Amongst the numerous programmes that Morning Star Community Services offer is the NOVA Learning Intervention Programme. Mainstream children enrolled in the programme exhibit weak foundational skills, poor decision-making habits and often struggle with social-emotional regulation. This affects their ability to learn and meet the requirements of school. These children tend to be from multi-stressed, low-income families.
The daily programme helps children develop confidence and strengthen their competencies in each of the four domains (social, emotional, behavioural and academic learning skills). The programme also helps parents by empowering them with skills to support their children at home.
The structure, routine and discipline practised in the programme enable the children to learn how to regulate their own emotions and behaviour, boosting their confidence and self-esteem. Consequently, they begin to show improvements in their school work and interpersonal relationships. As values and habits take time to grow deep roots, children graduate from NOVA at different times.
The daily programme has its objectives, to help children develop and strengthen their learning abilities in each of the four domains (social, emotional, behavioural and academic learning skills) by:
The programme also involves counselling work with the parents of the child through:
The operations of NOVA Programme runs on a daily basis from Monday to Friday which includes the four term holidays. With the increasing demand for our services, we plan to provide the NOVA Learning Intervention Programme in primary schools island-wide for students who have learning difficulties. Currently, there is one community-based and three school-based NOVA Labs in operation with a total enrolment of about 80 students.
Current NOVA Labs