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DS-LS Overview

The Learning and Development Support Unit (LDSU) in Iyad Perdaus was set up to oversee the operations of the DS-LS program. The objective of this program is to help improve children’s mild developmental conditions through early intervention. This will ensure a smoother transition to mainstream primary schooling for the child.

LDSU at Iyad Perdaus

In 2017, Iyad Perdaus was appointed by the Ministry of Social & Family Services (MSF) to run the Development & Learning Support program (DS-LS); an initiative by MSF to provide early intervention and learning support for children with mild developmental needs in mainstream kindergarten.

Operating from Iyad centres, LDSU unit comprises Early Interventionists & Learning Support Educators – who are trained professionals in the field of early childhood education. They specialise in providing appropriate development and learning support to children in one-to-one or small group settings within the preschool. They continue to provide classroom support for these children after the completion of the intervention packages through in-class support systems.

There are two types of learning packages offered in the DS-LS program:

  • Learning Support Packages:
    Literacy Skills, Language Development, Social Skills, Handwriting Skills
  • Development Support Packages:
    Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Therapy, Psychological Services

Programme fees are based on a National Means Testing System, and is subsidised by the Ministry of Social & Family Development (MSF) as well as the National Council of Social Services (NCSS). The fees are determined by the type of intervention recommended for the child – with higher levels of support provided to lower income families.