Our Programme Philosophy

As parents, we wish our children to be happy and satisfied with their lives, have solid relationships and be successful in school. Yet, childhood offers no shield against the emotional hurts, challenges and uncertainties that are part and parcel of growing up. Children have to deal with problems ranging from adapting to a new classroom, being bullied by classmates to examination stress.

The ability for our children to thrive despite these challenges arises from the skills of resilience – a skill that can be learned.

The Open Centre is committed to providing every child with a safe and nurturing environment to grow in and to learn essential life skills that will help them to better cope with adversities, life challenges and other significant sources of stress.

What Is Social and Emotional Learning?

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a process of learning life skills to understand and manage one’s emotions, demonstrate care and concern for others, establish solid and positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations constructively.

The proximal goals of SEL programmes are to foster the development of 5 interrelated sets of cognition, emotion, and behaviour competencies:

Self-awareness, Self-management, Social awareness, Relationship skills and Responsible decision-making (CASEL).

Importance of Social and Emotional Learning

SEL is fundamental to children’s emotional development, health, ethical development, motivation to achieve and academic learnings.

Children learn in collaboration with their families, teachers and peers. Therefore, their emotional and relationships processes can facilitate or impede their academic engagement, commitment, and ultimate school success.  Extensive developmental research indicates that effective mastery of social-emotional competencies is associated with greater well-being, personal, social and academic success.

We present The Resilient Child (6 – 12 y.o)Our group-based social and emotional learning programmes give participants the tools to overcome these challenges, stay calm, confident, and be healthy, social and most importantly HAPPY.

The Resilient Child is a programme that enhances social emotional skills through the incorporation of mindfulness practice.