Sunday 15 September, 2019

Early Childhood Commission developing Brain Builder Centres

Children during play time at St Paul's United Early Childhood Institution in Kingston.

Children during play time at St Paul's United Early Childhood Institution in Kingston.

The Early Childhood Commission (ECC) says it is continuing to partner with Early Childhood Institutions (ECIs) across Jamaica to create Brain Builder Centres (BBCs).

The BBC initiative is the government’s commitment to the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, the ECC said.

Through the provision of high quality day care facilities, the initiative reportedly seeks to enhance early stimulation, improve nutrition and safety through the use of a specially designed curriculum for the 0-3 cohort, delivered by well trained teachers/caregivers to all of Jamaica's children.

"The (Ministry of Education, Youth and Information) supports the BBCs through additional funding for trained teachers and caregivers to maintain the legally required ratios of child to caregiver, cooks to provide nutritious meals and providing general and special grants for early stimulation resources," the ECC said in a press release.

Additionally, through the ECC’s Zone Lead Teachers Programme, the ECC said practitioners will be trained to provide support for their peers to assist with comprehensive programmes to meet school readiness and other needs of children.

"The mentorship component of the programme will help ECIs to meet certification standards," said the ECC, adding that it wishes all Early Childhood Institutions a safe and productive Easter term.
 

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