Saturday 7 December, 2019

National Bakery foundation launches play-day series for children

This youngster from Nadz Kidz Early Childhood Institution reached for the building blocks during Wednesday’s play day at Deliverance Centre Basic School.

This youngster from Nadz Kidz Early Childhood Institution reached for the building blocks during Wednesday’s play day at Deliverance Centre Basic School.

The National Baking Company Foundation (NBCF), through its Little Leaders Programme, has launched their 2019 Child Month series of Play Days.

 The play days, which will run from May 1st and will culminate on the 30th of the month, will see the engagement of students of 15 early childhood educational facilities across the island visited by members of the NBCF and encouraged to be active through play.

Trainer and Early Childhood Specialist with the Little Leaders Programme Kerry-Ann Henry, who is spearheading the 2019 activities, was on hand for the first stop in the series, a joint play day for the Deliverance Centre Basic School and Nadz Kidz World Early Childhood Institution at Deliverance Centre in Seaview Gardens in Kingston on Wednesday.

Trainer and Early Childhood Specialist with the Little Leaders Programme Kerry-Ann Henry joined students for a session of colouring inside the mobile classroom.

“Earlier this year we had put out the call for ECCs (Early Childhood Centres) to be involved in our play days as we wanted to ensure that we were able to reach as many schools as possible. We work very closely with the Early Childhood Commission and wanted to ensure that from the overwhelming responses from schools, we ensured to select registered schools with numbers that we would be able to facilitate activities within our mobile classroom,” Henry shared.

She added that for this year, in addition to the play days, there will be participation in Read Across Jamaica Day on May 7 as well as t-shirt and cupcake decorating at some of the school visits.

Teachers and students of Deliverance Centre Basic School and Nadz Kidz Early Childhood Institution gathered outside the NCBF Mobile classroom ahead of the start of the play day activities.

“This year we wanted to change the approach somewhat which is why we decided to add t-shirt and cupcake decorating. Not only do we want our little ones to get out of the traditional classroom setting and play but we want them to explore their creative side as well. The best part of these activities is that whatever they create they get to keep and as for the cupcakes, eat,” she added.

 

 

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