UWI launches programme for early childhood and day care providers | THE DAILY HERALD

Child care providers at launch of UWI Programme.

ANGUILLA–The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus Anguilla is collaborating with the Department of Social Development, the Organisation of Early Childhood Education and Day Care Providers on Anguilla to launch its Certificate Programme in Early Childhood Education Care and Development. Representatives from pre-schools and day care centres were on hand for the presentation last week.

The Certificate in Early Childhood Education Care and Development is part of the University’s local Continuing and Professional Development face-to-face programmes. It seeks to provide an alternative learning pathway for early childhood workers and others who wish to undertake further studies in early childhood education. It is also designed to expose individuals who are new, or are already working in the field, to the fundamentals of early childhood care and education. The four-course programme includes two practicums and focuses on the basic principles of operating an early childhood institution, health, safety and nutrition, working with family and community, as well as the basic needs of children with respect to the Articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In her remarks, Director of Family and Social Services with oversight of the day care centres, Daphne Hodge applauded the child care providers for their commitment to the continued improvement of their skills, including their positive response to the latest professional development opportunity. Hodge also commended the UWI Open Campus for reaching out and offering the specialised training for day care and early childhood care providers.

President of the Organisation of Early Childhood Education, Itasha Webster also had words of encouragement for the participants. Teacher Itasha, who is a recent graduate of the UWI’s Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Development and Family Studies programme, highlighted the important role of child care providers and pledged the support of the organisation.

Manager for the UWI British Overseas Territories, Dr. Phyllis Fleming Banks provided an overview of the programme and expressed the University’s appreciation for the collaborative efforts of the Department of Social Development and the Organisation of Early Childhood Education. The programme is scheduled to begin in September.

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