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					      GRENADA
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
• Birth to 8 years
• Government established programmes for
  each of the three phases in early
  childhood:
   – Birth–3 in day care centres
   – 3-5 in pre-schools
   – 5-7 in primary schools
• Programmes are monitored & supported
  by the Day Care Coordinator & Early
  Childhood Officers
AVAILABILITY OF ECE

• ECE provided by government & private
  sector
• 74 public pre-schools
• Approx. 25 private preschools
• There are pre-school departments housed
  in some of the primary schools
DAY CARE
• The Ministry of Social Development is
 responsible for the Day Care (0-3)
  – Public Day Care Services introduced in
    1958
  – Presently more than 15 centres are
    operating
  – Training is provided by the government
    for the caregivers
  – Roving Caregivers Programme: the
    caregivers work with the children & their
    parents/guardians in their homes
PRE-SCHOOL
• The Ministry of Education responsible for
  the Pre-School (3-5)
• 1962 introduced as a private venture,
  assisted by government
• 1980s government included pre school
  education in the national primary
  education system
• Mission: to provide pre-school education
  for 3-5 year olds that will promote all-
  round development
• Curriculum: developed byEarly Childhood
  Unit of the M of E – thematic approach
TEACHERS
• 146 teachers – all female
• Formal training at the Community College
• Specialised training in Trinidad
• Receive on the spot training by ECE
  Supervisors
• Teacher exchange visits to look at best
  practices in ECE
• Meetings – pre-school & Kindergarten and
  Grade 1 teachers to discuss transition
POLICY STANDARDS FOR ECE
• Policy endorsed by government in 2002 &
 will govern the early childhood services,
 both public & private
• the goals are to:
  – empower & encourage collaboration
    among stakeholders to ensure quality
    service is provided
  – Strengthen services & interventions to
    ensure positive outcomes
  – Use cost effective strategies
  – Empower parents & caregivers
  – Provide training
       Thank You

Ivy Harris – Early Childhood
        Supervision

				
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