Young Child Week observed in April

The Cayman Islands will be
“celebrating our past through play” during the Week of the Young Child from
10-16 April.

The week is a time to recognise the
needs of young children and thank the adults involved in their care and
education, according to Laurel Fraser of the Cayman Islands Early Childhood

“Early childhood education is vital
to our community,” she said. “Children need a strong early care and learning
foundation in order to succeed in school and in life.

“The research findings of brain
development have taught us that 85 per cent of a person’s intellect, personality
and social skills are developed by age five,” she said. She said there are
three things people can do to make a difference.

“As a community, we can show our
support for early learning by promoting early literacy programmes, thanking
teachers who care for our children and working to ensure that our public
policies support high-quality early learning opportunities for all young
children,” she said.

“It is important because young
children are the future of our islands and for that matter, the world, and we
need to focus on the many ways we can recognise and meet their needs in order
to secure a bright and prosperous future for them.

“The Week of the Young Child is a
time to remind all of us that the early years are learning years, and we should
work to make them count,” Ms Fraser said. “The Cayman Islands Early Childhood
Association believes that young children in the Cayman Islands deserve the best
start in life that we can give them.”

Activities for the week:

Sunday, 10 April, 4pm – Church
service to dedicate the Week of the Young Child, activities at the West Bay
Church of God

Monday, 11 April, 6-8pm – Pajama party
on The Paseo at Camana Bay, co-sponsored by Dart Cayman and Books and Books

Tuesday, 12 April – Reception for
early childhood educators and supporters at the Governor’s House (by invitation

Wednesday, 13 April, 9am-noon –
Open house visit: Preschoolers visit Year 1 classes at primary schools in their

Friday, 15 April – Play day;
old-time ring games and other activities at all preschools

Saturday, 16 April, 9am-noon –
Cayman Islands Early Childhood Association 15th anniversary celebration.