Equipping early childhood practitioners

Thirty-two early childhood practitioners are learning the basics of child development in an Early Childhood Care and Education Unit introduction course.

Designed specifically for individuals working in the industry, it aims to teach practitioners about sociocultural theory and practice, child development milestones, communication and language development, as well as literacy and numeracy learning.

Participants will learn how to plan activities for infants, toddlers and youngsters, incorporating aspects of the new Cayman Islands Early Year Curriculum Framework being developed by the ECCE and which was recently shared with early childhood centre representatives.

Participants will present these, along with portfolios chronicling their six-week journey, during the last week.

“The need for an introductory course was indicated when unit staff gathered information on the professional development needs of early childhood care and education practitioners,” said Julie Madgwick, a senior policy adviser for Early Childhood Care and Education.

She said the course is a prerequisite for participants to continue their studies with the unit.

At the moment, two courses are being offered concurrently – each with 16 participants – from 4pm to 6.30pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the George Town Primary School.

Another professional development course is scheduled for 15 and 16 November. For details email [email protected]

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