A church service, pyjama party and reading sessions with local ‘celebrities’ will be among the events held in Cayman next week as part of an international event to celebrate young children.
The Cayman Islands Early Childhood Association is organising a series of activities to show appreciation for young children, teachers and carers.
Events will kick-off with a service at Red Bay church on 21 April. The pyjama party takes place at Camana Bay the following day from 6-8pm and is open to all.
There will also be a chance for young children to visit the school they will be joining in September and meet their teacher at a separate event on Thursday.
The week concludes with a celebration brunch for members of the early childhood association on 27 April.
Susie Bodden, of the association, said it was the 15th time the week of the young child, which is celebrated internationally, had been held in Cayman.
She said: “The pyjama party at Camana Bay is the big event of the week that is open to the public. We are asking the children to come in their pyjamas, bring their cuddly toys and we will have story time, arts and crafts and dancing in Gardenia Court. It’s just a fun event for parents to bring their kids and come out and enjoy themselves.”
The ‘celebrity reading day’ on Wednesday will feature prominent Caymanians going into early learning centres and schools to read to children. Teenagers from Cayman’s high schools will also be involved in the event.
“What we want to do is to show that we value young children and the pre-school teachers and volunteers that look after them every day,” said Ms Bodden.
She said the association was also involved in delivering training to teachers and volunteers on an ongoing basis.