ECC/Na­tional Bak­ing Com­pany join hands for ‘Lit­tle Lead­ers’

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

THE EARLY Child­hood Com­mis­sion (ECC) has strength­ened its part­ner­ship with the Na­tional Bak­ing Com­pany Foun­da­tion through the Lit­tle Lead­ers ini­tia­tive.

The ini­tia­tive’s over­all ob­jec­tive is to im­prove the lit­er­acy rate of chil­dren be­tween the ages of three and six years old.

The ECC’s part­ner­ship will en­hance the school-readi­ness skills of chil­dren in this age co­hort in a holis­tic way through phys­i­cal, so­cial, emo­tional and cog­ni­tive devel­op­ment.


Dis­tri­bu­tion of the kits be­gan on Septem­ber 21 to early child­hood in­sti­tu­tions is­land­wide, with one of the goals be­ing to help these in­sti­tu­tions meet Stan­dards Two and Five of the com­mis­sion’s ‘Stan­dards for the Op­er­a­tion, Man­age­ment and Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Early Child­hood In­sti­tu­tions’ through which the ECC regulates early child­hood in­sti­tu­tions.

Stan­dard Two ad­dresses devel­op­men­tal and ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes for chil­dren, while Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Na­tional Bak­ing Com­pany Foun­da­tion and the Early Child­hood Com­mis­sion pause for a photo op­por­tu­nity dur­ing the pack­ing of Lit­tle Lead­ers Kits last Wed­nes­day.

Stan­dard Five cov­ers equip­ment that pro­mote op­ti­mal devel­op­ment of chil­dren.

The Lit­tle Lead­ers Learn­ing Kits con­tain crayons, pa­per, blocks, balls, scis­sors, pup­pets, puz­zles, paint, brushes, play dough, glue sticks and other ma­nip­u­la­tives. They are de­signed to pro­mote fun and in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing among chil­dren in the three-to-six-year-old age co­hort.

“The in­ter­ac­tive items in­cluded in the learn­ing kits are very use­ful in as­sist­ing our chil­dren at the early child­hood level to en­hance their learn­ing skills in keep­ing with the Ja­maica Early Child­hood Cur­ric­ula,” said Michelle Camp­bell, the ECC’s di­rec­tor of sec­tor sup­port ser­vices, who was among per­sons as­sist­ing to pack the learn­ing kits at the re­cent dis­tri­bu­tion launch of the project.

“It also helps that the care­fully se­lected items con­trib­ute to the ea­ger­ness of chil­dren to learn through play,” Camp­bell added.

More than 3,000 kits are be­ing dis­trib­uted to just un­der 2,800 early child­hood in­sti­tu­tions that have ap­plied for cer­ti­fi­ca­tion across the is­land. The re­ceiv­ing in­sti­tu­tions are among those that are com­pli­ant with the ECC’s reg­is­tra­tion process and are in great­est need of sup­port. Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness and his wife Juliet, who started their re­la­tion­ship while at St Cather­ine High School.


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