‘Lit­tle Lead­ers’ to host is­land­wide work­shops

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

The mo­bile class­room called ‘Train­ing Wheels’. THE ‘LIT­TLE Lead­ers’ pro­gramme, launched last month by the Na­tional Bak­ing Com­pany Foun­da­tion (NBCF), is an early child­hood ini­tia­tive which aims to sup­port the over­all lit­er­acy of stu­dents rang­ing from ages three to six, with a fo­cus on math­e­mat­ics and sci­ence.

This pro­gramme will see the dis­tri­bu­tion of learn­ing kits which will con­tain tools to aid ear­ly­child­hood in­sti­tu­tions (ECIs) is­land­wide in en­gag­ing chil­dren with an in­no­va­tive ap­proach to teach­ing. In ad­di­tion to learn­ing kits, Kerry-Ann Henry, a spe­cially trained early-child­hood con­sul­tant, will be trav­el­ling to th­ese in­sti­tu­tions in the NBCF’s mo­bile class­room – ‘Train­ing Wheels’ to con­duct work­shops aimed at pro­vid­ing guid­ance to the teach­ers of the ECIs.

Trained in early-child­hood teacher-trainer con­sul­tancy for more than five years, Henry is no stranger to early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion. She has pre­vi­ously un­der­taken sim­i­lar roles in other pri­vately owned foun­da­tions. Her role as teacher-con­sul­tant for ‘Train­ing Wheels’ is to help teach­ers through var­i­ous teacher-train­ing work­shops. “I’ll be help­ing teach­ers to think more cre­atively and as­sist them in learn­ing how to im­prove on class­room sit­u­a­tions,” said Henry. She added that the teacher­train­ing will co­in­cide with the stan­dards of the Early Child­hood Com­mis­sion (ECC).


The train­ing will take place in two phases. The first be­ing a hands-on in­ter­ac­tive ap­proach that will give Henry time to share the best prac­tices and demon­strate how the tools in the Na­tional Lit­tle Lead­ers kit can be used to de­velop the skills re­quired by the ECC.

The sec­ond phase will take place af­ter the teacher has re­turned to the class­room. This phase will eval­u­ate the im­pact of the teacher-de­vel­op­ment ses­sions on class­room prac­tices. Ad­di­tion­ally, this will give the teach­ers the op­por­tu­nity to build on prin­ci­ples learnt, with spe­cial em­pha­sis on how to in­te­grate more maths and sci­ence in early-child­hood class­rooms.

The Train­ing Wheels pro­gramme will op­er­ate within the stan­dards of the ECC, with the fo­cus be­ing on en­sur­ing that more early-child­hood in­sti­tu­tions re­ceive cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. “At the end of the pro­gramme, the par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate,” said Karen Gil­bert, com­mu­nity re­la­tions man­ager at Con­ti­nen­tal Bak­ing Com­pany. “We are cur­rently work­ing with the ECC to have it recog­nised as part of the teach­ers’ con­tin­u­ing pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment.”


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