Day-care centres now “of the standard” – CCPA

first_imgAs a result of a number interventions made over time, the Childcare and Protection Agency (CCPA) has been able to up its standards of day-care facilities across the country, which were previously below standard.Early Childhood Development Executive Officer, Lavern ThorneThis was according to the Executive Officer of Early Childhood Development, Lavern Thorne during an interview with Guyana Times.Some of the works that were done to those centres include rehabilitation to the buildings, proper play spaces and materials, trained and qualified staff, among others.Thorne disclosed, “Before we hadn’t met minimum standards that would regulate these facilities but now we have minimum standards that facilities are required to meet and based on that, they go through a process where they have to be registered and licensed”.She added that among the requirements needed for those facilities is Police clearance, a food handler’s certificate and even a medical to ensure certain diseases would not be transmitted to children who are more vulnerable.Moreover, a number of assessments were also conducted by the Guyana Fire Service, the building and public health officers, as well as officers from the Unit who check to ensure the overall environment is child-friendly.Because of the fact that a child’s mind develops massively during those early years, the Childhood Development officer pointed out that they also ensure books are present to help children develop their reading skills.She pointed out that some 7000 babies are presently in 333 day cares, with about 800 caregivers.Although most of those day cares are privately owned, Thorne noted how crucial it is for the CCPA to monitor these facilities.Her statements come at a time where Guyana is observing Child Protection Week under the theme ‘Supporting families to prevent child abuse through education and community involvement’.A number of activities are planned for the week which began on September 23 and will conclude today (Saturday) with a funday in the Botanical Gardens for all children. That event is expected to commence at 14:00h.last_img read more


first_imgThe people of West Donegal are celebrating after the opening of a state-of-the-art preschool and aftercare facility following a capaign which has lasted nine long years.Spraoi le Cheile an exciting purpose built preschool and afterschool facility that has opened its doors to some very excited children in the Dungloe area this week.This new facility follows the work and dedication by a hard working, local, voluntary committee to enhance facilities for the children and parents in Dungloe and the surrounding area. The project which cost €1.1 million and was built by local building contractor Mr. Charlie Doherty of Beleem Construction has received funding and help from Pobail under the National Development Plan, Comhar Naionrai na Gaeltachta Teoranta, Udaras Na Gaeltachta etc.Spraoi Le Cheile offers a baby care facility, a Nionra service where preschool children are taught through the medium of Irish by local native Irish speakers.There is a sensory room for children with learning difficulties and special needs. This room can also be used for those children needing a little time out/chill time if they are feeling a little tired.The afterschool provides a bright and comfortable area for primary students who can come for a period after their school day and complete homework tasks and offers a custom designed computer suite for children to learn their basic computer skills. Spraoi Le Cheile are currently employing 8 people both full and part time. All staff have excellent qualifications, which blend seamlessly together with the latest and most up to date equipment.The opening hours are currently Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm (but these can be extended to accommodate parents needs).There are full time and sessional places still available. Sproai Le Cheile are a community based group working for the community and are striving to accommodate all children no matter what their needs or specific requirements are.Subvention is also available to parents on low income or income support and this gives parents the opportunity to get back to work or undertake training to enable them to get back into the work force.Spraoi le Cheile is conveniently located off the Carnmore Road in Dungloe (Glenties Road) beside the parochial hall and within walking distance (500 meters) of Dungloe’s Main Street & Supervalu / Aldi/ Lidl Shopping Centres. Contact Details: For more information or to view the facility you can contact Nora/Roseanne on 07495 61686 or Christine on 087 2206225EndsNEW DUNGLOE CHILDCARE FACILITY OPENS AFTER HEROIC NINE YEAR CAMPAIGN was last modified: September 6th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:childcaredungloeSpraoi le Cheilelast_img read more