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Contact: John Emmanuel

June 15, 1998 - New strategies aimed at maximizing outputs from Day Care Training Programmes were on the agenda for discussion Friday, as graduates from across the island met for a one-day conference on Basic Day Care Training.

It was back in 1978 that government first became directly involved in the operations of Day Care Centres on the island, at the time, training in Child Development was unheard. Today participants are sharing child development experiences as graduates of a Basic Child Care Course.

During that twenty year period strategic partnerships have been formed, with groups like the St. Lucia Save the Children Fund, the Majra Zacks Foundation, the Canadian Fund and the World Food Programme which saw the formal introduction of feeding programmes at Day Care centres across the island.

The partnership has also brought with it an increase in the construction of Day Care centres, as well as training for Day Care workers.

More impressions are being made this year via the STABEX Funded programme of the European Union, which as approved of Day Care centre assistance to La Caye, Cul-De-Sac and Found Assau, while seven others will benefit from out door play equipment....an aspect Mr. Odlum says that has been seriously deficient in child care development.

To date there’s been 16 sessions under the Basic Child Development Course programme, with over 140 graduates.

The overall intention is to assist working parents by providing a place for their infants, ensuring the child’s total development, while making it possible for older children to remain in school, as oppose to the old practice of leaving them at home in order to care for younger siblings.

 

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