Early Childhood workers thanked by Ministry
Awardees of the child month 2018 Prize Giving Ceremony
June 22, 2018
Early Childhood workers thanked by Ministry

Parents, practitioners and institutions in the Early Childhood sub-sector have been acknowledged for their contributions.

They were recognized by the Early Childhood Department in the Ministry of Education at the Child Month 2018 Prize Giving Ceremony on June 15 at Frenches House.

In remarks at the ceremony, chief education officer Beverly Neptune commended the Early Childhood Department for celebrating and appreciating early childhood educators, practitioners and parents.

“The closing of Child’s Month is the most appropriate time to recognize the important role that you early childhood educators play in the most critical learning stage of our children’s lives.”

She noted that the fact that early childhood educators and practitioners show up for work early and leave late to ensure the safety of the children warrants them more appreciation from parents, the Ministry of Education and by all other stakeholders.

The Chief Education Officer also acknowledged the work which has been done in the Early Childhood sub-sector by private operators, churches and Non-Governmental Organizations.

“I also applaud the Government’s move towards Early Childhood Education, given that research suggests that the foundation of any nation rests on the quality and accessibility of early childhood care and development of all children. Neptune also applauded the Best Practices Award, one of the awards categories in this year’s prize giving ceremony.

chief education officer Beverly Neptune

Also addressing the ceremony, president of the National Association for Early Childhood Education (NAECE) Esther Pompey said the NAECE will honour its commitment to reward eligible practitioners who are or will be enrolled at the St Vincent and the Grenadines Community College, Division of Teacher Education or the University of the West Indies to pursue studies in Early Childhood Education as they seek to broaden their knowledge in this field.

Meanwhile, Senior Education Officer in Early Childhood Education, Gwenette Cambridge dedicated her speech to Judith Hull-Ballah whom she said was instrumental in her choosing a path in Early Childhood Education.

Cambridge said we must develop a culture of saying thank you because when people feel appreciated they feel a sense of self-worth and that is what underpins the Early Childhood Department’s thought of hosting a National Awards Ceremony at this level.

Cambridge, who spent the last decade in Early Childhood Education and who will be leaving the sector soon thanked the Ministry of Education for the opportunity to serve, noting that she has finished the course and did her best.

The three categories of Awards were: Parents Award, Best Practices Award and Practitioners Award. The Parents Award went to the parents who not only care for their own children but that of the other children and are always supportive of the early childhood centre that their child attends, the Best Practices Award was given to the schools that demonstrate the best standards and the Practitioners Award went to the teachers who are dependable, responsible and are able to manage the early childhood centres in the absence of the owner.

This is the third year that the Early Childhood Department within the Ministry of Education is hosting a prize giving ceremony to recognize the contributions of those in Early Childhood Education. Awards and Certificates were sponsored by local businesses.