1st ECCE Forum: Platform for Sharing Good Practices
Professionals working in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Sectors and prospective Early Childhood Teachers had the opportunity to engage in a lecture by the Global Lead for Early Childhood Development at the World Bank, Dr Sophie Naudeau and a Consultant from the World Bank, Ms Rebecca Sayre. Ms Sayre had been working closely with the IECD over the last few months to develop the National Standards for Childminding Services. This was Dr Naudeau’s first visit to Seychelles which coincided with the Presentation and Certification Ceremony of the National Childminding Standards.
Dr Naudeau’s presentation brought forth the importance of investing in ECCE as a worthwhile goal to pursue for optimal holistic development of young children.
Ms Sayre on the other hand, spoke of the partnership that exists between the IECD and the World Bank through the development of the National Standards for Childminding Services. The development of the National Standards was undertaken through a participatory and consultative process involving the ECCE Sectors, relevant agencies, stakeholders, and partners.
Dr Naudeau also spoke about future possibilities for collaboration between Seychelles and the World Bank. She explained that the World Bank is very keen on providing technical expertise and assistance in the domain of Early Childhood Development (ECD) and encouraged those present to seize the opportunity for the improvement of ECD development in Seychelles. One of the future IECD projects with the World Bank is the “Establishment of Structures and Procedures for Data Collection on Early Childhood Development Indicators”.