TRAINING OF CHILDMINDERS

Continual upgrading and improving quality in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)in Seychelles, is of paramount importance to the Institute of Early Childhood Development (IECD); hence its recent training for a 3rd group of Childminders alongside a training programme in Basic Peadiatric First Aid.

 

The Pre-Registration Training Programme took place over seven Saturdays, from the 16th September until the 4th November 2017.These sessions were organized and coordinated by IECD and facilitated by specialists from the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Family Affairs, Ministry of Local Government, Department of Youth and Sport and the Seychelles Fire and Rescue Service Agency.It was aimed at providing the home based care providers knowledge and skills on the National Standards and Childminding Regulations, 2016. This group of participants consisted of both practicing and prospective Childminders as well as Childminding Assistants.

For the first time in Seychelles, three men who are currently working as Childminders’ Assistants completed the Pre-Registration Sensitization and Training Programme.

It confirmed the fact that men are just as capable of being great teachers, role models and positively influence children’s lives. Gender should not be a factor in determining ability, positive experiences and genuine willingness to enrich a child’s life.

A group of 37 Childminders completed the Basic Pediatric Fist Aid Training Programme, organized jointly by IECD and the Red Cross Society of Seychelles. The training is aimed at equipping the Childminders with the knowledge and skills to better cope with minor or even major incidents or accidents that may occur within their childminding establishment. The participants from both programmes found the training to be very informative and the knowledge gained will assist them in offering a better service. The participants were awarded their certificate in a special ceremony on December 7th which was held at the STC Conference room.