National celebrates Child Month with series of play days

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THE National Baking Company Foundation (NBCF), through its Little Leaders programme, has been hosting a series of play days as part of its Child Month activities.

The play days, which began on May 1 and are expected to culminate on May 30, have seen students of several early childhood educational facilities across the island being visited by members of the NBCF and encouraged to be active through play.

Trainer and early childhood specialist with the Little Leaders programme, Kerry-Ann Henry, who is spearheading the 2019 activities, was on hand for the first stop in the series — a joint play day for Deliverance Centre Basic School and Nadz Kidz World Early Childhood Institution at Deliverance Centre in Seaview Gardens in Kingston on Wednesday.

Henry, who explained that this is the third year for the NBCF and the Little Leaders Programme, said that while several schools were considered, only 15 were selected.

“Earlier this year we had put out the call for ECCs (early childhood centres) to be involved in our play days as we wanted to ensure that we were able to reach as many schools as possible. We work very closely with the Early Childhood Commission and wanted to ensure that, from the overwhelming responses from schools, we ensured to select registered schools with numbers that we would be able to facilitate during activities within our mobile classroom,” Henry said.

She added that for this year, in addition to the play days, there was participation in Read Across Jamaica Day on May 7 as well as T-shirt-and cupcake-decorating at some of the school visits.

“This year we wanted to change the approach somewhat, which is why we decided to add T-shirt-and cupcake-decorating. Not only do we want our little ones to get out of the traditional classroom setting and play, we want them to explore their creative side as well. The best part of these activities is that whatever they create they get to keep, and as for the cupcakes, eat,” added Henry.

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