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Healthy start for teachers

Sherita Sharma
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

COMMUNITY teachers involved with Early Childhood Education (ECE) centres facilitated by Save the Children Fiji are being trained at the Peninsula International Hotel in Suva.

SC Fiji has been hosting the training sessions which have been in progress from December 3 and will go until December 14.

Thrity two teachers are part of the training to go through the ECE Program Guideline and Quality Indicators checklist 'Safe and Healthy Start — Grow Smart'.

The guideline accommodates health, safety and nutrition in everyday learning and teaching at ECE centres.

SC Fiji project manager Barbara Ratabacaca said the training would complement the National ECE Curriculum and meet SC Fiji requirements like child protection issues.

"The training focuses on the health, safety and nutrition aspects of the ECE centres as these are the foundations that look into the holistic development of early childhood," she said.

"The teachers are encouraged to prepare daily diary entries during the training on the reflections of what they have learnt which are closely monitored by the SC Fiji educators."

Ms Ratabacaca said educators would monitor ECE centres after the training to ensure what the teachers learnt would be put to practice.

Some of the preschool teachers are taking the initiative to start their own in-house programs to ensure children get a healthy start to education.

Wainadoi preschool teacher Mohini Lata has added health and safety rules to the centre policy and will work with the management, parents, children and the community to achieve its goals.

She has introduced a healthy diet plan for the children.

"I have added rules to the policy such as not allowing children to eat junk food but to encourage them to eat more fruits and vegetables and keeping the environment clean," she said.


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