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Shayal Devi
Thursday, July 10, 2014

SAVE the Children Fiji has started work on revamping the guidelines set in place for early childhood education teachers.

About 20 teachers from 11 early childhood education centres in the Western Division gathered at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel yesterday to discuss what could be added to the guidelines.

Save the Children Fiji's education manager Ruth Kiulamu said the purpose of this was to support the national curriculum.

"We will be reviewing the guidelines and we are looking at an overall structure review of the sections of policy, including health, nutrition and safety," Ms Kiulamu said.

"I had a look at the guidelines before and it doesn't seem to be friendly at teachers' level.

"We want the participants to have a look at it and make suggestions.

"Stakeholders will later provide their feedback in order to better the document that will be used in their schools."

She said the Safe and Health Start Grow Smart manual would help communities that wanted to start education centres dedicated to preparing young children for formal schooling.

"New areas to be built into the manual will include child protection, health of young children and positive ways to discipline students without the use of corporal punishment."

Principal education officer West Albert Wise said the new guidelines would supplement the existing manuals in the centres.

"This will strengthen the teaching of early childhood education in the centres and will improve the policies of safety, health and nutrition as well."

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