Prepare your child well for life, says Powell

Students of Jack N Jill Kindergarten at Nadi Sangam School perform a special dance for their parents during the Early Childhood Education celebrations yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

PREPARE children for life by giving them the best upbringing and quality early childhood education. This was the message from Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation welfare officer John Powell during the Early Childhood Care and Education Week celebrations at Meigunyah Muslim Primary School yesterday.

He said good early childhood educators played a critical role in nurturing children to understand the importance of relationships with people and their natural surroundings.

“They recognise the connections between children, families and communities and the importance of mutual relationships and partnerships for learning,” he said.

“They see learning as a social activity and value collaborative learning and community participation. An integrated, holistic approach to teaching and learning also focuses on connections to the natural world.

“Educators foster children’s capacity to understand and respect the natural environment and the interdependence between people, plants, animals and the land.”

While speaking to students at Jack N Jill Kindergarten at Nadi Sangam School, welfare officer Vasemaca Uqeuqe said a child’s early years was very important because whatever they experienced in the first six years provided the foundation for the rest of their lives.

“These are the years in which a child’s brain is developing at its fastest pace, social and personal habits are forming and the foundation is being laid for life,” she said.

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