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National validation workshop on the draft standards for centre-based childminding services | 12 February 2020

The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development and the Institute of Early Childhood Development (IECD) in collaboration with key sectors in ECCE are organising a national consultation and validation workshop on the draft national standards for centre-based childminding services and day care services) on Friday February 14, 2020.

The aim of the workshop, which will run from 8.30am to 3.30pm at the STC conference room, is to sensitise the participants on the draft standards for centre-based childminding services and to solicit their valuable contributions.

The Institute of Early Childhood Development Act 2014 (IECD Act 2014) makes provision for the regulation of childminding services by IECD, which includes both home-based and centre-based services.

In February 2019, as part of the transition plan for the migration and full regulation of centre-based services from the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development to IECD, a team from SEED Institute in Singapore carried out a thorough assessment in all 27 registered centres in Seychelles. Several issues were identified and recommendations were proposed.

One of the major recommendations is the revision of the existing and development of new standards to raise the quality and overall service provision.

Several standards have been developed through the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders and partners in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in Seychelles. These standards will not only set the norms but also establish expectations for all relevant stakeholders, including day care personnel, parents and children among other professionals in ECCE.

The event will be attended by various high level officials including ministers and chief executives of ECCE sectors, the ambassador for women and children, the chairman of the IECD Board and day care operators among other invitees.

The resource persons for this event are Shirley Choppy, the chief executive of IECD and Selby Dora, consultant/ regulator of day care services.

 

Press release from IECD

 

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