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‘Little Leaders’ to host islandwide workshops in mobile classroom

Published:Thursday | October 6, 2016 | 10:00 AM
The mobile classroom called ‘Training Wheels’.

The 'Little Leaders' programme, launched last month by the National Baking Company Foundation (NBCF), is an early childhood initiative which aims to support the overall literacy of students ranging from ages three to six, with a focus on mathematics and science.

This programme will see the distribution of learning kits which will contain tools to aid early-childhood institutions (ECIs) islandwide in engaging children with an innovative approach to teaching. In addition to learning kits, Kerry-Ann Henry, a specially trained early-childhood consultant, will be travelling to these institutions in the NBCF's mobile classroom - 'Training Wheels' to conduct workshops aimed at providing guidance to the teachers of the ECIs.

Trained in early-childhood teacher-trainer consultancy for more than five years, Henry is no stranger to early childhood education. She has previously undertaken similar roles in other privately owned foundations. Her role as teacher-consultant for 'Training Wheels' is to help teachers through various teacher-training workshops. "I'll be helping teachers to think more creatively and assist them in learning how to improve on classroom situations," said Henry. She added that the teacher-training will coincide with the standards of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC).

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The training will take place in two phases. The first being a hands-on interactive approach that will give Henry time to share the best practices and demonstrate how the tools in the National Little Leaders kit can be used to develop the skills required by the ECC.

The second phase will take place after the teacher has returned to the classroom. This phase will evaluate the impact of the teacher-development sessions on classroom practices. Additionally, this will give the teachers the opportunity to build on principles learnt, with special emphasis on how to integrate more maths and science in early-childhood classrooms.

The Training Wheels programme will operate within the standards of the ECC, with the focus being on ensuring that more early-childhood institutions receive certification. "At the end of the programme, the participants will receive a certificate," said Karen Gilbert, community relations manager at Continental Baking Company. "We are currently working with the ECC to have it recognised as part of the teachers' continuing professional development."