Little Scholars Academy goes beyond call of duty
Investment in early-childhood education is important in order to maximise the future potential of young children. Tanika Small-Clough, director at Little Scholars Academy, believes that this is a crucial stage of a child's physical, intellectual, emotional and social development.
"It is a time when children particularly need high-quality personal care and learning experiences. Growth of mental and physical abilities progress at an astounding rate, and a very high proportion of learning takes place from birth to age six," Small-Clough said.
As a director of Executive Housekeeping Management, Small-Clough thought of ways in which she could integrate the training of persons in her business while offering quality early-childhood education.
"We offer placement and training for housekeepers, nannies and gardeners. The type of training they need cannot be done in one day, so we decided to create a space. Initially, we thought of a training centre, but decided to have a school environment where, especially the nannies, can get the experience they need free of cost," Small-Clough said.
Little Scholars Academy is located on the SOS Children's Village property in Stony Hill, St Andrew. The children who live on the premises do not pay to attend the school; however, a majority of those who attend the institution are paying students.
"The school offers scholarships to the children of SOS, so they will be educated at no cost to them. We also offer free early-childhood and child-care training to the older SOS wards. My own nanny and child-care staff and select young women from the surrounding community in Stony Hill (also receive training)," Small-Clough said.
"The members of the community are getting the training they need, and we are by extension helping to uplift these community members by offering assistance in early-childhood education and child-care," Small-Clough added.
She stated that the curriculum offered at Little Scholars Academy is in sync with that of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MOEYI) guide for early-childhood institutions.
They have also expanded the programme offerings to include foreign languages, the arts, and computer technology.
"Our clients who wish to expand their children's activities outside the home now have an option to send them to Little Scholars Academy. We have an open registration, and any child of the age group may register," Small-Clough said.
"We have regular school hours, and then we offer an extended learning session, where students can get their homework done in aftercare. Aftercare goes up to 6:30 p.m. at a cost of $2,500 per week. Regular school per term is $35,000," Small-Clough added.
Little Scholars Academy is now registering students for January 2017. Interested persons can contact 512-7293 or 567-5162. Sponsors of Little Scholars Academy include the National Commercial Bank, Edgechem and Kirk Distributors Limited.