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Early Childhood Development Unit Supports Nurseries in the Fight to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19

Basseterre, St. Kitts: The Early Childhood Development Unit (ECDU) held a Covid-19 Sensitization Session with nursery caregivers aimed at briefing caregivers on ways to “maintain healthy, safe and hygienic protocols to mitigate the spread of Covid-19”.

At the session held at the Early Childhood Development Unit’s Conference Room, Victoria Road, St. Kitts on Tuesday 16th February, Director of the Early Childhood Development Unit, Ms. Kimona Browne disclosed that nursery caregivers have been participating over the past weeks in training sessions supported by UNICEF.

The sessions were divided into two components. Component one, focused on providing the nursery caregivers with instructional and pedagogical knowledge to improve the learning environment for the infant-toddler stages. Component two of the program, a collaborative endeavour with the Ministry of Health, focused on, health, hygiene, and safety so as to promote effective responses to the changing demands of childcare brought about by the Covid-19 virus.

“In this component, a sensitization session…will enable supervisors and proprietors to develop knowledge and skills to maintain effectively, health, hygiene and safety protocols in nurseries, during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic” Ms. Browne explained
Ministry of Health representatives, Mr. Oren Martin, Senior Environmental Officer and staff nurse at the Joseph N. France General Hospital, Ms. Stephanie Hodge in their addressed the attendees reinforced the need to follow the established Covid-19 guidelines to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

In her address Nurse Hodge, provided tips on ways in which the child caregivers can safely abide by the Covid-19 protocols with the aim of keeping both themselves and the children safe from transmission. One such strategy mentioned was the “distancing strategy”.

At the end of the session, the nursery caregivers were provided with an Infant and toddler Covid-19 kit to help in their fight against the spread of the virus.

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