Early Child Development
In keeping with the CARICOM Regional Guidelines, the Ministry of Education (MoE) led in the development of an integrated Early Childhood Development policy and work plan which was enriched with lessons learnt from work in other countries.
UNICEF provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Education for the development of national policies and standards on early childhood development and the establishment of child friendly schools with some of the major components focusing on alternative discipline.
UNICEF continues to support ECD policy development. There will also be focus on extending Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) principles into pre-school programmes; establishing protocols for school-readiness and focusing on issues of access, especially of the most vulnerable children.