smiles, happy faces, and a bit shy but pleasant "Good morning,
visitors!" All these greeted visitors at the five-star Piapi
Resource Day Care Center 2.
Sitting in their
wooden chairs inside the well-equipped classroom, day care
children, Mico Alfabeto, Joanne Tecson, Jeandy Dinawanao,
and Charize Duran, aged five and six, without hesitation,
talked about their lives with their "Ma'am Emma."
" Mag -drawing
man mi, unya mag -story-telling pod . Kahibalo
na man mi mag -write sa among name (We like
drawing and storytelling. We know how to write our names),"
Day care teacher
Emma Emia Eran remembers how shy these children were at first.
"But now they have gained independence since their mothers
only bring them here and fetch them after school hours," said
Eran who has been a day care teacher for the past ten years.
Eran also disclosed
that each child is taught how to be self-reliant by preparing
themselves for school every morning with little assistance
from their mothers.
said, " Ako ra mag -brush sa akong teeth
unya maligo pod . (I can brush my teeth and take
my own bath)".
The children are
also given time to play as part of their daily schedule to
develop their sense of camaraderie. "They are made to play
and are taught to clean up after playing," added Eran.
Aside from playing,
the day care pupils are taught values such as praying before
meals, washing of hands, and helping in household chores Anna
Marie Tecson, 35, mother of Joanne, said that her daughter
has learned to pray before meals. She also helps in simple
chores such as sweeping the floor and doing the laundry.
The Social Welfare
and Development Regional Office gave the five-star rating
after assessing the facilities at the center. The Piapi Resource
Day Care Center 2 has a community corner, play house, mini-library,
arts and crafts display and visual aids necessary for effective
learning. The community corner is a miniature of the different
institutions found in a community like a church, school, hospital,
and city hall.
The day care center
also has its own comfort room, another requirement for a five-star
status. Another factor to consider in earning a five-star
status is the qualities of the day care teacher.
In many parts of
the country, UNICEF helps day care centers like Piapi to become
more responsive to the special needs of preschool children.
UNICEF provides technical and financial assistance in training
day care workers and orienting parents on early childhood
care and development.
A former beauty
queen during her college days and now a mother of three, Eran
admitted her love for children made her stay at the day care
center despite offers of lighter and even high-paying jobs.
is very important in handling the children since every year
you get to encounter different types of day care kids,”
Eran concluded. After all, she draws her strength from these
children’s happy faces and toothless smiles