Criterion Referenced Test Town Hall Meetings

Melissa Rollock Ministry News

The Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training will be hosting a series of town hall meetings on the Criterion Referenced Test and National Assessment this month, and in February. The meetings are aimed at sensitizing parents, teachers and principals about the processes involved in the administration of the test, which assesses children in Infants B, Class 2 and Class …

Licence Renewal Time For Child Care Operators

Paula Harper-Grant Ministry News

The Child Care Board is reminding all operators of private day care centres to register, or renew their licences by January 31, 2019.  This notice also applies to owners of family day care centres, who are classified as persons providing daily care for three or more children (other than their own) in their homes. Registration is an annual process which …

Plans To Help Children With Behavioural Problems

Joy Springer Top Stories

There are plans to create a residential facility for school children with behavioural problems for whom long-term intervention may be necessary, but it will not happen immediately. News of this came from Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley last Saturday, as she addressed a ceremony to officially open the Thrive Family Centre, a psychiatric facility for children, located on the grounds …

Course On International Child Abduction

Sharon Austin Ministry News

Those persons who work on issues directly related to children or in entities that promote and protect the rights of children and adolescents will have an opportunity to increase their knowledge. They can apply for the Inter-American Children’s Institute of the Organization of American States’ online course, entitled: Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, which will begin on Wednesday, May 23. …

Licence Reminder For Private Day Care Operators

Paula Harper-Grant Ministry News

The Child Care Board is urging all operators of private day care centres to register, or renew their licences by January 31, 2018.  This notice also applies to owners of family day care centres, who are classified as persons providing daily care for three or more children (other than their own) in their homes. Registration is an annual process which …

Registration Open For Child Care Course

Deirdre Gittens Ministry News

The Community Development Department is inviting interested persons to register for its Childcare and Nursery Management course, beginning in September 2017. It will be held at the Deacons Resource Centre, Deacons Road, St. Michael, and registration forms may be collected and returned to that centre. For further information, interested persons should contact the Community Development Department at 535-1650 or 535-1665, …

Children & Mental Health

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The stigma attached to mental health issues discourages many parents from accessing the help their children need. But help is available. The Child Guidance Clinic at the Branford Taitt Polyclinic is opened Monday to Friday, providing mental health care to children. Psychiatrist at the clinic, Dr. June Price-Humphrey notes: “Mental health has a lot of stigma and it’s even worse …

Submit Short Stories On Children’s Rights

Sharon Austin Ministry News

(Stock Photo)Young Barbadians have another opportunity to showcase their creativity by writing short stories outlining their vision for the promotion and protection of their rights. The Inter-American Children’s Institute (IIN) of the Organization of American States (OAS) has issued a call for short stories for the publication, Rights Should Not Be a Fairy Tale. Entries will be accepted in two …

Early Childhood Development A Priority

Joy Springer Ministry News

Barbados is committed to ensuring that the healthy cognitive, social and emotional development of young children receives the highest priority. This was revealed on Monday by Senior Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Karen Broome, as she delivered the feature address at the opening ceremony of an early childhood development training workshop, sponsored by the Pan American Health …

Register For Nutrition Summer Camp 2016

Joy Springer Ministry News

(Stock Photo) The National Nutrition Centre’s annual summer camp will run from July 4 to 15 at the Lester Vaughan Secondary School, Cane Garden, St. Thomas. The nutrition camp is open to children aged nine to 12 and will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each day. It will centre on the theme Healthy Foods for Children and Young …