Nursery education in Barbados will receive a boost in coming months, when the construction of six new state-of-the-art public nursery schools is completed.
The sites of two of the schools in the project, at Gall Hill, Christ Church and Oldbury, St. Philip, were visited today by Minister Ronald Jones, as well as by representatives from his Ministry and the Maria Holder Memorial Trust, which is funding the project.
Following a tour of the soon-to-be-completed Maria Holder Nursery School at Gall Hill, the Education Minister expressed his approval of the project.??
???We are extremely pleased as to the progress of this project; it is an excellent architectural concept. We are pleased that (construction) is coming to a close and that we will be able to commence its occupancy,??? he stated.
According to the Minister, the nursery, which is to be opened in September of this year, already has 102 applications for registration. Mr. Jones also pointed out that the six schools were to all be stationed in ???densely populated areas where there is a need???.
Chief Project Manager of the Maria Holder Memorial Trust, Jane Armstrong, said that the nursery school at Gall Hill, which will have capacity for 150 children, was designed to high specifications in order to provide a state-of-the-art environment for nursery education.
She added that the Maria Holder Nursery School at Oldbury, St. Philip, was currently in the early phase of construction, and should be completed in December 2016. She said that once it was opened for occupancy in January 2017, it would have capacity for 90 children.