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Education Minister, Hon. Rolston Anglin, JP (3rd from right) and Early Years Taskforce Chair Laurel Fraser (left), with early childhood care professionals and a few parents of young children.

Published 11th May 2011, 6:3pm

On Saturday 21 May, the Education Ministry will host a Parent Education and Information Fair at the Camana Bay Arts and Recreation Centre, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., as part of Child Month celebrations. A full day of information and fun activities has been planned for parents, child-care workers and young children themselves, including:

  • mini workshops throughout the day for parents and children
  • lots of giveaways
  • a wide range of booths from government and private sector agencies
  • special activities for children, such as martial arts, face painting, bouncy castle, story telling, arts and craft, music and movement
The event is being organised by the Early Years Taskforce, which was established by the ministry to foster collaboration and support for the strategic development of early childhood care and education in the Cayman Islands. Taskforce Chairperson Laurel Fraser explained that plans for the day are well advanced, and that support for the event has been exciting. "Early Years Taskforce members have been planning this event for some time, and with the sponsorship and support of the Ministry and Camana Bay we have made excellent progress," she said. "We have been overwhelmed by offers from persons wanting to provide workshops and booths, so individuals coming out will be exposed to a wide range of activities, expertise and services that are available for anyone working with young children." Education Minister, the Hon. Rolston Anglin, who will be on hand to open the fair, expressed his appreciation and support for the event. "My ministry is committed to ensuring that Cayman's children receive quality early childhood care and education. The work of the taskforce and this fair are all part of efforts we're undertaking to help us achieve this goal," he said. "I'm looking forward to this very exciting event, and I encourage parents and other adults to come out and bring their children along for what promises to be a very informative and fun day." Participating agencies include: the Public Health Department, nutritionists, Fitness Centre, Cayman Music Therapy, the Early Childhood Care and Education Unit, the Early Intervention Unit, Department of Children and Family Services, the National Trust, Vigoro Nursery, Body for Mums, War on Weight, Little Darlings and TrinCay Medical Services. All activities are free, and will include eye, dental and blood pressure screenings for adults and children. Free transportation is also being organized and details will be provided at a later stage. Programme details are available on the ministry's website at www.education.ky. For information, call Laurel Fraser on 938-1866 or email her at laurfras@gmail.com.