Week of the Young Child 2011
During the week-long celebration we can all reach out to young children in our districts by reading with or telling them stories.
CIECA Public Relations Officer Laurel Fraser
Published 7th April 2011, 12:1pm
"Celebrating our past through play" is this year's theme for Week of the Young Child, which will be celebrated from 10-16 April.
Hosted by the Cayman Islands Early Childhood Association (CIECA), the week will open with a church service at the West Bay Church of God at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, 10 April.
A pyjama party, for children up to 8 years, follows at 6:00 p.m. on Monday (11 April) at Books and Books in Camana Bay. Activities will include night-time tales, singing, dancing and crafts. Participating children are encouraged to wear their bed clothes.
Tuesday, 12 April, will be observed as an appreciation day for all early childhood education staff members. That same evening, His Excellency the Governor, Mr. Duncan Taylor, CBE, and Mrs. Taylor will host an invitation-only reception for early childhood educators and supporters.
The next day (Wednesday) is for the pre-schoolers. They'll get their chance to visit 'big school' and will spend much of their day on field trips at public and private primary and prep schools in their districts.
Literacy Day follows on Thursday (14 April), when a select group of teens will share stories, both reading with and to, pre-schoolers. Friday (15 April) is play day, when tots will learn and participate in 'old time' Caymanian games.
Week of the Young Child closes with a CIECA 14th anniversary cultural brunch at the Elmslie Memorial Church Hall on Saturday, 16 April. Local performers, including the George Town Primary School quadrille dancers, Prospect Primary School maypole dancers, and young violinist Nayil Arana, will be featured.
"Early childhood is vital. Children need a strong educational foundation and care to succeed in school and life," says CIECA Public Relations Officer Laurel Fraser.
"During the week-long celebration we can all reach out to young children in our districts by reading with or telling them stories. We can thank teachers and caregivers who work with young children for their tireless service and care, and we can also join the effort to implement public policies and legislation that provide high-quality learning opportunities for all young children."
For details on the week's events, call Laurel Fraser on 938-1866 or CIECA Vice-President Shauna Haylock on 916-6367.