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The pilot for the introduction of an Integrated Early Childhood Curriculum for children up to five years old will be implemented beginning September 2007.
“For the first time, we would have a curriculum which has content, scope and sequence from birth to 36 months and from three years to five years old,” said Minister of Education and Youth, Maxine Henry Wilson during her contribution to the 2007/08 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives yesterday (June 12).
She noted that persons, who will be monitoring and implementing the pilot, will be thoroughly prepared. “To this end, the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) will be training the early childhood practitioners in July and August of this year,” Mrs. Henry Wilson said.
In addition, the Education Minister announced that the ECC is working with the Joint Board of Teacher Education (JBTE) to facilitate the introduction of the National Vocational Qualifications of Jamaica level 2 in Early Childhood Development, as part of the JBTE diploma programme.
“We are developing a career path for early childhood practitioners. It is a fallacy to believe that our best teachers should be at the secondary level; our best teachers should be at the early childhood level,” Mrs. Henry Wilson stated.

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