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Seaview Basic meets standard 5 of Early Childhood Regulations

BY EVERARD OWEN Observer writer

Monday, March 20, 2017    

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SEAVIEW Basic School in Long Bay, Portland, last Tuesday received much-needed outdoor equipment to meet standard five of the Early Childhood

Act and Regulations for institutions.

Standard 5, which covers equipment and furnishing, says early childhood institutions should have indoor and outdoor equipment and furnishings that are safe, child-friendly and promote optimal development of children.

Last September, Principal Claudia Smith told the


Jamaica Observer North East that the school was seeking assistance in meeting some of the standards set by the commission.

Members of the Long Bay Senior Citizens’ Association and the school’s Parent- Teacher Association (PTA) partnered to provide outdoor playground equipment for the children.

“The Long Bay Senior Citizens’ Association gave us $30,000 and the PTA had a fish fry last November, and the proceeds were combined to get the equipment for the children,” Smith said.

The equipment handed over were a slide, swing and see-saw.

Meanwhile, Smith said that the school is still in need of a sickbay but explained that space is limited, so relocating might be the only option.

Standard 6 of the Early Childhood Act and Regulations, which speaks to health, stipulates that institutions should have physical facilities, policies, programmes and procedures that promote healthy lifestyles and protect children and staff from illness.

The principal is seeking assistance in this regard.

The school has sixty students, with four teachers and a cook.

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