We’re continuing our series of reports, getting you ready to enjoy the N.C.V.O telethon, now just over a week away here on Cayman 27.
N.C.V.O puts a lot of its focus on the very young, making sure infants have security and toddlers and pre-schoolers have access to early education.
Those little ones come from families that otherwise cannot afford good nurseries or daycares.
Cayman 27’s Philipp Richter reports.
“The children that we get here actually want to stay here.” Said Pre School & Nursery Director, Heather Lopez
The N.C.V.O’s schools, Jack and Jill’s Nursery and Miss Nadine’s Pre-School are so popular in the community, there are extensive waiting lists.
“They provide day care and pre-school education to children with a particular focus on helping children from low-income families through subsidies from the N.C.V.O.,” said N.C.V.O’s CEO Janice Wilson
“Cause they have fun and because our fees are so low, those two things combined always have us filled t o capacity plus a waiting list and our waiting list is usually 50 to 60 children.” Said Pre School & Nursery Director, Heather Lopez
Enough kids to fill up another school as the nursery and preschool combine at 78 kids
“Those parents that have come here before still see some of the same teachers from when they were children, that’s amazing for the public to see that we have continuity in our teachers and we have that foundation that kind of just never breaks,” said Pre School & Nursery Director, Heather Lopez.
A school that prepares infants for primary school by engaging kids in singing, making art and poetry
Making the infants first school experience fun instead of giving out paper work assignments
“We’re a developmentally based pre-school, so we make sure that the children learn through play which is developmentally appropriate practice,” said Pre School & Nursery Director, Heather Lopez.
The assignments are a lot of fun for the students, but little do they know, playing with their hands will help develop their muscles so that it is easier to learn how to read and write.
“These are the things you have to do before the children learn to read and write because if they don’t have the motor skills, the muscles built-in their hands and the motor skills to do that, it won’t happen,” said Pre School & Nursery Director, Heather Lopez.
Free spaces in the pre-school and nursery are given to families who have been refered by the early childhood education department, the crisis center, and others.
To help N.C.V.O. with these efforts, join us for the 37th annual telethon, saturday night the 22nd, here on Cayman 27.