A bright boost
It came from the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry who presented the director with a cheque for $5,000 which was raised through their second annual Charity Golf Tournament held last year.
Co-director and Co-founder of the centre, Cheryl Rock, took executive members of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce, included Executive Director Lisa Gale, President Lalu Vaswani and Vice President Lalu Vaswani on a tour of the facility this afternoon.
“We do quite a lot of academic pieces as well and it’s a timetable curriculum that deals with the child’s emotional support; also we see what’s happening to them physically – are they overwhelmed, are they violent, are they under whelmed and not responsive enough, do they need more physical support, self help skills.
“We also have children who are able to do more academically so we have the English and the Maths and constructivist type approach so we try to cover across the board. That’s why it’s individualised and each child gets a tailor-made type of programme,” she explained.
The 60 students, ranging in age from 12 months to five years in the pre-school and five years to 11 in the junior school, has the theme My World for this year. The students are divided into five classes – Asian Adventures, Tropical Orchids, Chinese Fire Crackers, Rain Forest Pioneers, and Cuddly Explorers – where they would explore the topics.
The babies and younger attend the centre while the older ones go to The John Payne School for Exceptional Children.
There are 29 staff members with two adults assigned to each of the nine classrooms.
The Sunshine Early Stimulation Centre provides a full-time early stimulation programme for infants and children with disabilities. (DS)