More nursery schools coming

Government is promising to build at least four more nursery schools in the heavily populated districts of St Michael and Christ Church.

This was announced  by Minister of Education Ronald Jones as he addressed tenth anniversary celebrations of the Olga Millar Nursery School at Farm Road, St Philip last friday.

Commending the school’s administrators for maintaining the facility in good shape over the decade, Jones announced that new schools were planned for several districts.

Government nursery schools, catering to children ages three and four, were planned for Government Hill and Deacons Road in St Michael, Sayes Court in Christ Church, and Holders Hill, St James.

The Minister of Education also announced that the School Meals Centre located near the Olga Millar School would be ready by early next year, and was currently awaiting specialised kitchen equipment.

“I want to encourage parents and communities to support all of our schools. Ideally, I think every school should be painted every three years, and I would like to see businesses within the community adopt schools and purchase paint and other supplies they might need for their maintenance,” Jones appealed.

Wendy Small, principal of Olga Millar Nursery, in her address, implored parents to establish good relations with teachers.

She said history had shown that children tended to behave much better when they knew their parents maintained contact with their teachers.

“So far, we have had good attendance at Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings, but [parents] must continue attending PTA meetings as the children go through the different stages of school.

“We have found that children tend to behave better when they know that their parents know their teachers,” the principal explained.

Small said the school was the first nursery school constructed under the Ministry of Education’s mandate to create “a level playing field for all children in terms of early childhood education”.

She said the school’s roll of 72 students was divided into classes of 15 pupils each, however, an additional 14 children were expected to enroll by January 2018. “Since we opened our doors in 2008, we have catered to 723 children and all of them have gone on to do well at primary and secondary school. Parents of past students also tend to recommend this school to their peers.”

Meanwhile, Rector of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Reverend Michael Maxwell who addressed the event, used the acronym ‘OLGA’ to symbolise the elements both parents and teachers should follow.

For parents, he said ‘O’ meant being online with the children, ‘L’ stood for love, ‘G’ represented guidance, and ‘A’ meant always being available for their children.

To the teachers, ‘O’ meant overseer – looking after the children; ‘L’ was for leadership of young minds both academically and by example setting; ‘G’ represented God’s character in everything teachers did, and ‘A’ meant attending the needs of children and their parents.

During the anniversary celebrations, a mural painted by local artist, Akeilah Inniss, was unveiled depicting the school’s namesake, Olga Millar, along with historic landmarks in the parish of St Philip.

Source: (DH)

37 Responses to More nursery schools coming

  1. Marvin Harding
    Marvin Harding October 31, 2017 at 10:47 am

    More government nurseries that only the rich and the politicians friends and those that got money children only but the poor person can’t and have to pay $100 while them rich people pay less gimme a break

    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor October 31, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Too many ppl with nice cars children does go to gov nurseries…..

    • Valerie Cecelia
      Valerie Cecelia October 31, 2017 at 11:20 am

      People with nice cars in this country pay taxes just like the poor people

    • Marvin Harding
      Marvin Harding October 31, 2017 at 11:25 am

      True Valerie Cecelia but when they chosing rich people children first and poor people that working for $250-300 a wk have to got a God father or mother to get their children n one?u real?I don’t think so.or u is one of those privallage ones gimme a break keep quiet

    • Marvin Harding
      Marvin Harding October 31, 2017 at 11:28 am

      Take John Beckles nursery for example look and see who children go there .when I had my children small the aunty tell me I would have to come a particular time when I went she say it full so u keep ya filthy mouth shut.

    • Rebellious Kelly
      Rebellious Kelly October 31, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      The man is speaking about nursery schools not day care centres.

    • Marvin Harding
      Marvin Harding October 31, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      So Kelly what is the difference nursery or day care?if it’s only nursery it make matters worse (Who getting in)

    • Valerie Cecelia
      Valerie Cecelia October 31, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      Marvin Harding I will not keep quiet. I am 62 years of age. My 2 daughters went to Government nursery school, primary school, and one at secondary school, I paid for the other because of special need I also paid for one daughter to attend the University of Toronto. I am not special. I am a tax payer. You apply to any nursery school. It is not zonal. Where you live does not give you privilege to attend a nursery school in your area. Are you aware that there is a Trust that is funding the building of these schools. THE MARIA HOLDER TRUST. They also funded the diabetic centre in Warrens

  2. Johnathan October 31, 2017 at 11:00 am

    He needs to go back to one..

  3. Stacey-ann Harewood
    Stacey-ann Harewood October 31, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I am wondering what the requirements are to get a job at one of the island’s nursery schools. I have years of experience but no degree, so what else would give me the opportunity to get a job at one when they come my way….can anyone tell me?

    • Dana Jemmott
      Dana Jemmott October 31, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      Then start working on on ur degree… lol cause sinckler already say u have to be qualified… smdh

    • Stephanie Moore
      Stephanie Moore October 31, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      You can srart by doing early childhood education at Erdiston

    • Stacey-ann Harewood
      Stacey-ann Harewood October 31, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      I have that and special needs education both done at Erdiston and childcare and nursery management

    • Stacey-ann Harewood
      Stacey-ann Harewood October 31, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Does a degree really make you qualified though Dana Jemmott?…is the degree the only thing…I’m really interested in finding out what really qualifies a person to get a job in a government nursery school

    • Stacey-ann Harewood
      Stacey-ann Harewood October 31, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      Will take your advice though

    • Dana Jemmott
      Dana Jemmott October 31, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      Stacey-ann Harewood it seems nowadays when u have to go to a government dept and ask about a job the employees tell you go to ur MP… imagine it takes a politician to qualify u for a job in government…

    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield October 31, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      You aint need no degree. I know of some who aint even got half of CXC.Wait it is a D gree yuh want

  4. Marvin Harding
    Marvin Harding October 31, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Stacyann u better got a godfather or politician I kidd u not

  5. Faye Heather Greenidge
    Faye Heather Greenidge October 31, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    just took the words right out of my mouth

  6. Ian Matic Gale
    Ian Matic Gale October 31, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    A declining birth rate yet more nurseries coming? #Oxymoronic

  7. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis October 31, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    This initiative is going to run aground. Where are the replacement for a year group going to come from? A school with 40 children could lose 30 in a year. How will you replace these 30?

  8. just observing October 31, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Check where they are placing the schools. Two in St Philip within a two mile radius. St Michael has a lot of them . Christ Church one in Gall Hill and building another. What about St. George? The last Principal of Cuthbert Moore was asking for one to assist St George, st. Joseph and St.John because many of us got turned a way for lack of space. Guess the wrong politician was representing us. Voting for him might get us one of those schools. It is worth a try.

  9. Hobbs Pauline
    Hobbs Pauline October 31, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    i would love to work nursery

  10. Cathy-ann Gill
    Cathy-ann Gill October 31, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    elections really coming ya here….stupse thoose districts were over populated every since not now.

  11. Dana Jemmott
    Dana Jemmott October 31, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Well that will be right up Denis kellman alley but oops sorry he can’t even handle his own portfolio which is the NHC and explain y all those houses are rottening down..

  12. Dana Jemmott
    Dana Jemmott October 31, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Yup… babies a must

  13. Dana Jemmott
    Dana Jemmott October 31, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Wait everybody understand when Elizabeth Thompson said there will be DISTRACTIONS… well this is one of them

  14. Isabel Kelly
    Isabel Kelly October 31, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Dana I was a tourist in July and had visited the island 20 years before that! Nothing has progressed it’s soooooooo sad!

  15. Kwame Bradshaw
    Kwame Bradshaw October 31, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Are there any plans to have a dedicated government school like alma parris. I think the closure of that was a tragedy and children who may have cognitive developmental issues can really benefit from a alternate method of education.

  16. Alex Alleyne October 31, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Save the MONEY for education , forget the Fancy, expensive cell phones. One cost way more than $100 and you all have 2. One FLOW the other DIGICEL.
    Plus prepaid or top-up.

  17. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield October 31, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Its nursing homes , trade schools and reform schools. Stop pandering to the people for their votes.

  18. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield October 31, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Yuh know why. The young women votes. The men is DT football and young mothers

  19. Sophia Lewis
    Sophia Lewis October 31, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    More……. and the quality of these mores? Please say.


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