The 12 ECC Standards

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The twelve (12) legal standards for the operation of ECIs in Jamaica cover the areas of:

  • Staffing
  • Development and Educational Programmes
  • Interactions and Relationships with Children
  • Physical Environment
  • Indoor and Outdoor Equipment
  • Health
  • Nutrition
  • Safety
  • Child Rights, Child Protection and Equality
  • Parent and Stakeholder Participation
  • Administration
  • Finance

A Certificate of Registration, when issued, is valid for five years.

Standard 1: STAFFING

The staff at early childhood institutions has the characteristics, training, knowledge, skills, and attitude, to help children achieve their full potential. 

Standard 2: DEVELOPMENTAL & EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES

Early childhood institutions have comprehensive programmes designed to meet the language, physical, cognitive, creative, socio-emotional, spiritual, cultural and school readiness needs of children.

Standard 3:  INTERACTIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS WITH CHILDREN

Early childhood staff has the characteristics, training, knowledge, skills and attitude to promote positive behaviours and reduce difficult and challenging behaviours in children.

Standard 4: PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT

 Early childhood institutions have physical environments that meet building, health and safety requirements; allow adequate space for children and facilitate the development of children and staff 

Standard 5: INDOOR AND OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT, FURNISHING AND SUPPLIES

Early childhood institutions have indoor and outdoor equipment and furnishings that are safe, child-friendly and promote optimal development of children. 

Standard 6: HEALTH

Early childhood institutions have physical facilities, policies, programmes and procedures that promote healthy lifestyles and protect children and staff from illness.   

Standard 7: NUTRITION

Early childhood institutions provide children in their care with nutritious meals and model good nutritional practices for children and families. 

Standard 8:  SAFETY

Early childhood institutions provide safe indoor and outdoor environments for children, staff, stakeholders and visitors to the institution. 

Standard 9:  CHILD RIGHTS, CHILD PROTECTION AND EQUALITY 

Early childhood institutions uphold the rights of children, protect them from harm and ensure that all children have equal access to services.

Standard 10: INTERACTIONS WITH PARENTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS

 The management and staff ofearly childhood institutions have good relationships with parents, caregivers, family members and the community.  

Standard 11:  ADMINISTRATION 

Early childhood institutions have a management structure that ensures good administration.  There are plans, policies, procedures and programmes that ensure child, family and staff well-being.

Standard 12:  FINANCE

Early childhood institutions have sound financial practices and adhere to standard accounting principles.

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