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The nursery is back in place in Tia Kiki

More hugs, kisses and smiles for toddlers and relieved working parents of the Urquiza Colonia with the re-opening of the Nursery in the Tia Kiki Centre of the Fundacion Emmanuel.

According to the local authorities of La-Plata, the city counts very little public nurseries and those in place are far away from the Urquiza Colonia. Taking into consideration the characteristics of the area, the realities of the local population and the needs of the community, it seemed only natural to develop a project around the re-opening of a nursery for toddlers aged 45 days to 3 years. This will allow:

  • Many children to avoid being left alone at a very early age. Most working parents in the area have only two options for their younger ones: either they are left alone unattended properly or they bring them along in the fields and the greenhouses. In both situations, these young children are in danger not only because they do not benefit from proper attention (two children died in house fires last winter) but also because they are in too close a contact with far too many pesticides.

  • Toddlers to benefit from proper care at an age when continuous stimulation and personalised attention are essential to a healthy development. Those who stay alone or left aside on the fields suffer the most from delays in development or dys-functioning.

  • Teenaged mothers to continue their scholarship while their newly born is being taken care of during school hours.

The general objective of the nursery is to provide a caring environment for the toddlers in risky situations, a fundamental right of children and their global development. The more specific objectives of the nursery are:

  • To provide a safe and sound environment for young children and their families.

  • To promote the global development of these toddlers by giving special attention to motor skills development, their needs to explore, to communicate, to socialise, to freely play spontaneously and to strengthen family and community bonding.

  • To inform and give family a better understanding of early childhood development and needs as well as consolidating their parenting role in this process.

  • To develop intervention strategies according to family singularities and needs in order to help them resolve their difficulties which interfere with the global development of the child. 

  • To promote the support of community resources pertinent to early childhood development and their family situations.

  • To articulate synergies with schools in order to better prepare the children to their next transition.
     

Setting up a nursery will imply:

  1. Registering young children and therefore initiate reference data with regards to their development and family history.

  2. Opening activities where care will be provided to toddlers in fields like food, health, education, recreation, reinforced family bonding and personalised learning stimulation.

  3. Creating a work plan in order to understand the specific situations of the toddlers and their families in order to develop individualised solutions.

  4. Cooperating with local institutions such as schools, health centres, ….

  5. Coordinating joint actions with initial education schools in order to facilitate transition to formal education.

It will also imply working closer with families by organising:

  1. a place for parents to be heard and guided in their parenting roles;

  2. workshops mixing training and discussion with professionals tackling subjects such as their need for healthy nutrition, body care, stimulating play and learning experiences,  bonding, emotional development, …

  3. a meeting point to promote tighter links and exchanges between members of the community where different cultures coexist.