Nine of the cutest little people in Vanuatu received certificates of appreciation for their participation in the first “Mums and Bubs group”, a product of the Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care delivery at the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC)’s campus in Vanuatu.
The most recent cohort of participants in the Certificate III program, completed all course requirements earlier in November, with nine babies and toddlers aged 0 – 3 “graduating” in front of their Mums, Dads and Grandparents.
The concept of the “Mums and Bubs group” was developed to provide Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care participants with a real life opportunity to achieve competence in the care of babies and toddlers, a significant unit of the program.
Program participants were able to demonstrate their skills in caring for babies and toddlers in a centre that meets Australian standards and which provides a nurturing play and learning environment.
With the support of Senior Trainer, Brett Thomson, the “Mums and Bubs group” idea was born as an alternative to work placements where babies and toddlers aren’t always available for care and where dolls did not provide the reality of care, that participants needed and could benefit from.
The program was implemented by the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) team, Trainer Esther Sope and Training Assistant, Eunice David in Vanuatu and was also rolled out across APTC’s campuses in Samoa, Fiji and the Solomon Islands. As an inaugural initiative of the ECEC team, some valuable lessons were learned and plans are underway for a bigger and better program next semester.