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Research 

The UG-ECCE draws from the expertise, experiences, and strengths of the Early Childhood programme of the Faculty of Education and Humanities (FEH) at the University of Guyana (UG) and researchers from multiple disciplines to lead research in the area of Early Childhood Education. Through collaboration with faculties at UG and internationally, applied and basic studies is done to establish and sustain a nationally and internationally recognised model for bridging research-to-policy gaps in Early Childhood Development.  Hence, research findings are to inform practitioners and policymakers about advancement and development trends.  
 

ECE Practice   

Pedagogy    

The UG-ECCE serves as a teaching demonstration and research venue for lecturers, teachers, students, families and researchers locally, nationally, and internationally. Lessons demonstrating high-quality teaching are modelled so that others can observe and learn instructional strategies that have been shown to positively impact children’s outcomes.  

Collaborations with the different Academic Programmes, Faculties and Units at UG offers a robust and meaningful learning experience to the children of the Centre, as well as to the undergraduate and postgraduate students at UG, by tapping into these available resources and expertise. For example, curriculum support from UG students studying Social Work, Agriculture, Creative Arts, Languages, Dentistry, Speech and Language Pathology, Rehabilitation, Computer Science, Psychology, inter alia.    

 

Health and Wellness

Health and wellness, a key developmental domain is supported by the relevant Units at UG, specifically the College of Medical Sciences and the College of Behavioural Science and Research (COBRES), and other relevant agencies. Given that UG-ECCE accommodates children of Special Education Needs/Disability (SEND), the specialists in this field are relied upon to offer support for developmental, learning, and behavioural problems. Paediatric services approved by the relevant bodies are also incorporated (physical exams, treating minor injuries, evaluating a child’s physical, emotional, and social development, providing general health advice, connecting families with other specialists especially those at the Regional Special Education Needs/Disability Diagnostic & Treatment Centre located at the Cyril Potter College of Education).
        

Technology 

The UG-ECCE utilises Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to enhance the education of young children.  The Centre uses collaborative technologies to create a virtual network of experts. A key technological goal is to stimulate children’s interest and appreciation of science and technology at an early age. ICTs are used to enhance the education of children with special needs and disabilities.