GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – A storytelling session called ‘Toddler Time,’ that took place on April 22 was a huge success.
‘Toddler Time’ was organized by the section Youth Health Care (YHC) from the Department of Collective Prevention Service (CPS), a department in the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, and was held at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library toddler room.
In an interview with the coordinator Registered Nurse Ivanca Woodley-Sterling, she confirmed that at least 40 children were present at the event with either one or both parents.
Although the focus was on storytelling, it was a true Toddler time event with also singing and playing games. The children participated very well and had a lot of fun, Nurse Ivanca said.
The storytelling was done by Mitsha Giterson, and CPS expresses a special thank you to Giterson for her contribution.
The goal through storytelling was to get the parents involved with the kids learning abilities. Studies have shown that kids that breastfeed tend to be smarter. The focus was not only on the breastfeeding kids, but about different facets of child development.
The objective was to work hand in hand with parents in order to get all children where they should be. ‘Toddler Time’ wasn’t only about storytelling and learning abilities, it was also about bonding time between the parents and their children.
Parents are encouraged to visit the library and make use of the literature that is available providing factual information about the importance of breastfeeding.
CPS also encourages parents to visit the library for their regular reading programs for toddlers and school-going children which take place throughout the year.