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Information for Providers of Early Childhood

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Information for Providers of Private Early Childhood Services


Are you about to open a preschool or has your school been operating and has not been register?  You are required to register your school with the Ministry of Education, ECCE Division.  
By registering your school the Ministry is aware of your existence and it allows you to be in an advantageous position when requiring letters of confirmation and assistance. 


Download Registration Form (Click here for Registration Form)
Fill out all information
Return Registration Form to the ECCE Division
Collect Registration Certificate with proper identification


You would also need to contact the Public Health Department and the Fire Services in your Regional District for their guidelines and safety requirements.   

ECCE Centres must be operational before registration.


Daycare Centres which offer services solely catering to children between the ages of 0 -3 years
For registration of this service you should visit the following organizations:
Ministry of Social Development – Family Services Division
Ministry of Health
Child Welfare League of Trinidad and Tobago

Daycare Centres that also incorporates a pre-school which caters to children up to 5 years
You would be required to register your service with the ECCE Division and still make a visit to the above mentioned organizations.


Partnering with the Ministry of Education

Are you an Owner of a Private Preschool, Non Government or Religious Organisation?
The Ministry of Education continues its drive to provide free Government/Government Assisted ECCE Centres throughout Trinidad and Tobago.  With this vision in mind we continue to partner with persons and or organisations that are seeking Community ECCE Centres in their area.  

Should you have or can legally access at least 10,000 sq. ft. of land that you wish to leased or legally make available to the Ministry of Education for the construction of a community based ECCE Centre we would be interested.

Minimum 10,000 sq ft freehold land (preferably flat)
Survey Plan

Public/Private Partnership
Arrangements are to be worked out for a Public/Private Partnership between the Ministry of Education and Private Providers.


The Curriculum used in our ECCE Centre is governed and guided by the National Curriculum Guide for ECCE. Curriculum activities are based on the child-centred learning principles including the project approach.  This method has been researched and scientifically proven in enabling children to be more independent and creative thinkers, it also helps with the development of their cognitive, social, gross and fine motor skills.  We highly recommend that Providers of ECCE Services consult this document for best teaching practices.  

Click here for Curriculum Guidelines


The establishment of standards for Early Childhood Services has been identified worldwide as a fundamental step towards a cohesive high quality national agenda for early childhood development.  One of the commitments of the government is the improvement of the quality of Early Childhood provision and the introduction of standards of professional practice for early Childhood service providers and staff.

Click here for Regulations for Providers of ECCE Services


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