Early childhood Education

Usually, children are accepted at age three, and are pre-schooled for two years, whereupon they graduate to the primary level.
Pre-school education is only one of three levels of childcare service offered in the Federation of St.Kitts and Nevis. Each service is carried out in a different type of facility/centre specifically designed for that purpose.

Types of Centres

  • Nursery Centres – These cater to children birth -3 years of age
  • Pre-school Centres – These cater to children 3-5 years of age
  • Daycare Centres – These consist of a nursery and a pre-school component. They therefore cater to children birth -5 years of age.

Common Features of Early Childhood Centres

They can be home-based, rented or privately owned building or a Government institution.

Each is headed by a Supervisor, but other staff members include Teaching Staff, Teachers’ Aide, Nursery Assistants, Cooks, Cleaners, Washers and sometimes a Groundsman and a crossing guard.

Children enter the centres between 7.00 a.m. and 8.00 a.m. and are picked up by parents and guardians between 4.00 p.m. and 5.30 p.m.
Parents and Guardians of Government centres are charged a weekly nominal fee of $15.00 (E.C) per child.

The weekly fee for most private centres ranges from $25.00 to $45.00 (E.C) per child.

June Wallace (Ag) Director
Early Childhood Unit 
Infirmary Road
Tele: 861 465 2369
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