Registration of an ECCE centre is defined as having followed and completed
steps 1 a 5 as outlined in the Steps for Registration as well as
compliance to the required Standards nos. 1 a 14 as specified below. All
private schools operating in Trinidad and Tobago must be registered with
the Ministry of Education in accordance with the Education Act Chap 39:01
Registration of Private ECCE centres falls under the purview of the
Division of School Supervision located at Abercromby Street, Port of
STEPS FOR REGISTRATION
Application Forms can be obtained from Early Childhood Care and
Education (ECCE) Division or downloaded from the Ministry of Education
website: - www.moe.edu.tt
Providers applying for registration of a preschool must be in operation
for at least one (1) month before the application for registration is
submitted to the Ministry of Education (ECCE Division).
Written approvals must be obtained from the following agencies:
Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA)
Electrical Inspectorate (Public Utilities Commission)
Trinidad and Tobago Fire Services
Regional Health Authority
Nursery Association of Trinidad and Tobago (Institutions that also
provide day-care services) (Notification must also be given to
All private schools must also register their business with the Ministry
of Legal Affairs and attach the receipt unto application form.
(Originals must be seen by a Ministry of Education Official and copies
are to be submitted to the Division of School Supervision)
There must be at least one (1) qualified teaching staff with relevant
certification. The minimum qualification is as follows:
Certificate in Early Childhood Education from a recognized Tertiary
Institution (Copy of certificate must be submitted to the School
Supervision Division along with original.)
Providers are required to visit the ECCE Division after completing steps
one (1) a five (5) with a valid form of identification.
STANDARD REQUIREMENT FOR REGISTRATION OF A PRESCHOOL
Teacher child ratio should not exceed the following:
Birth - 2 years 1: 4
2 - 3 years 1: 6
3 - 4+ years 1: 15
Corporal punishment is not allowed. Providers must record and report all
signs of child abuse and/or neglect to the relevant authorities.
Providers who also offer services for children birth to 3 years must
ensure that children are cared for in a separate space with sufficient
floor space that allows for nappy changing, preparation of feeds, etc.
The space must have allowance for indoor and outdoor play, active and
quiet time. Environment must also be rich in learning resources.
Curriculum should be broad, balanced and coherent covering all the areas
stated in The National Early Childhood Care and Education Curriculum
All accidents/incidents must be recorded in detail.
The ECCE Division and the Ministry of Health must be notified
immediately of the following:
Outbreak of a communicable disease.
Serious accident or injury to staff or child
A fully equipped First Aid Kit must be on hand. This has to be clearly
labelled, visible and readily available, but not accessible to the
Glass doors and windows at a low level must be fitted with safety glass
or covered with safety film. First floor windows must be fitted with
Preschools must be clean, properly ventilated, adequately lighted and
furnished in a child-centred manner.
Preschools should have one child sized toilet and face basin for every
fifteen (15) children. Bathroom doors should be free of locks.
A shower area should be provided for childrenas use.
There should be adequate space to accommodate the number of children
attending the preschool. There should be access to an outdoor play area.
(Recommended space guide)
birth - 2 years 2.7 sq. metres (25 sq. ft.)
2 - 3 years 2.1 sq. metres (20 sq. ft.)
3 - 5 years 1.6 sq. metres (15 sq. ft)
Ground floor accommodation is the preferred setting for preschools. If
such accommodations are not available, each child MUST be accompanied up
and down the stairs. Staircases must be of a design with suitably
constructed banisters and non-skid treaders. Gates may be required at
the top and bottom of the stairs.
Provider must inform the Ministry of Education of transfer of
ownerships, relocation or closure of preschools.
Providers are required to complete and submit to the ECCE Division the
Annual Statistical Returns Data Form to the Research Department of the
Breakdown of Various Approvals
Health a Contact Public Health Inspectorate for your area
Fire Services Approval - This must be sought from the Fire Prevention
Department closes to you. Your request is for an inspection for the
acquisition of a certificate must be made to the Officer in Charge of
the Fire Prevention Department. The offices are located in the following
areas: South - San Fernando Fire Station, Central - Chaguanas Fire
Station, North - Wrightson road Port of Spain or Grande Fire Station.
Electrical Inspectorate Approval - There offices are located in Arouca -
Head Office, POS opposite the Oval in the Ministry of Public Utilities
building and there is an office in San Fernando. You are seeking an
inspection certificate of approval. Please call their office to get the
necessary details regarding the approvals. N:B. You are seeking an
(Inspection Certificate of Approval in accordance with the [Electricity
inspection Act, Chap 54:72})
WATER AND SEWERAGE AUTHORITY (WASA) a Contact the New Services
Department located in Valsayn St. Joseph for guidance regarding the
approval process 662 a 2302 (ext. 2699). N:B. You are seeking a
completion certificate for internal plumbing system.