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SMMC provides training for childcare providers

SMMC provides training for childcare providers

CAYHILL: St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) recently provided training in Hygiene Practices, Safety, First Aid and Basic Life support to childcare providers. A total of 83 childcare providers from several Daycare Centers on the island participated in the training. The 2 day training sessions were held at the Rupert I. Maynard community center in St. Peters. 

The training was provided on a request from the St. Maarten Early Childhood Development Association (SECDA) and subsequently organized by Mr. Antonio Pantophlet, SMMC’s Manager of Patient Care & the Education Department. The objective of the training was to recertify the childcare providers who completed their first training in 2016 and also to educate and certify childcare providers currently working in Day Care centers. This to reassure parents that their children are cared for in a safe environment by skilled teachers who are equipped to recognize and respond adequately during life threatening pediatric emergencies. 

The training was coordinated by SMMC’s CPR coordinators, Ms. Meandra Hazel and Mr. Corwin James, both Intensive Care Nurses and certified CPR/BLS instructors. Facilitators of the course were Ms. Candida Williams, Infection Control Practitioner/Hygienist and a team of critical care nurses from SMMC.

Antonio Pantophlet stated: “Continuous education is the key to the enhancement of knowledge, skills and quality care in any organization.  It is the tool to gain power to be to stand strong and to confront all challenges that may come your way”.

The care providers who successfully completed the course received their CPR card from the SMMC, which is valid for 2 years.


In photo (from left to right): Ms. Meandra Hazel, Mrs. Agnita, Ms. Judith and Ms. Karen (Care Bears), MS. Khalila Joseph-Aventurin (SECDA) and Antonio Pantophlet

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