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School motto

Train up a child in the way he should go....

Proverbs 22:6

The admonition of this verse is that early training of the child helps to set his path as an adult. For this reason, Elim holds firm that we should train our children in the truths of the Christian faith and pray that the Lord works in their lives so that they will be dedicated to Christ.



“The Elim Early Childhood Development Centre had its genesis in the mid-seventies as a Basic school in a little dirt church on the Port Henderson Road in Naggo Head.  Later the church and basic school moved to their present location on Newland Road and the Basic School continued for some time and then discontinued its services for a while; but the vision never died. The deep desire to lay a solid foundation for children in the surrounding communities still lingered,” recounts Rev. Watson in her Founders Message for the school’s graduation magazine published June 2016.


The Elim Day Care would reopen its doors on January 3, 1995 with three (3) babies in its charge, under the watchful eyes and tender caring hands of Mrs. Beverley Thompson and Mrs. Deletia Nembhard. Mrs. Nembhard is still with the Centre.

On September 11, 1995 the preschool came into being with four students. Over the years the numbers have grown and the Day Care and preschool have now upgraded to the Elim Early Childhood Development Centre serving “Little people between the ages of 3months through 6 years.”

The Centre now led under the administrative leadership of Mrs. Venise Williams Burrell and her team of Early Childhood Care trained practitioners has been transforming the institution in partnering and inspiring parents with the mandate of the school in providing the foundations necessary for our children so that they can lead wholesome lives and contribute to their families, community, nation and the global village.

Physical Environment

The institution is of a rectangular shape with a single story building made from block and steel. The roof is made up of concrete and the floor is also concrete with terrazzo tile. The windows are made up of plastic louvers and glass to the front. The building is comprised of five classrooms, a kitchen, restroom, a storeroom, sleeping area, a storeroom, 4 bathrooms and a washroom. The bathrooms are to the back of the building. The kitchen is between the kinder (2 years) and the day-care block which comprises of a baby room, sleeping area, a bathroom with changing table, a verandah and a TV room. The windows are all grilled, however, the kitchen windows and doors are meshed to prevent pest and rodent from having free entry.

The institution have indoor and outdoor equipment and furnishings that are safe, child friendly and promotes optimal development of children. There are also Emergency Exits and assembly points for everyone’s safety, also an evacuation route which leads to an open grassy area.

It has evolved into one of Portmore’s premier Early Childhood institutions.  This institution of excellence caters to students from age 2 months to 6 years and is guided by a vision and mission to provide quality education, underpinned by Christian principles geared at nurturing the whole child; mental, physical, emotional, social and spiritual in a Christian and child-friendly environment.



Ministry of Education - MISSION STATEMENT

To provide strategic leadership and policy direction for quality education for all Jamaicans to maximize their potential, contribute to national development and compete effectively in the global economy.


Ministry of Education - VISION STATEMENT

A customer-cantered, performance oriented education system producing globally competitive, socially conscious Jamaican citizens.


Early Childhood Commission - MISSION STATEMENT

An integrated and coordinated delivery of quality early childhood programmes and services, which provide equity and access for children zero to eight years within healthy, safe and nurturing environments.


Early Childhood Commission - VISION STATEMENT

All children having access to high quality early childhood development services enabling the realization of their full potential



Our vision is to be an institution of excellence which caters to students needs from birth – six years. We aim to instill Christian principles thus producing well rounded individuals. Catering for the whole child – physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually therefore making them completely ready for the next level of education.



Our mission is to provide the highest quality of education in a harmonious Christian child-friendly environment to identify and nurture potential, facilitate growth, develop students’ cognitive and sensory skills and to prepare them for the wider world.

Elim Early Childhood Development Centre
Newland Road

Naggo Head
Bridgeport P.O.
St. Catherine

Email: /
Tel: 8765937723/8768414386

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