After 62 Years, Corona Expands, Launches Creche and Afterschool

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Temitope Omabegho

After successfully providing qualitative education to teeming young Nigerians from nursery up to secondary school levels in the last 62 years, one of the renowned educational institutions in the country, Corona Schools’ Trust Council has expanded its services to crèche, playschool and after -school.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Trust, Mrs. Adeyoyin Adesina, in a statement, said the Trust decided to expand its tentacles in response to the changing dynamics of the environment and needs of parents to have their babies and toddlers constructively engaged, while they are at work or for an additional period after school hours, in productive and supervised activities in a conducive and safe environment.

Given the institution’s reputable experience and professional prowess, she noted that the new addition was not a venture embarked upon haphazardly without a detailed study and assessment of the landscape and alignment to established goals as an organisation.

She added that following the outcome of their investigations, they have firmly resolved that these are areas that align with their vision and mission statements, and to which they can deploy their brand and renowned expertise.
The crèche section she said, would care for babies between the ages of three months to 15 months and the playschool will serve toddlers between 18 months and three years while Corona After-school Enrichment Services (CASES) will run from 2.30pm to 6.00pm.

Throwing more light on facilities on ground that would make staying conducive for the children before they are picked by their parents, Adesina stressed that the schools have established standards to maintain. “Therefore, parents and guardians should be rest assured that there are clearly defined structures, age appropriate facilities and personnel that ensure all the schools are safe and conducive for care, play and learning”, she added.
On the affordability, she said the rates have been determined, based on a study of the costs involved to deliver a Corona quality programme and what already obtains in the industry.

With regards to the kind of emergency preparedness approach the school is looking at in terms of safety and security, Adesina emphasised that the issue of safety in a school cannot be over flogged.

“Established structures in our schools include documented policies and processes on health, safety and security. These are periodically tested and updated as appropriate. Compliance is enforced and the entire school community – pupils, employees and so on are educated and very familiar with health, safety and security procedures and emergency response and escalation channels. We maintain necessary relationships with the government agencies charged with these responsibilities in the state to enhance our efforts,” she assured.