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Early Childhood Care Education NIOS

Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) is acknowledged the world over as a significant intervention which aims to help children develop a sound foundation for lifelong learning and development. It is also recognised as the first step in the education ladder which, if done well, prepares children better for primary schooling and promotes school retention and learning. The National Policy on ECCE 2013 has highlighted the significance of ECCE. The policy has slowly emerged from growing awareness and attention on the significance of the early years. Quality ECCE is the issue of ensuring adequate quality in the programme, particularly from the perspective of making it developmentally and age appropriate and child-friendly. This course has been designed to orient learners to the sensitivity required to understand the early learning and developmental needs of young children and how they may vary in different contexts. It also addresses the essential role of nutrition, health and safety of children for holistic development. Learners will learn about appropriate ways necessary to provide a responsive environment to meet the situation-specific as well as stage related needs of children. This programme also aims to prepare learners to value diversity and recognize the significance of inclusive education.

Course Objectives - The course aims at enabling the learners to develop an understanding of:

  • 1. Early childhood care and education and its significance;
  • 2. Early childhood care and education and its significance;
  • 3. Children’s need for nutrition, good health, protection, education and development;
  • 4. Appropriate methods of care during early years;
  • 5. Play and stimulation in early childhood;
  • 6. Interdependence of child development and learning;
  • 7. The issues in ECCE and directions to address the issues;
  • 8. Concept and importance of school readiness and smooth transition;
  • 9. Language and cultural diversity comprising the Indian social fabric and many co-existing social realities;
  • 10. The requirements of an inclusive classroom;
  • 11. Appropriate interventions to meet the requirements of an inclusive classroom; and
  • 12. Building meaningful relationships with parents, community and other stakeholders for an effective ECCE programme.