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Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Early childhood care and education (ECCE) offers an opportunity to provide children with a solid beginning in all areas of their development (holistic development).

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In this 21st century, everyone wants to move very fast and succeed in life but when we are tired, we remember how well were the childhood days, no tension, fun, games, love, friends, etc.

Early childhood care and education (ECCE) offers an opportunity to provide children with a solid beginning in all areas of their development (holistic development). The quality and efficiency of ECCE depends largely on the individuals within the ECCE workforce, which includes the daycare, NGO, Early Childhood Centre and crèches. In the recently released New Education Policy 2020, the government has increased the focus on early childhood education sector.

There are many colleges, which provides graduation in early childhood education sector and one of them is “Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University of Delhi” (AUD), providing graduation in Early Childhood Centre Management and Entrepreneurship (ECCME). In this graduation course, there are some objectives, which can help to understand the structure of the course.

  • To develop comprehensive understanding on early childhood education and management
  • To understand the developmental needs of children from birth to six years of age
  • To undertake such professional practices related to different job roles in a crèche/day-care setting
  • To develop such skills in respect of multi-layered professionals for the crèche/day-care centers
  • To prepare business plans for running and managing crèche/day-care, and
  • To acquire such professional skills required to become an early childhood entrepreneur.

The interesting part of the course is, they provide an Internship opportunity, where we are made to practice what we have studied, make bond with children and relive our childhood days.

One of the biggest reasons for this kind of course is, we live in a society where many people like to live as a nuclear family while focusing on their work and that’s why children have to be sent to daycare or crèche. Due to the lack of trained teachers in the early childhood, children lose crucial time which can cause delay in their development.

We often think that he/she is only a child and cannot do anything. If we take children lightly and underestimate them,  then we may have to face many problems regarding our children progress. We should identify and analyze some fact regarding children and their childhood development. For E.g. 90 Percent of a child’s brain develops by the age of 5. Child development stages are the theoretical milestones of child development. Apart from that, we can question ourselves about own child’s progress. What is the need of our child? What food does he/she likes, play, games, color? These types of questions help in your child’s progress, through which you can re-imagine a better childhood for your child.

The views and opinions expressed by the writer are personal and do not necessarily reflect the official position of VOM.
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