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Early childhood Care & Education
Early childhood is acknowledged as the most crucial period in a person’s life. It is a period of high physical and mental development and a time when foundations are laid for cumulative lifelong learning. There is growing scientific evidence that the development of the brain in the early years is a pathway that effects physical and mental health, learning and behaviour throughout the life cycle.
The Integrated Child Development Services scheme by the government of India aims to provide underprivileged children aged between 3 and 6 years with the necessary preparation for primary schooling. An important by-product of the ICDS scheme is that it engages young children, enabling their older siblings to attend school and contributing towards the continuation of their education as well. However, while ICDS programmes have had positive social and health impacts, they are lagging behind in educational attainment. Another key area which is ignored by the government is that the services are not accessible to many children including those from migrant communities working in construction and brick kiln sites.
Aide et Action’s strategies and approaches on ECCE take a holistic view of children’s development. This includes physical, cognitive, emotional, and psychosocial development. Aide et Action’s ECCE programme focuses on integrating early childhood education with the Right to Education Act to ensure a smooth transition into formal schooling.
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Our ECCE programmes are impacting 5715 Children, and 113 Anganwadi workers
Child Competency Assessment
- An initial assessment of each child is carried out based on the indicators of 5 development components under Early Child Care & Education (ECCE). Further, each child’s parameters are re-visited on a monthly basis. This helps in preparing a child centric development plan and a need based curriculum & TLMs. Progress of every child is taken care of throughout their engagement with the center.
- The mothers’ committees offer a chance to the women to monitor and manage education, nutrition and health programmes pertaining to children. Additionally, women and adolescent girls are encouraged to discuss issues of health, hygiene and other family issues. The necessary support & information is provided to address these issues.
Women from the Mothers’ Committee have also started taking positions in the local governance institutions of their villages in many places.
- Language transition is an important approach devised to take care of difficulties of millions of children who cannot learn effectively because the language of instruction is not their mother tongue.