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Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCEd)

The period from birth to six years of a child is primarily defined as Early Childhood. The growth of brain during this period is remarkably high. At this stage, children get influenced tremendously by the environment and the people around them. Therefore, Early Childhood Care and Education through a set up of inspiring environment and trained people is very important for their holistic growth.

In recent decades, studies have shown that early childhood education is critical in preparing children to enter and succeed in the formal classroom, diminishing their risk of socio-emotional mental health problems and increasing their self-sufficiency later in their lives.

Quality early childhood care and education (ECCEd) has the power to transform children’s lives. It can contribute to greater efficiency in education and health systems and a better skilled workforce. Attention to early childhood education can also help build more equal and inclusive societies. Early childhood is the time when promoting gender equality and a culture of peace makes a true difference, as the pace of brain development is at its peak. When children are exposed to values and attitudes that support gender equality and peace at an early age, they are likely to hold them in later stages in life.

Although children who benefit from quality early childhood education programs are better prepared for primary school and will reap better education outcomes, however, Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCEd) is more than preparation for primary school. It aims at the holistic development of a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs in order to build a solid and broad foundation for lifelong learning and wellbeing.

The individuals who constitute the early childhood care and education workforce are known as Early Childhood Educators. They play a very crucial role in imparting ECCEd to the children up to 6 years of age. They form meaningful bonds with the children in their care, and their interactions, behaviours and teaching practices influence children’s development, as well as their later school readiness. The demand for Early Childhood Educators and ECCEd centres has been substantially growing in rapid pace. The factors are as follows:

  • Significance of Early Childhood Education has been realised by parents as well as Government.
  • Affordability of parents has increased. Number of working mothers has increased considerably.
  • Overall improvement of standard of living across the society especially in tire II and III cities.
  • A large number of pre-school children are still out of ECCEd coverage. Worldwide more that 150 million such children need to be brought under ECCEd coverage. India has 160 million children below the age of 6 yrs.
  • UNESCO has adopted policy to ensure all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education by 2030.
  • Govt. of India adopted ECCEd policy in the year 2013 as National Early Childhood Care and Education Policy. Right to Education Act, 2010 has urged the government to provide a framework for education of children in the age group of 0-6, to prepare them well for their primary education.
  • Govt of various countries including India has realised that to promote human resource development, gender equality and social cohesion, investment in Early Childhood Education is very vital.

It is a proven phenomenon that to ensure holistic growth of a child, high quality ECCEd is indispensable. For high quality ECCEd, holistic training of a teacher is required. Therefore, Safal Teachers Training has prepared a very high quality curriculum for its prestigious ECCEd programme utilising the expertise of experts in this filed and their long research activities. The design of the course introduced by Safal Teachers Training comprises following essential elements

  • Comprehensive programme that covers all aspects of child development such as physical, motor, emotional, social, language and cognitive development. Teachers/entrepreneurs gains overall knowledge on the subject.
  • Learning through play and imitation. Safal Teachers Training has devised innovative way of learning through play and imitation.
  • Safal Teachers Training, as part of curriculum, teaches know-how of set-up to have stimulating, nurturing and stable relationships with parents and other caregivers.
  • The course also covers the importance of low child-teacher ratio and efficient management.
  • The course curriculum dedicates considerable portion to explain the necessity of well-trained, well-paid and stable staff to run a pre-primary centre with high quality services.
  • Teachers, aspiring Teachers who wish to have rewarding career in pre-primary segment.
  • A child minder/guardian who wishes to impart appropriate education to their child during early years.
  • School Principals, Administrators who wish to run their school effectively
  • Centre Co-ordinator for play-school, day-care, Play groups etc.
  • Aspiring Trainer, Curriculum planners, Course Co-ordinators in any training establishment.
  • Entrepreneur/prospective Entrepreneur who wish to excel in pre-school sector business.

The job opportunities for an ECCEd qualified teacher are huge across the country and abroad. As awareness regarding importance of pre-primary education has percolated to even countryside, the demand for good quality ECCEd qualified teacher is everywhere. A successful candidate of Safal Teachers Training has open doors for unlimited opportunities; few of them are as follows:

  • Teacher, counsellor, librarian, education developer at any pre-primary school or day-care centre
  • Teacher cum co-ordinator in a play school or play & games library
  • Academic Co-ordinator for large educational institutes
  • Trainer for other aspiring teacher in any training institute
  • Programme and activity planner for young children
  • Crèche Coordinator
  • Centre Coordinator in NGOs, Charitable organisations
  • Home Tutor in private set up.
  • Lastly, Entrepreneurship with unlimited scope in pre-primary sector.
  • Basic Concept and Orientation of ECCEd
  • Stages of Child Development
  • Curriculum Planning and its suitability assessment
  • Pre-school Organisation
  • Children with Special Needs
  • Communication with parents
  • Creative Journal making
  • Educational Journal making
  • Appropriate Teaching Aids/Tools
  • Lesson Plans
  • Co-curricular activities

Timing and Batches

Flexibility is exercised to match the convenience of students, wherever feasible.

Course Duration 1 Year