The Diploma Programme in Early Childhood Care and Education is a unique holistic package that aims at helping the learner develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for working with young children (i.e. children up to six years of age) and equips them to organise and manage child-care centres like crèches, preschools, nursery schools, kindergartens and day-care centres.
The New Education Policy of the Government of India, 1986, strongly emphasises the importance of the early years of childhood, and the need for providing early childhood care and education (ECCE) services on a national scale, both to serve as a feeder into primary education and to enable women to join the workforce by providing quality services for the care of their children. One needs trained people with the right perspective about ECCE to work in a child-care centre.
The specific objectives of the Diploma Programme are to enable the learner:
- To develop an understanding about the needs and rights of children with emphasis on the socio-cultural context of childhood;
- To understand the development of children from birth to six years of age;
- To plan play activities for fostering development;
- To appreciate the health and nutritional needs of young children and to be able to evaluate a diet as regards nutritional adequacy;
- To be able to identify common childhood illnesses, take care of the sick child and take preventive measures;
- To interact with the community and impart simple health, nutrition and preschool education and early childhood care and education massages;
- To identify children with special needs, be able to take care of their needs within the setting of the child care centre and take preventive action;
- To gain knowledge and develop skills and attitudes required for working with young children; and
- To set up, manage and work in child-care centres such as crèches, preschools, nursery schools, kindergartens and day care centres.