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Overview


Course Objective:
Course Objectives The major objectives are to
  • Promote quality and excellence in ECCE by providing guidelines for practice to promote optimum learning and development of children in their early years
  • Set out the broad pedagogical techniques and assessment plan to be customized to meet the individual needs of the children, the specific setting, linguistic culture and the local community.

Pre-requisites: Prerequistes and intended audience
This course is for students doing their    Post graduation in Home science/Human development/psychology/counseling/social work/literature or any other related fields. The passion towards serving the young children is the most important criteria. The course is targeted for people who intend to start a new preschool/playschool/day-care, or upgrade an existing preschool, or to take up a career as a teacher in preschool, or to improve admission counseling skills or to be trained on the various elements of ECCE. Last but not the least the course will help you the prospective parent in upbringing your child.

Learning Outcomes: Learning outcomes After successful completion of the course the learner will be able to
  • Recognize the foundational and theoretical underpinnings of early care and learning and apply its implication in providing suitable learning environment
  • Understand the types and benefits of early play and analyse the strengths of play-way approach for the holistic development of children
  • Describe the principles of programme planning, collate and identify customized pedagogical techniques and acquire the skill-set in planning and administration of  ECCE centre and
  • Explain the assessment procedure of the child’s development and learning and explore the strategies in promoting smooth and effective transition of the child to the next level of learning. 

Syllabus


COURSE LAYOUT


1st  week
ECCE in India
Principles of growth and development and interrelatedness of the domains of development
Brain development in early years

2nd week 
Theoretical foundations and its implications towards learning and development in early years - Behaviourism and social learning 
Theoretical foundations and its implications towards learning and development in early years – Piaget’s Cognitive developmental theory
Theoretical foundations and its implications towards learning and development in early years – Information processing and Gardner’s’ MI

3rd week
Theoretical foundations and its implications towards learning and development in early years - Ecological and socio-cultural perspective
Objectives and Principles of ECCE
ECCE concerns

4th week
Concept, meaning and benefits of play
Types of play and its values  - Part 1
Types of play and its values  - Part 2
Learning and developing holistically through play

5th week
Curriculum of play way approach – supporting communication skills
Curriculum of play way approach – supporting early literacy and numeracy
Curriculum of play way approach – supporting reading skills

6th week 
The planning process – Long term, medium term and small term
The planning process - Reviewing and evaluating planned themes and activities

7th week
Setting up early learning environment – indoor
Setting up early learning environment – outdoor
Meaning and concept, general types of pedagogical techniques and strategies

8th week 
Pedagogy in relation to ECE – Positioning, Empowering, Scaffolding
Pedagogy in relation to ECE – Co-constructing, Modelling, Questioning
Pedagogy in relation to ECE – Encouraging and praising, Problem solving, Documenting

9th week
Guiding principles and suggestive developmentally appropriate practices for  birth to three years – Part 1
Guiding principles and suggestive developmentally appropriate practices for  birth to three years – Part 2

10th week
Guiding principles and suggestive developmentally appropriate practices for  three to six years – Part – 1
Guiding principles and suggestive developmentally appropriate practices for  three to six years – Part – 2

11th week 
Recognizing dispositions, skills, attitudes, knowledge and understanding of children  
Creating a strong emotional foundation

12th  week 
Principles of assessment
Why, what, and when to assess
Assessment tools and strategies

13th week 
Key people in the assessment process – ECCE provider
Key people in the assessment process – Parents and family
Assessment information – Planning the next step in learning

14th week 
Meaning and importance
Strategies to promote effective transition- to enable the child to be ready to learn

15th week 
Strategies to promote effective transition- to facilitate parent to support child’s transition
Strategies to promote effective transition- to assist the school to be ready for the child

Taught by

Dr. K. Arockia Maraichelvi

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