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Early Childhood Care and Education

Updated: Dec 28, 2023



A section of the New Education Policy focuses on the Early Childhood Education. It states that the Right to Education eligibility window from has been extended from 6-14 years to 3-18 years. With a goal of having 100 percent of children ‘school-ready’ by 2030, the policy pushes for universalization of ECCE. Investment in infrastructure such as play equipment and child-friendly buildings, as well as continuous professional development of ECCE teachers and anganwadi workers through a six-month certification programme, including some online components.


Children learn best when they are not pushed too hard and given space for creativity. Many parents resort to spending more time with their children in order to teach them the things they feel they need to learn. This has been found to be very helpful for a child's higher education. Early childhood education is for children between the ages of three and five. It is more commonly referred to as preschool, pre-kindergarten, day care, nursery school or simply early education. Despite the different names, they all have the same purpose – to prepare children for elementary school. Early childhood education is similar to a training program given to young children. If done right, early childhood education can help in developing a lifelong love of learning in children.


Importance of Early Childhood Education:


Socialization:

The main concept of socialization takes root in early childhood. In a safe environment away from family, children meet other people of their age, sowing the seeds of 'socialization' in young minds. This helps to develop self-confidence in your children by eliminating their shy nature.

Cooperation:

An only child can benefit from having a safe environment to learn how to be an independent child. Experts say this is especially beneficial for children who are not used to sharing things. They can learn to share, cooperate, take turns and have a secure social life.

Holistic Development:

Teachers who handle young children are well trained to identify the weaker aspects of a child and to encourage them to improve. Interaction amongst peers is extremely important in this context.

Enthusiasm for Lifelong Learning:

Children will develop a hunger for learning if they are taught through fun and exciting activities. This eagerness and enthusiasm for learning will remain with them their entire lives. Value of Education:

The new environment provided in preschool gives children an entirely different perspective on the requirement of education. It also teaches them how to use their knowledge to apply it to their daily lives.

Respect:

The environment in preschool helps children learn to become civil towards one another and understand that the concept of respect is not just limited to people and belongings, but also to their environment. Teamwork:

A person's teamwork capability is based on respect for others opinions, listening skills and mentality towards equality. Many preschool activities are focused on teamwork and help children improve their attitude towards working as a team in the future of the world.

Resilience:

They can also learn about coping strategies for their future challenges by reading books and watching videos.


Cooperation:

The involvement in preschool tasks and activities demands higher levels of concentration from a child. The repetitive occurrence of the activities helps them to improve their concentration skills. Patience:

Children should be taught how to deal with difficult situations in school. Experiences such as sharing the attention of the teacher, waiting for their turn etc. will help children develop patience and learn self-control later in life. Confidence and Self Esteem:

A sense of wellbeing is important for a person to explore their talents. The positive interactions with peers and teachers encourage a positive view of themselves. This is an important impact of early childhood education.

Brain Development:

Professionally crafted activities in preschool enhance the development of the brain. Various activities involving analyzing and logical reasoning help them to develop their skills.

Exposure to Diversity:

There is so much diversity in the modern world and children need to be taught to appreciate and accept the differences in society. Early childhood education can influence the mental, emotional and physical development of a child. This is because it is possible to have a greater impression on a person during their early childhood days. The best way to deal with fears is to be supportive, yet firm. As a parent, you may find that there is a real problem causing the anxiety in a child such as a bully, a strict teacher, a test or an assignment. If there is a problem, work with your child toward a solution. Don’t give in to arguments or tantrums. That teaches children that those things will work. Invested parents can help with separation anxiety. Tell the teacher about your child’s worries. Most teachers are experts at handling separation anxiety. Most important, reward your children with praise every time they go to school and stay at school without much difficulty. Most of the time, school separation anxiety ends quickly. Children who are anxious may have other problems, both currently and later in life which would be identified and helped with by a school counselor.


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