What is Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE)?
Early Childhood Care and Education aims to develop a child's emotional, social, and physical needs for a firm, wide-ranging foundation and attaining full potential for lifelong well-being. ECCE is responsible for building capable future citizens. The time of remarkable brain development in children at its peak occurs from birth to eight years old as they are highly influenced by factors, environment, and people surrounding them.
General Objectives of ECCE
Adaptation to their surroundings
Developing an enthusiasm for learning
Fostering social skills
Instilling team/sharing attitudes
Promotes a holistic development
Enhancing age-appropriate use of technology
The course in ECCE consists of Vocational Package comprising of following three subjects:
Understanding the Child (Course Code:439)
Early Childhood Care and Education - Principles and Processes (Course Code:440).
Organizing and Managing an Early Childhood Care and Education Centre (Course Code:441).
Skills Required for ECCE
Children are very different from adults, especially in their sensitivity and grasping power. Teachers are required to have a certain skill set to approach and develop a child that will enable them to motivate and work while finding success and joy each day.
Enthusiasm and love for children
Patience and humor
Creativity and flexibility
Respect of differences as each child is unique in their learning style and personality
Age Bar and Eligibility
In India, Early childhood education encompasses an ecce diploma course open for everybody. Anyone above the age of 18 is eligible to pursue the ECCE course. The requirement to enroll in the course is a 10+2 level qualification.
Marks of admission vary from institution to institution. Most institutes conduct entrance exams plus interviews.
The course helps in developing skills knowledge, attitude necessary to work with young children and enables them to manage and organize childcare centers such as preschool, nursery school, kindergarten, and daycare centers. The duration of this diploma course is for a year.