Developing Skills on Early Childhood Care & Education

IPER is running a Certificate course on ‘Developing Skills on Early Childhood Care & Education’. The course is affiliated by the West Bengal University of Teachers' Training, Education Planning & Administration.
Working in the field of education for more than three decades the greatest lacuna that IPER has found is that in spite of all efforts children who come from the marginalised communities do not learn though they attend school regularly. The stress on teaching does not lead to learning. Moreover the early stage of development remains neglected. This had inspired IPER to take-up this course for preparing teachers for the pre-primary stage, care givers and the most important person in the life of a child the parents.
Moreover IPER is also engaged in training and developing Teaching-Learning Materials for this special category of children who are out-of-school but can very well be put to school with special efforts. Training and capacity building also form essential part of IPER’s programme.
Certificate Course on ‘Developing Skills on Early Childhood Care & Education’ … Why a course of this nature?
IPER has been working in the field of education since its inception and for the last two decades with the schools which are catering to children coming from very deprived families. During this work it has been noticed that in spite of having a number of Pre-primary schools mushrooming in the city and suburbs it has been noticed that though there are courses for Teachers Training for Primary and Secondary stages there is no such training for the Pre-primary schools.
However it is a well known fact that the early years of human life especially the 2 to 8 years is a very important stage as it is during these years the rate of development of the child is very fast. In fact the basis of all development both physical and cognitive is formed during this period.
The first six to eight years of life are very critical since the rate of development in these years is more rapid than at any other stage of development. Research in neuro-science confirms the importance of the early years in a child’s life particularly since 90% of brain development has already taken place by the time a child is six years of age. Research also indicates that the development of brain is influenced not only by health, nutrition and quality of care but also the quality of psycho-social environment the child is exposed to in these early years. A psycho-socially deficit environment or emotional neglect can lead to negative consequences for a child’s development, which may even be irreversible. This places a very large percentage of children from poorer or marginalised families, ‘at risk’, in terms of their life chances and opportunities.
Moreover as globally children up to 8 years are considered to be in a similar developmental stage with similar characteristics and ways of learning and responding to the earlier years, it is recommended that the training needs to include class I and II along with those of the age group 3 to 6 years within the scope of the training of Pre-primary teachers. This is also a transition stage for formal schooling wherein children are at maximum risk of dropping out, as per national data available. This extension would also serve the need for smoothening the transition for the child from pre-primary to primary stage.
The training beside aiming at the would be Te4achers also caters to Care-Givers of organisation dealing with children AND Parents who are the primary care givers of the child.

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COURSE HIGHLIGHTS:
Aims:

  • To understand the key issues on developmental stages of children
  • To get an insight on gender parity, rights of children and its effect on education
  • To learn innovative and participatory methods of teaching
  • To learn about special children and their education
  • To learn ICT as an important tool to learning and development

Methodology:

  • Interactive lecture sessions
  • Participatory Workshop
  • Tutorials & Assignments
  • Practical work on Lesson planning, developing learning materials
  • Computer assignments
  • Practice teaching in Pre-Primary Centres
  • Project Work
  • Viva Voce
  • Evaluation/Assessments


Practical Work:
All the trainees are required to learn physical exercises and activities based on rhythm and music. Yoga too will be a part of the training. The trainees will require an understanding of the social and cultural dimensions of gender, disability, individual differences in learning, schooling and emergence of self and identity, and similar issues. Project work and assignment and tutorials will be done on the core subjects as well as other subjects.
Eligibility:
Passing of Higher Secondary in Arts, Science and Commerce preference for those obtaining 50% and above marks in the Higher Secondary Examination. Age preference below 35 years.
Reservation of Seats:
As per the norms of the Government for SC, ST and OBC candidates
Time Schedule:
6 months - Examinations will be taken at the end of the Course
Session:
January to June & July to December

 
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