The diploma program in ECCE - a pocket guide

Early childhood care and education is given much importance in recent years. These are the years that develop the child socially and mentally. Proper guidance and supervision during these years are very important. The diploma program helps aspiring teachers in understanding the needs and the ways to guide them better.

The foundation stage as per the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020 emphasizes on the rapid growth and development that the child goes through in the early years. As per the NEP, these years should be dedicated to preparing the child for formal education through experimental, activity-based,
and play-way methods. These innovative methods are appropriately termed Early Childhood Care and Education or ECCE.

Diploma program in ECCE

ECCE aims in developing and strengthening the child emotionally, socially, and physically in these early years so that he attains his full potential later. This course is specially meant to give in-depth knowledge on early childhood care and education is indeed a means to holistic learning.
The program is designed keeping the results from the various researches in neuroscience in the picture. The program revolves around health, a safe environment, nutrition, simulation, and opportunities for learning of the children in the early years. The program enriches the candidates with the abilities to understand and help the little kids with the development and augmentation of knowledge, attitude, and skills that they would require later for higher studies.

Who should go for the program

This program is quite helpful to those working in the crèches, pre-schools and pre-primary classes. It can also be said as an added benefit to the teachers in the early primary classes. In short, it should be taken up by all dealing with the teaching and mentorship of children in the early years of school i.e. from birth till at least 6 years of age.

Qualities required for ECCE

The candidates aspiring for the Diploma in ECCE need to have few other skills other than the educational certificates. These people will have to deal with the children who are very sensitive in the early years. Moreover, each child will also be different from the other. This would require enthusiasm on the part of the candidate to handle each and every child in a different yet caring way. Few skills that are needed for being a successful teacher:
  • Love for the children
  • Enthusiasm to work with children
  • Patience
  • Creativity and flexibility
  • Ability to see the difference in each child

Eligibility for the Diploma Programme

The Diploma in ECCE is open to everybody with the following eligibilities:
  • The person should be 18 years of age or above
  • He/ She should have completed the 10+2 from any recognized board
  • He/ She should have the minimum marks in 10+2 as set by the different colleges

Mode of admission

Most of the institutes in the country take their students for the Diploma programme on the basis of their 10+2 marks on the first come first serve basis. However, few may also conduct their own entrance exams and interviews and then select their students on a merit basis.

Duration and Fees

The minimum duration of the course is 1 year. However, the same could also be for two years in some institutes.
The fees for the Diploma Programme may vary from Rs. 3000 to Rs.1,00,000 depending on the academic infrastructure and other facilities being provided by the college/university.

Top colleges for the programme

The course/ programme is available in almost all the Universities in the country. However, the top 10 colleges/Universities where one could take up the diploma are:
  • Indira Gandhi Open University (IGNOU), Delhi
  • Bombay Teachers' Training College, Mumbai
  • Jaipur National University, Jaipur
  • PK Roy Memorial College for Women, Dhanbad
  • Amity University, Noida
  • Maharani Teacher Training College, Tiruppur
  • Manav Bharti Nursery Teacher Training Institute, New Delhi
  • Maharishi University of Management and Technology, Bilaspur
  • Tamil Nadu Open University, Chennai
  • SIES Institute of Comprehensive Education

Careers ahead

Once the qualification is achieved, the candidate is qualified for the following jobs:
  • Preprimary teachers
  • Asst preprimary teacher
  • Caretaker
  • Day care personnel
  • Home tutor>
  • Academic and center coordinator for the Pre-primary school
  • ECE content developer
Early child development sets the way for lifelong development and behavior of the student. So this course helps the candidate fulfills their job goals patiently with the children.
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