Early Childhood Education Centre Pvt. Ltd. was established in July 2001 with the desire and vision to improve the quality of Pre- and Primary School teaching in Nepal. We believe that every child should have the right and privilege to adequate and child centered education.
Early Childhood Education is established by expatriates who work closely with a Nepali Advisory Board consisting of experienced and professional people. They felt the need for ECD training for teachers to lay a better foundation for education for young children. Early Childhood is not a time for rote learning but for practical activities and play. If children are forced to study beyond their interest areas and readiness stages they will not enjoy school. They may develop negative feelings towards books and formal education. Learning must be fun!
A good teacher can have great influence on a child’s character, skills development, behavior and values. Young children under are tactile learners. They are inquisitive and need to explore and experiment. Play and ‘hands-on’ experience are most effective ways of learning at that age.
Most children under five years old are not yet ready for formal studies. Early childhood education should be skill oriented rather then theory- and exam oriented. Different kinds of play help children to develop socio-emotional, physical and cognitive skills in a balanced way and thus prepare young children by developing skills for formal learning such as reading, writing and mathematics. Skills can only develop through practice. ECEC seeks to equip Preschool Teachers to guide children in developing such skills as: association, categorizing, differentiation, matching, observing for details, sequencing and other skills which will develop the students thinking power and prepare them for formal education.
ECEC believes that every child is unique and needs a loving, stimulating environment in which to develop. In Child Psychology the early Childhood Years are called ‘Formative years. We believe that in this is the time the foundation is laid for the child’s life values, habits (discipline), thinking patterns (Logic, reasoning, memory), and attitudes, social -mental - and emotional skills. We therefore need to create such learning and developing environment for the preschool students that they can develop these skills at their best.
• To increase the impact of teaching techniques for young children which are culturally appropriate and child-friendly.
• To promote the development and production of adequate teaching materials.
• To contribute to the development of ECD curriculum nationwide.
• To conduct intensive and practical short & long term Teacher Training Courses in ECD to train and equip career teachers for the profession of teaching.
• To conduct refresher training courses for teachers to encourage and stimulate them.
• To conduct workshops to help parents understand the need of adjusting and revitalizing the current teaching approach.
• To make available at ECEC a wide selection of educational materials for children’s learning and instructional tools for teachers.
• To provide consultation to principals and teachers in establishing and adapting kindergartens to the current requirements of Pre-School Teaching.
• To give assistance to Pre-Primary Schools in developing curriculum and syllabus.
• To assist schools in selecting effective and valuable educational materials and how to use them
A parent seminar is most of the time part of a consultation package and will be organized by a school, to educate the parents of the children in their school. This is needed because quite often the parents start complaining when a school starts using the play way method of teaching. They want the visible result that traditional teaching gives: home work and children reciting a,b,c. In a parent seminar (which lasts about 2 hours) the objective is to explain to the parents why the school uses the Play Way method of teaching. Basic concepts of Child Development are introduced to explain what children like and how children learn. To make it very clear, the parent get the opportunity to play with table games. By doing so, they experience themselves that learning is taking place when playing. Parents want the best for their children and in the parent seminar they hear that learning through play is the best way for children to learn. A parent course goes much deeper. The parent course is for parents that want to understand the development of their child in depth. They want to be involved in stimulating the overall development of their child and so they are interested to learn how that can be done. Lessons are spread over 3 days and include subjects as: Child Development Basic needs of children How do children learn? The importance of play Different table games. story telling Health and Hygiene How to build self confidence Discipline
Montessori education: Maria Montessori was a child psychologist who lived and worked in Europe during the last century. She developed her theories while working with mentally disabled children. She travel through many countries promoting her way of educating children. Her philosophy and methods are now been used throughout the world, not just for preschools, but up till class 10. Montessori education has very distinct characteristics, like mixed age groupings, lots of free play in which the children can chose what to do, using the specially designed teaching aids, the so-called Montessori lab. The teacher in a Montessori school does not really teach; she observes and makes sure that the child gets the right material at hand to explore. Nepal has many preschools that have Montessori in their name. However many of those schools are not really authentic Montessori schools. ECEC’s play way method of teaching: Maria Montessori is just one of many psychologists who have developed theories about how to teach young children. Although Maria Montessori’s philosophy has lots of good points, the theory is limited. In ECEC’s courses we take the best from different child psychologists and educators. Besides this ECEC’s trainings are very much contextualized to Nepal: after 10 years of experience in teacher training ECEC knows what works in Nepal and what does not. The Montessori equipment, which is compulsory for authentic Montessori education is just too expensive for most Nepali schools. ECEC believes such expensive material is not necessary to teach the children. Locally available material, even material made from material available in nature, can be as effective as teaching aids in preschool. The most important things is to know how and why to use certain material. And that is part of the training at ECEC.