“The early childhood stage is the most critical period when the foundations are laid for life-long learning and development”
Early childhood is an important period where foundations are laid for life-long development of the child. Contemporary research establishes the fact that a child's brain grows at an extraordinary pace in the first six years of his/her life. Socio-economic imbalances hinder child's growth in the form of poverty, malnutrition and the lack of access to essential civic utilities. Navnirmiti’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program was developed keeping in mind these constraints.
Navnirmiti Eduquality Foundation’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program is developed for the holistic development of children in the age group of 3 to 6 years. The program adheres to the Do, Discover and Learn the philosophy of Navnirmiti Eduquality Foundation.
Activity and theme based learning will be the predominant way of teaching children to learn and help them to development in a more informal and playful manner. Since the child is an integrated human being, development and learning in all the domain should be integrated. Compartmentalization can be done only for the convenience of planning; so teaching through subjects/Periods such as mathematics, science, language etc. is unsuitable in these early years.
With the resource available we develop low cost and relevant materials for children which is child friendly and reusable and connected with the curriculum. We also customize materials as per requirement of the preschool / centers.
We conduct training workshops with teachers, co-teachers, helpers, supervisors and parents to provide quality education in preschool.
We take initiative to have partnership with local community for sustaining the program.
Impact of Kilbil Project 2013 – 2017 – A study conducted by TISS highlighted and acknowledged the significance of our Early Childhood Education Program. It was deemed fruitful and was addressed the concerns at the policy level too.
NEF started its work in ECE/ PP through one of its community learning centers in the tribal villages situated near Mumbai. In a suitable learning environment created by us and trained teachers we could get encouraging learning outcomes in the children of these centers.
After that we implemented this programme with DyanmandirPurva-prathamikVidyalaya, St. Stanislaus, Bhandup Village Balwadi, Smile Mumbai foundation etc. We have also conducted training workshops with RBK school, JBCN school, Euro School, ICDS Ranchi, Zee Learn, teachers of government balwadis, anganwadis and private schools and Ngos in different states of India.
An initiative under Public-Private Partnership by Navnirmiti Eduquality Foundation, Department of Women and Child Development, and Jindal Steel Works (JSW), also known as the ‘Kilbil Prakalpa’, this programme was developed to raise the educational standards of the Existing Anganwadi Centres (AWC).
The ‘Kilbil Prakalp’ was started in 2013 with 35 Anganwadis and 525 children reached upto551 Anganwadis with 13568 students in the year 2017.
Navnirmiti Eduquality has developed the concept of ‘Model Anganwadis’ that has graced the childhood education with winds of change.
A Model Anganwadi consists of Doll house, Book corner, Free play and Creativity corner, Conceptual wall painting based on the theme, Big size floor games, Audio and Video materials, learning materials such as Mathematical and Scientific toys that encourage students to explore learning and collective activity. Model Anganwadi Sevikas undergo training imparted by resource persons that help them teach using all these resources to the maximum.
JSW Foundation in collaboration with Navnirmiti Eduquality Foundation has envisioned developing model anganwadis in Kalmeshwar, Nagpur rural area based on the other successful projects in Sholtu (Himachal Pradesh) and Vasind (Mumbai). With a vision to provide good quality education in the government run ICDS anganwadis by setting focus on training of teachers, child centric classroom and the awareness among parents. By a year 2025 we aim to reach out to 132 Anganwadis.
Navnirmiti’s work in Early Childhood Education began in 2010 in association with the Government of Maharashtra. Over the years, the program has evolved to include and answer the different needs of diverse communities across India.