Ignou Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education

Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education DECE

The Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education is a programme for continuous knowledge and skills up-gradation for those working in the sector of Early Childhood Care and Education. It is a unique holistic package that equips the learner to foster the holistic development of young children (i.e., children from birth to 6 years of age) and will be of interest to those who are working with children in birth to six age group in diverse settings, such as creches, preschools, pre-primary classes, nursery schools, Anganwadi and balwadis; those managing such early childhood care and
education centres; parents and others interested in knowing about the development of young children.

Eligibility: 10+2 or its equivalent

Duration: Minimum 1 year and Maximum 4 years; offered in both January & July cycle of admissions

Fee Structure: Rs. 3,000/- for full programme

Medium of Instruction: English, Hindi & Tami

Programme Details:

Course Code Title of the Course Credits Download
DECE 1 Organizing Child Care Services 8
DECE 2 Child Health and Nutrition 8
DECE 3 Services and Programmes for Children 8
DECE 4 Project Work : Working with Young Children in a Child Care Setting 8
Total Credits 32

Project Work is a vital component of the programme. The learner has to identify a preschool centre that follows a play-based pedagogy for undertaking the Project Work and organize play activities and learning experiences with children there for a period of 30 working days, as described in the Project Manual. A preschool caters to
children between 3+ to 5+ years of age or 3+ to 6+ years of age, before they join class 1 in a primary school.

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