SIXTH DIPLOMA COURSE IN
EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND
DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
National Council of Educational Research and Training
Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi – 1100162
Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)
Article 45 in Part IV (as revised) of the Directive Principles of State policy states
that the State shall endeavour to provide early childhood care and education for all
children until they complete the age of 6 years. Recognizing the need for the
development of children’s personality, which has a strong bearing upon on primary
education, it has been envisaged that children be provided with the necessary
maturational and experiential readiness for meeting the demands of the primary
In this context, the role and functions of the Department of Elementary Education,
NCERT are to:
Strengthen the national level Resource Group for ECCE at the NCERT and
undertaking research, training, development and extension activities.
Support SCERTs/DIETs of all States/UTs in establishing ECCE cell and
Develop training programmes for ECCE personnel working in the States and
those involved in Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in planning, implementation
and monitoring of the programmes of ECCE.
Develop material for parents, teachers, teacher-educators and children for
implementing quality ECCE programmes.
Develop advocacy materials including audio-visual material for
teachers/teacher-educators, planners, parents and other stakeholders for
awareness generation about need and significance of good quality ECCE
Undertake research studies/programmes/projects on impact of implementing
different schemes, developing strategies for UEE, tryout of materials
developed, evaluation, etc.
The course is targeted to teacher-educators working in DIETs, SCERTs, ICDS and
private Nursery Teacher Training Institutions including NGOs catering to
disadvantaged population of society. It aims at developing a cadre of resource
persons who will be equipped with skills and knowledge for organising state level
ECCE training programmes and extension activities for generating awareness
among communities about the need, significance and good quality ECCE
programmes, conduct training programmes for ECCE functionaries, develop 3
resource material for different levels of functionaries, prepare learning material for
children and conduct research studies in the area of ECCE.
(i) Increasing knowledge-base of teacher-educator (trainees) regarding growth,
development and learning process of young children from birth to eight
years of age.
(ii) Inculcating sensitivity towards needs of young children and issues related to
Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE).
(iii) Developing competence in conduct of ECCE programmes in various
(iv) Creating awareness among teacher-educators regarding various teachinglearning strategies to be used in training of teachers.
(v) Conducting research studies at state level.
The course has been designed with a focus on training with hands-onexperience and practical exposures of participants in different ECCE settings.
The course has been designed to be taken up in three phases –
First Phase : Face-to-face contact programme at NCERT
Second Phase : Working in their respective places of work
Third Phase : Contact session at NCERT (2 weeks).
The training covers the development and learning aspects of children from birth
to eight years, i.e., under 3 children, pre-school stage and early primary stage.
The course has been planned in such a way that lectures and theoretical aspects
are minimized and practical and hands on experiences are maximized.
The second phase includes project work/assignments through which
participants will be confronted with real grassroot issues and will be able to
identify salient features/issues of ECCE in their respective state and address
them in the last phase of training through interactive sessions with resource
persons at NCERT.4
The course includes intensive training in practical aspects integrated with theory.
The course has laid strong emphasis on field visits and visits to different
institutions like mobile crèches, Anganwadis, SOS Village, early primary grades of
MCD primary schools, etc. to provide first hand experiences.
The course has been designed to include a two-week internship in ICDS/AWs/IIT
nursery school/MCD schools. During the period of internship, the trainees would
plan ECCE activities on a daily basis and undertake these activities in AWs. As
trainees would be working with ICDS in their respective places, they would also
need exposure in aspects of community participation. They would also have
chance during the internship to organize and observe activities of community
participation and organizing meeting of parents.
The course material in the form of handouts, photocopies of relevant topics,
printed books on ECCE would be provided to trainees. Under each unit, the core
material considered essential for reading by trainee would be included in the
material to be given to them.
The faculty of the diploma course comprises faculty of Department of Elementary
Education working in the area of ECCE and resource persons drawn from various
institutions working in the area of nutrition and child health, early learning, child
development and child psychology, having rich and varied experience. In addition,
resource persons in specific areas like puppetry, art and craft, music and
movement, children’s health and nutritional needs would be invited as guest
Duration of Course
Six months, spread over three phases.5
Eligibility for Admission
Post Graduate, received teacher training at any level.
Preference will be given to candidates sponsored by State Governments
planning to establish State/district level ECCE Resource Centre.
Candidates having educational qualification or work experience in the area of
ECCE will be given preference.
Medium of Instruction
The medium of instruction would be both English and Hindi. The course material
would be largely available in English.
A total of 35 seats are available. Out of thirty-five seats, five seats are reserved for
private sector including NGOs working especially for socially disadvantaged
sections of society and children with special needs. Candidates would be selected
by a committee set up for the purpose on the basis of eligibility criteria. The
application completed in all respects should be routed through respective State
Government to the Head, Department of Elementary Education, NCERT, Sri
Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi-110016 within 20 days of the date of the
advertisement. Teacher-educators from NGOs, Private Nursery Teacher Training
Institutions may apply directly.
Schedule of Training
The First Phase Training:
Starting from 1st September 2011 to 30th November 2011.
The Second Phase Training:
Starting from 1st December 2011 to 28th February 2012.
The Third Phase Training:
Starting from 1st March 2012 to 13th March 2012.6
There would be no course fee for candidates deputed by State/UT Governments.
They will be provided TA as per NCERT rules. Lodging and boarding facilities
will be available at NIE Guest House / PG Hostel. Private candidates will be
charged Rs.10,000/- towards training cost and if they wish to avail facility of
staying in the Campus of NCERT for training , they will be required to pay
charges for boarding and lodging and also bear the travel cost. Candidates should
indicate their requirement for boarding and lodging facilities in advance.
For further detail, please write to:
Department of Elementary Education,
National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)
Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi 110 016 (India)
Phone: 011-26863735, 26560559 (off.)
Fax: 011-26863104 (off.)