An Initiative by SRF Foundation

Curriculum



Duration and Timings



Brief Description

The 3EP is open to all adults who are passionate and committed to working with young children aged 2 to 6 years old.

 

The current batch started on the 3rd of July 2017 and will end on 22nd of December 2017.

 

The next batch will begin on the 2nd of November 2017.

 

Classes start at 9am and end at 12.30pm every weekday during the semester.

 



 Course in Brief



The course comprises of theory sessions along with real time observation and teaching practice. Preparation of project files, lesson plans, research work and assignments will be an on-going part of the course. Evaluations will also be on-going throughout the course. Internal assessment of assignments, aids, lesson plans and teaching practice will be part of the continuous and final evaluation.








Foundations of Teaching

This comprises of modules which focus on the theoretical aspects of the programme. The hands-on approach will be adopted with several opportunities for trainees to experience the very activities and methods they would later impart. Strategies and application form a core part of the lessons.

The subject areas covered include:

a. Child Development and Educational Psychology
A sound knowledge of the developmental milestones, needs and tasks for each age and stage of the little child is imperative for early childhood educators. This module equips the trainee with an understanding of the abilities of the child and efficient strategies that can be used to enhance and develop them. Topics include learning, perception, multiple intelligences, and learning styles, along with an understanding of developmental psychology and relevant theories.


b. Foundations of Education: Educational Thought
All aspects of human life and development impacts education and this module focuses on the development in education across the world through the ages. In this course one also examines the challenges facing education today in the light of the fact that India will have the largest population of school going children in the very near future.


c. Curriculum and Subject Development

What is a curriculum? What should be included in the Early Childhood curriculum? Which subjects should these young learners be taught; why should they be taught and how? These are some of the questions that this module answers. Several lessons are conducted by visiting faculty who are experts in their fields. Lesson planning is an integral part of this module as are demo lessons and presentations conducted by the faculty and trainees themselves.


d. Classroom Management
A practical and hands on module that brings to life all the aspects of classroom management from classroom décor and lay out, to creating exciting display boards, to what makes a great teacher, and finally to managing each child’s unique social and psychological needs such as conflict, discipline, and the shy child, just to name a few.


e. Personal and Professional Development
To be really effective and supportive of little children, the change has to happen within you. The teacher’s genuine love and concern for the growth and welfare of the little ones in her care, as well as her ability to function as a part of a team and a true professional are talents that need to be honed. Units include Time Management, counselling skills, leadership skills, communication, active listening.

Special Modules include:

Sensitivity to Special Needs: learning disorders, integration in the inclusive classroom, EWS*, giftedness, bereavement, single parent families and other such similar situations. The objective is to help the trainees be alert to children with these needs, and to equip them with strategies to support these little ones.

 Circle Time

 Healthy Eating

 Using IT in the ECE Classroom

 Global Perspectives in Education

 Event Planning: Sports Days and other such special days

 First Aid

 Stress management

 Active Listening

 Drama, Music and Movement


* Economically Weaker Section ( Right to Education)

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 Observation



Observation of children in formal and play sessions begins early in the programme; within the second month. Planned in a phased manner, the trainees are encouraged to observe children, and later their teachers; their observations are shared, guidance is offered.

The Observation module ensures exposure to The Shri Ram School early learning classrooms as well as those of other leading schools in Delhi and Gurgaon. Trainees also visit preschools, and balwadis.

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 Intership




This forms an integral part of the training as it allows each trainee to put all his/her learning into practice. Trainees will be offered a chance to conduct planned lessons with relevant teaching aids in reputable institutes such as The Shri Ram Schools and other prestigious pre-schools in Gurgaon. The objective of this module is to allow trainees to learn to plan, execute and reflect on their lessons.

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 Project and Research Work


 


As a part of the course trainees will be required to work on some projects. This is to acquire new skills whilst honing their existing skills. Efficient use of these skills will allow them to conduct lessons more efficiently.



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