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4th National Conference of the Association of Early Childhood Education and Development (AECED)

The Early Childhood Care and Education Policy of India (2013) has given impetus to the field of early childhood in India. The projection is of an increase in provision for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) services and therefore related need for training of ECCE professionals to provide quality programs. ECCE professionals range from day care providers, caregivers within homes, anganwadi workers, helpers, teachers of preschools, administrators, supervisors and educators of teachers and caregivers. Majority of India’s most vulnerable 3 - 6 years children are catered through Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme of Government of India that provides nutrition, health as well as preschool services; together with other policies and schemes of the Government. ICDS has also undergone restructuring with a renewed emphasis on Early Childhood Education (ECE). Apart from ICDS, ECCE services are offered by voluntary sector and private sector through various models like public-private partnerships, franchising and so on. Well trained teachers are needed to provide quality ECCE programs to children. According to National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education (2009).

“Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) aims at total child development in a learning environment that is joyful, child centered, play and activity based. These requirements call for a teacher educator who has a sound educational philosophy of ECCE besides specialized content and methodology skills pertaining to these areas”.

Different kind of professional development programs exist for teachers of anganwadi centers, voluntary and private sector preschools, franchises, and so on. Anganwadi workers of ICDS go through a month’s induction training of which ECCE is catered to through 6 days. Most NGOs, voluntary and private sector ECCE centres have their own pre service training programs ranging from few days to couple of months. Though some University Departments offer ECCE teacher education programs, these are very few in number and are unable to meet the large demand of trained teachers that the field needs. Further, there is a near absence of continuous professional development programs for early childhood teachers. High quality ECCE teacher/caregiver professional programs that focus on pre-service and continuous professional development is an urgent requirement to obtain the desired quality and standards of ECCE programs on the ground. It is important to articulate policies for ECCE teacher education, teacher education curriculum, their qualifications, regulatory mechanisms, remuneration, working conditions, career pathways and so on. Professionals who are confident, adaptive and prepared with knowledge, skills and attitudes that would enable them to choose and adapt the most appropriate approach to meet local conditions, and individual needs of children within any curriculum framework are imperative to improve the overall quality of the sector and meet the demands of the 21st century evolving landscape.

Association for Early Childhood Education and Development (AECED) and Azim Premji University, Bangalore are organizing a two day conference on “Re-defining Early Childhood Development Profession in India: Challenges and Potential”. This is to bring to fore the need for re-imagination of the field, and deliberate on alternatives to current issues in all aspects of the early childhood profession - trained professional, debating and endorsing some non-negotiable such as quality teacher education, and finding strategies to meet the policy requirements regarding capacity building. This conference aims to bring together policy makers, teachers, teacher training institutes, academicians, researchers and representatives from all sectors - private, NGO and government from ECCE domains. The conference will have plenary by invited speakers, paper and poster presentations and workshops for Early Child Development professionals.

The key themes and sub-themes identified for the conference on ‘Re-defining the Early Childhood Development Profession in India: Challenges and Potential’ are:

  • Early Childhood Educator and Caregiver – Teacher attributes and dispositions, professional qualifications, competencies to work with young children, relationship between teacher, children and curriculum of pre-schoolers, reflective practitioner, career development
  • Early Childhood Teacher Education (Public and Private Sector) – Contextualizing early childhood teacher education, policies, programs and structures for professional development of teachers/caregivers i.e. pre-service and continuous professional development, content, pedagogy and assessment for teacher education programs, linkages between preschools and primary school teaching, regulations and regulatory mechanisms for teacher education institutions
  • Early Childhood Teacher Educators – Programs, practices, content, pedagogy, qualifications, and continuous professional development, regulations and regulatory mechanisms

We invite abstracts for paper presentations (oral and poster) on the above themes.

Click here to download Abstract submission form.

Email abstracts on the above themes and queries to: aeced-apu2016@apu.edu.in

  • Last Date for Abstract submission: 30th July, 2016
  • Acceptance of Abstract communication: 30th August, 2016
  • Submission of Final Paper: 30th September, 2016 (guidelines for paper submissions to be shared)

Registration:

Registration is necessary for conference participation. (Registration includes: conference proceedings, conference kit, and lunch on both days).

Click here to fill the online form and to register.

  • All AECED Members: Rs. 2000/-
  • Non-members: Rs. 2500/-
  • Non-government Organization: 50% concession based on nature of membership (i.e. If AECED members Rs. 1000/- for each participating member; If non-member, Rs. 1250/- for each participating member)
  • Students: 250/- (Interested students will need to submit a short 500 word Statement of Purpose and Curriculum Vitae - limited seats)

About AECED and Azim Premji University

AECED

Association for Early Childhood Education and Development

The Association for Early Childhood Education and Development (AECED) is a national body registered in 2008 with its registered office at Department of Human Ecology, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. It was formerly known as the Indian Association for Preschool Education (IAPE). IAPE was established in 1964 with the intention of bringing together professionals in the field of early childhood education in the interest of the young child. It was instrumental in empowering concerned adults in creating a joyful childhood for each and every child through professional development workshops and refresher courses for preschool teachers. Considering the diverse demands of the fast-paced socio-economic changes and increasing aspirations of parents and teachers in varied settings, it was imperative to extend the scope of the organization’s efforts for the young child.

Objectives:

  • To collaborate and network with all stakeholders including government departments and other organized institutions concerned with the young child.
  • To conduct research in the area of early childhood education and development and to disseminate the applications of current knowledge, theory and research to early childhood education and development personnel, programs, policy- makers and parents.
  • To evolve regulatory mechanisms for monitoring, assessment and accreditation of early childhood education and development programs in all sectors.
  • To effectively utilize new technology and media to further the objectives of the organization.
  • To use innovative and diverse programs to enhance the capacity of early childhood education and development functionaries
  • To raise funds to sustain and promote the objectives and activities of the association.
  • To participate in policy formation for early childhood education and development at state and national level

Azim Premji University

Azim Premji University is a not for profit, private, autonomous university, established under the Azim Premji University Act 2010 of the Karnataka Legislature. It has a clear social purpose of and has a mandate to create programmes of learning, research and advocacy in education, development and allied fields. Azim Premji Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, is the sponsor of Azim Premji University. The University is an integral part of the Foundation’s strategy to contribute towards a just, humane, equitable and sustainable society. It hopes to be a pioneer in a new institutional vision of higher education with high standards of quality and equitable access. The close working of the University with the Foundation’s field institutes and practice informs all learning and research programmes. The field institutions in turn gain from the interaction with a vibrant academic community that contributes rigour and focus.

The University is committed to offering outstanding programs and has identified multiple areas of focus that need research, academic and direct on-the-ground engagements. The University currently offers post-graduate degree programmes in Education, Development and Public Policy & Governance, and undergraduate program in Arts, Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Masters in Education programs offers a specialization in Early Childhood Education with an aim to prepare professionals to develop curriculum, lead ECE organizations, understand issues in the field today and come up with alternate strategies for improving the quality of ECE field. The program besides theory also exposes students to varied ECE settings through ongoing practicum and field internship experiences.

The Medak District Institute of the Azim Premji Foundation has begun work with ICDS Telangana. The Institute works intensively with 40 anganwadi centres to improve the quality of ECCE in the centres and enable them to become ‘vibrant learning centres’. It also supports the district administration in capacity building of ICDS functionaries and participates in policy making process.



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