The first 6 to 8 years of a child’s life are globally acknowledged to be the most critical years for lifelong development, since the pace of development in these years is extremely rapid. Curriculum approaches in
early childhood stress the importance of providing young children with experiences that are developmentally appropriate, that foster holistic development and promote positive attitudes to life and learning.
This stage in life is also important as a foundation for the inculcation of social values and personal habits, which are known to last a lifetime. Thus, it is crucially important for investing in these early years to
ensure an enabling environment for every child, and thereby a sound foundation for life but which will also impact, the quality of human capital available to a country in the future.
Children who have been to an early years program tend to learn more rapidly through an organized curriculum, effective facilitation and by interacting with other children. The curriculum must be developmentally appropriate.
In this context, the role of the teacher becomes that of a facilitator. Teacher-child relationships play a significant role in influencing child’s social and emotional development.
The education that the teachers receive has a direct and indirect impact on the way they deliver it to the children. In this regard, the program helps participants to acquire the knowledge and pedagogical skills necessary,
to develop and implement child-centered curriculum practices that intrinsically motivate and stimulate children’s desires to become meaningfully engaged in their own learning.