1. Philosophy The early years (0-5) are crucial for the development of an individual and any support given at this stage helps to promote development. This period requires people who are knowledgeable, such as specialist care givers and teachers. Such people should be equipped for the task, hence the need to train them in ECCE to be able to handle these children effectively. Caregivers and teacher of young children therefore, should possess such qualities as enthusiasm, kindness, gentleness and tolerance. In addition they should possess academic and professional qualifications, Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE).
2. Aim By the end of NCE programme in Early Childhood Care and Education students should be able to identify and discuss the nutritional, social, emotional, cognitive, physical and health needs of the child. More importantly they should be able to display and apply the knowledge and competencies acquired in appropriate situations.
3. Objectives Specifically the care-givers/teacher should be able to: ï‚· Assist the child to develop good eating habits. ï‚· Assist the child to develop good social habits. ï‚· Facilitate emotional stability in the child. ï‚· Assist the child to develop communication, reasoning and expressive skills. ï‚· assist the child to develop fine and gross motor skills, ï‚· Assist the child to develop good health habits with emphasis on sanitation and safety needs. ï‚· Assist the child to develop inquisitiveness and to explore his/her environment. ï‚· Utilize resources and improvise materials to stimulate the child through play. ï‚· Keep records of the childâ€™s developmental progress in terms of major mile stones. ï‚· identify children with special needs for referrals ï‚· Discuss the needs, progress and development of the child with parents and caregivers. ï‚· assist the child to acquire desirable attributes e.g. good morals, norms and values ï‚· participate actively in professional associations/organizations relevant to Early Childhood Care and Education ï‚· Manifest desirable administrative competence in Early Childhood Care and Education.