FA in Early Childhood Education Centres

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSES2023022

Semester and Year Offered:Semester 2, Winter

Course Coordinator and Team:  SES Faculty

Email of course coordinator:

Pre-requisites: none

Course Objectives/Description:

In FA 1 students were taken out to communities for two days and later to various day care, crèches, preschools and early grades in primary school for two weeks over the semester. This helped students get an overview of the diverse range of services available for young children.

Courses organised in the second semester are around curriculum, observation and assessment, families and communities. So, the sites of field attachment are preschool/ school set up and community visits.

Course Outcomes:

  • Engage students to analyze their personal values, beliefs, and cultural biases that influence their work with teachers, families and communities.
  • Help students to understand the underlying principles and ways to work with families that are both effective and enabling.
  • Help students make linkages between various theoretical constructs of child development, play, curriculum, assessment through classroom observations and family/community engagements.
  • Understand and appreciate work of parents, teachers and other professionals in child's development
  • Enhance observational and interpersonal skills with young children in preschool and early grades settings

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

FA 2 is situated in preschool and early school grades and families/communities for a period of at least 12-14 days. Students will be attached to a preschool /school programme in a block placement and/or conduct visits in a community/work with families. Students will go to the preschool/ school mid-semester when the classes will be running on a regular basis. Some of the considerations while making arrangement for the field sites for visits will be (a) identified schools must practice developmentally appropriate curriculum (b) mutually agree upon the block of dates, (c) faculty in the school/ preschool be willing to co-operate and guide our students. Community visits will be conducted in coordination with local NGOs or students will work with families in consultation with the instructor.

The block placement is to enable students to get students a holistic experience of being in a school set up and develop a nuanced understanding of all elements of organising and running a pre-school in terms of, classroom, children, curriculum, and teachers.

Reading List:

Will be provided by the faculty for debriefing sessions.

Assessment Details with Weighs:

Students will be given field based one or two assignments related to the courses in the semester. As students would have spent considerable amount of hours in the school/community and having interacted with different actors, they will have rich experience to share. Students’ seminar will be organised wherein each student will select a theme around which s/he may present their observations/ analysis. After which a field report on the particular theme may be submitted for evaluation. Students may collect their observations around themes such as (a) assessment (b) curriculum (c) children’s games (d) children’s talk (e) transition (f) teacher’s work (g) school ethos, and (h) pedagogy (i) child care practices (j).

  1. Assignment : Reflective Journal and participation based on field experiences (50%)
  2. Assignment : Presentation(50%)