Early Childhood Care and Education

The Chalkboard-NLE Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education

proposes to bring about this paradigm shift and hold hands with you to realize your vision of excellence and become a teacher ready to teach the future with our unique Early Childhood Care and Education Diploma.

Eligibility: Applicants should have completed a 10 +2 or its equivalent in any stream from a recognized board

Duration: 1 year

Delivery Mode:

  • Face-to-Face Instruction: 10 months (3 hours, twice a week) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3pm to 6pm
  • Internship: A total of 160 hours of hands-on, classroom practice spread over 2 months

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Program Director

Dr Natasha Mehta is Director at Chalkboard School Solutions and has a rich and diverse experience in education. Formerly the Head of Curriculum at Lawrence School Sanawar, Dr Mehta has authored over 52 books on education, and headed several ICSE and IGCSE schools in Mumbai. She holds Masters degrees both in Zoology and English, as well as a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. She has also served as a member of Mumbai University’s Quality Assurance Cell, Department of Education.Deeply committed to quality Teacher Training and progressive teaching-learning practices; Dr Mehta has brought her huge experience as a school leader, teacher educator and mentor to bear in designing this unique ECCED programme.

Ms. Anandi Gosrani has been in the field of pre- primary education for the past 11 years. After working for many years as a pre-school teacher, she then headed the pre-primary section as Vice-Principal of a reputed K-12 ICSE school. Anandi has developed content for pre-schools and also trained teachers across various schools and cities in effective early-childhood best-teaching practices. She is also a paper setter and examiner for Children’s Literature with the University of Mumbai.
Anandi is a life-long learner and constantly updates herself with the latest innovations in the field of early childhood. A student of Human Development, she is also trained in Educational Administration and Management from TESOL, is a certified Jolly Phonics teacher and a Drama in Education facilitator.

Ms. Mansi Dadia holds a double post-graduate degree, in Psychology as well as Psychotherapy and Counselling. She has studied Human Development at the graduate level. Mansi has been a Pre-Primary Coordinator and Center Head for renowned pre-schools in Mumbai. She also has experience of developing content both for Pre-schools and the ECCED program. Mansi believes that teacher education is the most important way to improve student learning.


Value-Added Modules

The course also offers teacher trainees a range of value-added, specialized modules, delivered by expert faculty, at no extra cost. These modules would help the teacher to develop a range of specialized skill sets that would be a great asset to any pre-school programme and would greatly enhance employability and job readiness.

These include:

  • Art in Early Years Education
  • Puppetry
  • Phonics
  • Music and Movement
  • Teaching through Drama & Story Telling
  • Technology in pre -primary education
  • Behaviour Management in the 21st Century Classroom
  • Inclusive Education

Job-ready Training in:

  • CV Building & Interview Preparation
  • Communication & Presentation skills
  • Curriculum Development



Teacher Trainees will study 5 Course Modules

Principles of Early Childhood Education

“Principles of ECCED” aims to introduce the concept of early childhood care and education for children from birth to six years. The course focuses on the importance of early childhood years and the significance of early childhood education. It provides an overview of the historical development of early childhood education in India and across the globe as well as the contributions of notable philosophers. The course also develops awareness on recent developments, such as policies and the role of different organizations in the field of early childhood care and education.


Theories of Learning

Learning theories are conceptual frameworks describing how information is absorbed, processed, and retained during learning. Learning style theories propose that individuals learn in different ways, that there are distinct learning styles and that knowledge of a learner’s preferred learning style will lead to faster and more satisfactory learning. Thus, this course brings about awareness of these radically different theories and also makes them relevant to the classroom by addressing their application in different aspects of classroom learning.


Child Development

Child development refers to the biological, psychological and emotional changes that occur in human beings between birth and the end of adolescence. Because these developmental changes may be strongly influenced by genetic factors and events during prenatal life, genetics and prenatal development are usually included as part of the study of child development. This course enhances your understanding of the social, cognitive, emotional, and educational development of children. It introduces the latest researches in this field that have resulted in new theories and strategies, with specific regard to practice that promotes child development within the school system.


Methods and Materials (Special Focus: Pedagogy for International Schools)

Kindergarten is the first time most children are exposed to a classroom environment that is not only about playing but also being attentive to the teacher and completing tasks. Teachers in kindergarten classrooms use several teaching methods to ensure that each student is learning what she needs to know. This course will give a deeper understanding of teaching methods that are designed to help not only those students who excel but also those students who are lagging behind. The course incorporates a wide range of instructional strategies.


School Management

School Administration is a process in an educational setting that deals with the planning, organizing, directing, and organisation of resources. This course will include administration of personnel, managing school finances, event management, curriculum administration and building relationships with the school community.

The Course components will also include Field Visits, Seminars, Conferences, Volunteer Work, Case Studies, and Social Work with various NGOs.

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