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Child Care: Early Childhood Development

Posted last August 4, 2011, 1:46 am in Services report article

Program at a glance: 

Project: Chidren's Development
Program: Child Care: Early Childhood Development
Start Dates: 1st and 15th of each month
Language Requirements: English (Basic Nepali is provided)
Food and Accommodation: Nepali Standard at host family in the working community
Key Activities: Organizing creative and child friendly activities, teaching, arts, musics
Beneficiaries: Children age 3 to 6, local volunteers, teachers,
Working Hours: 4 to 5 hours
Required Qualifications and Skills: Keen interest to working with children, skills to perform above mentioned activities
Program Fees: €240 - €1185 / depending on the length of stay

In Nepal,  little effort is made to nurture and develop early childhood from the government and other sector. Childhood is the foundation of children for their development. Realizing the fact, the government has put some efforts. The government has encouraged setting up early childhood development centres (ecd)in the community. Due to scattered and rural village setting, the schools are not easily accessible for small children to go to schools and most children stay at home doing nothing. They do not have any play materials at schools or at home. The Nepal government has encouraged setting early childhood development centres at schools but does not provide required facilities and teachers. The teachers are not trained at the centers. They do not have child friendly classrooms and resources.  
VIN therefore aims to equip school based early childhood development centres child friendly. We train ECD teachers to make their classes joyful and creative for children. We supply resources for the centres and encourage teachers to collect locally available resources.  
VIN has also set up a Child Development Centre (ECD) at Panchmane Community, Jitpur, Kathmandu. We have 20 children; aged between 4-6 have been benefiting from the programme. The Centre will have to be equipped with child friendly furniture and the materials for the children. This centre has been implementing in partnership with District Education Office (DEO), the government unit.  
VIN only supports 6 ECDs based on 6 schools which are in the marginalized communities. At least we need 350 US dollars for each centre to be well equipped. Any individual or organization interested to support anyway for this purpose is welcome.  
What can a volunteer do at these centers?  
  • Volunteers can assist local teachers in their roles.
  • Teach children different motor skills and kinesthetic skills.
  • Volunteers can play games and rhymes with children.
  • Volunteers can provide child care support.
  • They can create resources for the children.
  • Take the children to excursions.
  • Do a variety of other activities.
  Who can apply?
Anybody who has strong interest to support children from the most marginalized communities and enjoys working with the kids. If you have been trained in Montessori methods will be an added advantage. Volunteers without skills also can apply since VIN provides essential skills before the placement at the centres.

Program Availibility: 
Positions Available

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ECD Teacher Training
ECD Teacher Training

Children Playing
Children Playing

Children at VIN's ECD Centre
Children at VIN's ECD Centre


1 week EUR 240.00
2 weeks EUR 315.00
4 weeks EUR 465.00
6 weeks EUR 555.00
8 weeks EUR 645.00
10 weeks EUR 735.00
12 weeks EUR 825.00
14 weeks EUR 915.00

What does this cost cover?