The Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc. in cooperation with the Mayor’s office of Vigan City and the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Council conducted a special training program themed “Starting Right on Early Education” last January 23-27, 2017 in Vigan City.
All of the 39 barangay daycares of Vigan catering to 0-4 year olds as represented by a total of 28 Early Childcare and Development Service Providers were represented throughout the duration of the training held at the city hall compound. The ECCD Council likewise sent their experts - Education Consultants and Curriculum Developers namely Dr. Yolanda S. Quijano, Ms. Micah Denise S. Del Mundo, and Ms. Nicole Andrea Reyes.
According to the ECCD Council, “The unprecedented focus on early learning rather than looking at the Filipino young children as object of welfare alone necessitates the development of learning models that would also address the dearth of instructional materials for the pre-kindergarten level.”
In view of the absence of standards and comprehensive curriculum guides that the early child care and development service providers could use, the ECCD Council, through its mandate, developed the National Early Learning Framework (NELF) in 2010, which anchored the development of the National Early Learning Curriculum (NELC). The latter was put together into the Learning Resource Packages for Pre-Kindergarten (0-4 years old) as an easy reference in sourcing the standards, indicators, competencies, objectives, and activities that are developmentally appropriate in terms of age, individual, and socio-cultural factors.
This multi sectorial collaboration involved practitioners and curriculum developers from the public and private sectors from the crafting to the finalization and printing stages of the NELC-LRPs. The 8 NELC-LRPs bundles tackle health, nutrition, early education, and social services:
n Learning Resource No. 1, Implementing the National Early Learning Curriculum and Learning Resource Packages. Notes for the Child Development Teachers/Workers
n Learning Resource No. 2, Standards, Competencies, Indicators, and Domains
n Learning Resource No. 3, Suggested Calendar of Activities for Parent Mentors of Infants and Toddlers
n Learning Resource No. 4, Suggested Routine Activities for Pre-K1 and Pre-K2
n Learning Resource No.5, Suggested Activities for Pre-K1: 3 - 3.11 years old
n Learning Resource No.6, Suggested Activities for Pre-K2: 4 - 4.11 years old
n Learning Resource No.7, Suggested Teaching Resource, Action Songs, Poems, Rhymes, and other Creative Activities
n Learning Resource No.8, Family Support Program
In support of this development, this project equipped each participant as they sat through three days of lectures based on the LRPs as well as on the inclusion of children with disabilities, and received feedbacks from the ECCD experts on their demos. In addition, each one also received the following from the Foundation: 1) Learning Resource Packages 1-8; 2) Training on National Early Learning Curriculum (NELC) Inclusion in Early Education and Family Support Program Modules; and 3) CD on the training.
This training of daycare workers with a unified and appropriate curriculum is indeed a great investment for our society and nation. And while childcare is no easy feat, each Filipino child surely deserves a champion. n