Hosted by Saint Teresita’s Academy of Aritao, an in-depth training on “The Utilization of the National Early Learning Curriculum (NELC)” was conducted under the expertise of ECCD’s program development officers Ms. Nicole Andrea Reyes and Ms. Ma. Katrina Libron. In addition, ECCD’s Education Consultant Yolanda Quijano, Ed.D. gave a special focus and open discussion on the mandate of inclusion, pertaining to the equal and adaptive treatment of care and early development to diverse learners or children with disabilities. The training project was coordinated with the aid of the municipal social welfare and development officer (MSWDO) of Aritao, Mrs. Marilyn Pascual.
Prior to this, TYKFI sponsored the attendance of day care workers, kindergarten teachers, and school principals of different municipalities in Nueva Vizcaya to attend two major conferences organized by the ECCD and held in Baguio City. Here, participants learned of the experiences of ECCD in different parts of the country, as well as best practices from a set of multi-sectoral experts. In a follow-up effort, this training in Aritao focused on the proper and practical usage of the National Early Learning Curriculum’s Learning Resource Package (LRP). The LRP is a set of eight modules delivering a comprehensive reference guide on developmental standards, competencies, and objectives, multi-faceted indicators, assessment strategies, activities, and family support program that are developmentally appropriate in terms of age, the individual, and the socio-cultural background. Participants were given lectures, dialogues, and demonstrations that expounded on standards and best practices with the aim of professionalizing the efforts of the municipal day care workers.
A total of 43 attended the training including day care workers, kindergarten teachers, the school head and administrators of Saint Teresita’s Academy. They belong to different barangays in Aritao, Sta. Fe, and Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya.
The following are a few comments from the participants, as well as a prayer said for the children:
Merie Liza Floresca, Day Care Worker, Brgy. Bone South, Aritao, N.V
“It is a big help to us because ang mga tulad namin na child development workers na baguhan, ay nagkakaroon ng dagdag na kaalaman sa development at routines ng mga bata na tinuturuan namin. Nalaman din namin ang aming strengths and weaknesses sa aming pagtuturo.”
Desenia L. Saludo, Day Care Worker, Brgy. Beti, Aritao, N.V.
“Your project helped me in such a way that my knowledge regarding early childhood care and development widened and opened up my mind not to limit my teaching to normal children but also to children with special needs because they have the rights too - to learn [through] their own capabilities with [the help of] my guidance. I appreciate the techniques that make the teaching easy and enjoyable.”
Preciousa L. Javillonar, Day Care Worker, Brgy. Yaway, Aritao, N.V.
“My most significant learnings from this training are about the philosophies in early childhood education, the strategies for teaching young children, and [their] brain development. This project helped me a lot and gave a lot of insight to us.”
Kristine Mari C. Valdez, Kindergarten Teacher, Tan Yan Kee Elementary School, Brgy. Balete, Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya
“In this training, I can say that I learned a lot - from classroom management to strategies and techniques which I can use in my teachings. I also learned that to make learning possible in every child, we must [not only] consider the age [but] most of all their individual differences. I must formulate activities based not only on their age but their attributes and capabilities. This training is a great help for me because before it’s really hard for me to accomplish their ECCD checklist, at least now I learned [how to do it] by observation.”