The Early Years
Quality early year experiences are crucial for the growth and development of children. Research shows a positive impact of quality early learning experiences on school adjustments and learning levels of children in later schooling. During the early years, the child’s brain develops at its fastest pace, social and personal habits are formed quickly, and the foundation is laid for the child’s subsequent all round development in life.
We believe that every child is unique, having skills and abilities which should always be enhanced. Respecting the different pace of development of all students, we ensure the physical, mental, emotional and social growth of each.
बालवाड़ी -Early Childhood Education
A good pre-school is the stepping stone of a child’s learning, every stage of formal education that follows relies on its success. Despite its need, as declared by UNICEF, more than 175 million children, which sums up to nearly half of all pre-primary aged children around the world are not enrolled in any kind of pre-schools or kindergartens.
The picture is bleaker in low-income communities where only one in every five children is enrolled for pre-schooling. For children who have access to any kind of formal education, poorly trained educators,unstimulating and overcrowded classrooms, and/or poor curricula diminish the quality of their experiences. Failure to get early childhood quality education limits a child’s growth.
Due to the absence of a strong foundation in elementary education, young students reach in primary or secondary level school, often, with shaky confidence, academic intellect leading to a waning interest in learning. The disappointing thing about this is, in this process, children lose the formative years (age 6-12) of their life and go through schooling rather customarily, mostly without grasping concepts. It has been observed that, children enrolled for at least one year of pre-school are more likely to develop the critical skills they need to succeed in higher grades and less likely to drop out or repeat the classes.
After working with children of primary and secondary school for nearly 5 years, our team realised that there is a dire need to develop early literacy and language skills in children from an early age so that they acquire adequate skills and abilities that all children need before entering into primary schools. Formulating a plan for this problem, team LECIN set up its first Balwadi in Okhla, Delhi in April 2019. The main objective of the early childhood literacy program is to facilitate optimum development of the child’s full potential and lay the foundation for all round development and lifelong learning.
We live in a community where reading is perceived as an activity that involves textbooks and studying. The lack of reading opportunities results in a lack of understanding of what reading truly entails. Therefore, we at LECIN have set up a small community library to introduce these young minds to the pleasures of reading. The purpose of the library is not only to inculcate a habit of reading in them but also to expose them to a diverse variety of books that encourages them to look beyond their horizons.
Our library does not focus on reading alone.To make reading fun, we also conduct regular activities such as shared reading, reading aloud, painting and storytelling. We also try to make our library stand out by making it a place of fun apart from reading. Through a variety of riddles, puzzles and games, our readers find the joys of reading not limited to the books alone.These activities boost their critical thinking and communication skills as well, making reading an adventure.
The library is an ever-changing environment where we keep adding more books regularly keeping in mind the kind of genres our young readers find interesting. Horizons.
Since 2019, team LECIN has been actively carrying out ‘Healthy Mondays’, an initiative to distribute healthy snacks, juices, salads, fruits, chickpeas among our community children to promote healthy eating habits and spread awareness about the importance of nutritious diet in our body.
After the covid pandemic lockdown, the pace of this initiative declined. Now, with conditions getting better, we have re-started our program among children in the age group of 3-6 years, mainly preschoolers, with the same intention to create healthy eating habits and promote nutritious diet crucial for small children, who, otherwise, don’t take essential food items like fruits.
We plan to distribute seasonal fruits and gradually compliment it with a pack of milk. The children will be given 2 worksheets to complete within a week, with information about their regular diet and wellbeing. This shall improve the interaction of our team with the children and their parents. We will conduct weekly meetings with parents, preferably mothers to keep a check on the general activities, academics and health improvements of their kids.
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