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VIN’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) Education Centers are set up in rural communities for children of 3 to 5 years of age. Our ECD centers provide learning & development opportunities for the children from the most marganilized / disadvanatged communities in Nepal, otherwise they would have no education. The children's centers operate with a friendly learning environment. You as a child care volunteer in early childhood development education center, will offer your love & care to the children and help develop physical, mental, emotional in the children.

As an ECD child care volunteer, your role at the early childhood development centers will be to play games, rhymes, songs with the children, create activities that encourage the development of the children's motor, social, and kinesthetic skills, assist teachers, educate the teachers on various issues such as basic health & hygiene and maybe even independently teach the children, giving the local teachers a chance to observe the way you interact with the kids and possibly help the teachers learn from your teaching methods. Being a early child care volunteer at an ECD is a hands-on and challenging experience that is sure to be rewarding. 

“After joining  VIN, I had the opportunity to participate in different types of training related to Early Childhood Education. I learned how to develop and use local materials.More importantly, I learned to teach early childhood aged children to know their feelings. Thank you VIN for such a rewarding opportunity”

Sarita Aryal, ECD teacher at Pachmane ECD Center run by VIN

Program: Chidren's Development
Project: 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, parents, overseas volunteers
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

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“Learning starts from right at birth. Child care at the early childhood development (ECD) program fosters a congenial learning environment for children of 3 to 5 years of age to develop motor, mental, social and emotional skills.”

In Nepal, little effort is made by the government and various other sectors, to nurture and promote the overall intellectual and physical wellbeing of the young. A healthy childhood is the vital foundation of a functional future working force.

Although the government of Nepal has, upon several occasions, encouraged early childhood development centers (ECD) to set up in communities, due to the scattered nature of rural villages, institutions such as local schools, become near to inaccessible for the local people. As a result, most children spend their early years at home, without any play material, acquiring no communicative or social skill. What we hear is “encouragement” from a seemingly confident government, but what we see is a lack of required facility to put that encouragement for ideals into effect. While some regions in Nepal may appear to uphold efficient early childhood development centres, when digging beyond that exterior, one can be sure to find unqualified teachers, in classrooms that are far from child friendly and resourceful.        

VIN therefore aims to equip school based early childhood development centres and for the first time in Nepal, provide an efficient means of education for the young children. 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 as well. We have also developed our own curriculum in partnership with partners in Sustaibale Learning, US.

VIN first initiated a community based  Early Childhood Development Centre (ECD) at Panchmane Community, Jitpur, Kathmandu. We have, on average, 16 to 20 children each year; between 4 to 6 years of age, benefiting from this program. We were able to construct a 3 room building in partnership with the local community for these kids and equipped it with child friendly furniture and materials. This centre has been implemented in partnership with the District Education Office (DEO), a government unit.   

VIN now supports over 40 early childhood education centers based in schools and communities. These centers have purposefully been set up in the  impoverished / disadvantaged communities, which have often been shadowed during times of development effort. For these centers to function and become well equipped, VIN needs a fund of at least $700 for each of them. Any individual or organization that is interested, may support us in anyway, whether it be through donations or the simple, yet valuable offer of a helping hand. As we move forward to instill more early childhood development programs in areas such as hilly or terai rural communities , we hope that you will decide, in some form or another, to be a part of this empowering movement that we call change.

“After VIN’s orientation to the ECD parents, now our ECD kids are being neat & clean and most of the children are taking lunch from their own homes”

Gopal Gajurel, Principal teacher of Kalikasaran Lower  Secondary School

 What can a volunteer do at these centers?  

  • Assist local teachers in their daily roles.
  • Teach children different motor and kinesthetic skills.
  • Play games and rhymes with children.
  • Provide child care support.
  • Create resources for the children.
  • Take children on excursions.
  • Do a variety of other activities.

  Who can apply? Apply now, Click here

Anybody who has a strong interest in supporting children from the most marginalized communities and who enjoys working with young children. If you have been trained in Montessori or early childhood education methods, it will be an added advantage. Volunteers who may not feel very confident in these areas of expertise should still apply as VIN provides an orientation for the learning of these various skills before placement at the centers.

More about ECD Program

Aspects of Children’s Rights Addressed:    Right to Education, Right to Development & Right to Participation

Problems Addressed   

  • Teachers not being able to adopt child friendly teaching/learning approaches in ECD classrooms, which can negatively impact the overall development of children in their early years.
  • Related parties (parents and school management) are not always aware of early childhood development education needs and practices, hence are unable to satisfy them.
Objective by 2015  
  • Improved access for all children (3-5 yrs) to the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Program in VIN's working communities.
  • Improved results of ECD children in school by overall development of motor-neuron, mental, emotional and social skills.

Expected Result   

  • Increased knowledge and behavior change of parents of children aged 3-5 on ECD and hygiene.
  • All children from VIN's working catchments of 3 to 5 years of age attend ECD programs.
  • Strengthened management capacity of Management Committee of ECDs, demonstrating an increased accountability mechanism towards ECD stakeholders.
  • Increased knowledge and practical experience of ECD teachers on Child Friendly Teaching & Learning Approaches.
  • ECD Curriculum and guidelines for ECD teachers developed and implemented.

Major Activities:

  • Raising awareness of parents of 3-5 year-olds on developmental needs of children in their early years and practices to address, achieved through orientation briefings and mass awareness raising campaigns.
  • Supporting school/community based ECDs to strengthen their management and resource-oriented skills for autonomous functioning by 2012.
  • Training of ECD teachers on ECD teaching (basic to advanced level) and development of local materials.
  • Training of ECD Management Committees on how to manage ECD centers effectively.
  • Designing a standard format of guidelines and ECD activities applicable to all VIN facilited ECDs and ensuring its implementation as well as monitoring its progress,

Significant Achievements to Date:

  • In 2008, VIN established a community-based ECD Center at Pachmane with the help of the Community and District Education Office.
  • From 2009, VIN started to work with school-based ECD Centers. Four Schools were supported with matching funds (1:2 ratio) to establish ECD Centers with child-friendly seating arrangements and educational and play materials. The ECD teachers were trained on ECD teaching/learning approaches in the same year by local staff and international volunteers.
  • Matching funds support to establish ECD Centers was extended to eleven more public schools and ommunities in 2013. Similarly, the community-based ECD center received support to construct its own building and make their classes more child-friendly. The VIN established ECD center has now 3 child friendly rooms.
  • The school-based ECD centers were further strengthened with the supply of more educational and play materials.
  • VIN set up 11 more Early childhood education centers in Taluwa Okhaldhunga - developed curriculum, trained teachers and ewuipped the centers.
  • Assessed the possibilities to set up 18 more centers in Thulachhap & Bhadaure VDCs of Okhaldhunga in 2013.
  • Many overseas volunteers participated in this program and helped local teachers and participant children learn creative activities.

Focus for 2014 and 2016

  • Efforts will be made to form a separate management committee for school-based ECD Centers and give them basic management tools and techniques for effective functioning and sustainability.
  • Far-reaching outreach campaigns will be brought into operation to identify and counsel parents of current and potential ECD Center students on the needs of children in their early years, importance of ECD education and hygiene.
  • The current ECD curriculum will be revised and made upto date in participation of ECD teachers & stakeholders, and its effective implementation will be enforced with regular monitoring and periodic meetings with teachers.
  • Capacity of ECD teachers will be developed through training, interaction programs and workshops on ECD teaching, development of local materials, effective implementation of ECD guidelines and designed activities.

Challenges and Concerns:

A major challenge of this project is making the ECD management committee and the teachers more accountable of the children. The effective implementation of ECD guidelines and activities and also the training given to ECD teachers might be especially challenging. This can be overcome with regular monitoring and by motivating the beneficiaries involved, which is a responsibility that largely falls on the part of VIN.

If you want to contribute your time and skill by volunteering with children of Nepal in their early years, you can join our volunteer abroad in Nepal program of this project i.e. Child Care: Early Childhood Development and facilitate their overall development of motor, mental, social and emotional skills.

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1 week EUR 280.00
2 weeks EUR 355.00
4 weeks EUR 505.00
6 weeks EUR 625.00
8 weeks EUR 745.00
10 weeks EUR 865.00
12 weeks EUR 985.00

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