Certificate Course in Early Childhood Care
& Education (ECCE)
The National Open School (NIOS) was established in November, 1989 as an
autonomous organisation in pursuance of National Policy on Education, 1986, by the
Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Open Schooling was
originally experimented upon since 1979 as a project of the CBSE and was later
amalgamated with the NOS. In October,
1990 through a resolution of the Government of India, the NOS was vested
with the authority to examine and certify students registered with it, upto pre-degree
level courses. NOS was renamed as National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) in the
To provide opportunities for continuing and developmental education to
interested learners, through general education; life enrichment and
vocational courses upto pre-degree level.
To provide consultancy services and to engage in model building in close
collaboration with states and a variety of other agencies or institutions.
To serve as an agency for effective dissemination of Information related
to distance education and open learning.
To identify and promote standards of learning in distance education system
and open schooling through research and evaluation. To maintain standards
of equivalence with the formal system, while keeping its own distinct
Need for an ECCE Course
The need for an Early Childhood Care and Education Course (ECCE) was recognized
by the National Policy on Education (1986 and revised 1992). It is realised that Early
Childhood Care and Education is a strong base for primary education. It form
important input in the strategies of human resource development, as a feeder and
support programme for primary education. It is an enrichment course for both working
and non-working women. Further, in the context of 'Education for All', expansion of early childhood care and
education activities to include family and communities, especially for the poor and
the disadvantaged children in remote and rural areas, is immensely implied.
Therefore, this programme aims at training rural youth, girls, mothers, SC/
ST with special focus on women to enable them to be involved in pre-schools,
balwadis, creches and day care centers, in their own village/town or in the
neighboring localities. It will thus help in achieving the national goal of 'Education
for All' by orienting needed personnel for ECCE.
Pre-school education and early childhood care is mostly offered in the unorganized
sectors. Most of these institutions in the country are run by individuals, private
bodies and NGOs. By and large, teachers and tutors are found to be under-qualified
and untrained. Therefore, there is pressing need to provide opportunities to
these personnel with adequate vocational training. As they are unable to join
regular institutions, it is necessary to provide required orientation and training
through open and distance learning system. Hence this course is designed
and offered by the National Institute of Open Schooling as a Certificate Course
in ECCE as a vocational education
programme at + 2 level through open and distance learning.
To develop understanding of foundations of pre-school education.
To develop understanding of growth and development in early childhood
To develop skills to manage an Early Childhood Care and Education
To provide guidance/knowledge for working effectively with parents and
community for education of pre-school children.
The course in ECCE consists of
Vocational Package comprising of following three subjects:
Understanding the Child (Course Code:439)
Early Childhood Care and Education - Principles and
Processes (Course Code:440).
Organizing and Managing an Early Childhood Care and
Education Centre (Course Code:441).
Any person who has successfully completed Secondary School Examination (Class X)
conducted by CBSE, NIOS or any State Board of Secondary Education is eligible to
enroll for ECCE Course.
Duration of the course is one year. However, a candidate may complete the course within
five years of registration as per rules of NIOS in force from time to time.
Medium of Instruction
The medium of instruction is English, Hindi and Urdu.
- Self-instructional printed material.
- Audio and Video CDs.
- Face to face counselling at Accredited Vocational Institutions
- Practical work at AVIs (Study
- On the job training wherever applicable/required.
Scheme of Evaluation
There will be Internal and External evaluation for certification as per details
Theory - 190 marks
Practical - 110 marks
The practical work will be evaluated internally.
Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education will be awarded on qualifying in
all the three subjects of the vocational package.
Fee will be charged only once. Course fee of Rs. 3000/ - in all, for the three subjects of
vocational package will be charged from all categories of candidates.
Admission is done twice a year as per dates notified by the NIOS. Application form and
prospectus can be procured from either the NIOS or its Accredited Vocational
Institutions (Study centers).
Modalities for Offering the Course
AVIs (study centers) would enroll the candidates, administer the course and get
the students examined by the NIOS for certification.
Course / Subject
or equal to the number of seats permitted by
Childhood Care & Education Principles & Processes
& Managing an Early Childhood Care & Education