The Ministry of Women and Child Development is launching ‘Poshan Bhi Padhai Bhi’, an ECCE (Early Childhood Care and Education) program.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development is launching “Poshan Bhi Padhai Bhi” (on 10th May 2023), an ECCE program to ensure that India has the world’s largest, universal, high-quality pre-school networks envisaged under the National Education Policy (NEP, 2020).
As per the guidelines of the NEP, with Poshan Bhi Padhai Bhi, the government has taken up the goal of strengthening the foundations of the country’s future generations.
Children’s development in every domain will be targeted – cognitive, development, physical and motor development, socio-emotional-ethical development, artistic/cultural development and the development of communication and early language, literacy and numeracy.
All the states should follow the ECCE task force recommendations for a play-based, activity-based learning pedagogy, targeted specifically at the developmental milestones of 0-3-year-olds as well as 3-6-year-olds, including special support for Divyang children.
Through the ‘Poshan Bhi Padhai Bhi’ ECCE policy, every child would be provided with two hours of high-quality preschool instruction on a daily basis.
To give a push to ECCE, anganwadi centres will be reimagined and recalibrated to focus not only on the nutritional aspect of children and mothers but also on early learning of children under 6 years, particularly those under 3 years, which has proven to be a foundation for a child’s development. It has been found that 85% of the brain development is achieved by the age of 6 years.