National Curriculum Framework for Foundational Stage and the pilot project of Balvatika 49 Kendriya Vidyalayas were launched by Union Education Minister across the country on 20th Oct 2022 at New Delhi.
what is National Curriculum Framework for Early Childhood Care and Education ?
The National Curriculum Framework for Early Childhood Care and Education (NCFECCE) is a policy document that outlines the principles and guidelines for the development of early childhood care and education in India. The NCFECCE was developed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development and aims to provide a holistic approach to the education and care of children from birth to eight years of age.
The NCFECCE emphasizes the importance of play-based learning and the role of caregivers in supporting the overall development of young children. It also focuses on the importance of promoting a child’s physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development and on the need for an inclusive and equitable approach to early childhood care and education.
The NCFECCE includes guidelines on curriculum development, teacher education, and the physical environment of early childhood care and education settings. It also includes recommendations on the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders, including parents, caregivers, and the government, in supporting the development of young children.
what is National Curriculum Frameworks (NCFs)
The National Curriculum Framework for Early Childhood Care and Education (NCFECCE), called Foundational Stage is one of the four National Curriculum Frameworks (NCFs).
It is the first ever integrated Curriculum Framework for children between ages 3-8 in India. It is a direct outcome of the 5+3+3+4 ‘curricular and pedagogical’ structure that NEP 2020 has recommended for School Education.
The NCF for Foundational Stage (NCFFS) has been developed by NCERT through an extensive consultative process with States & UTs upto grass root level and various institutions and organisations.
The National Curriculum Framework for Foundational Stage and the pilot project of Balvatika 49 Kendriya Vidyalayas were launched by Union Education Minister across the country on 20th Oct 2022 at New Delhi.
what is Balvatika 49 Kendriya Vidyalayas ?
“Balvatika” is a term that is often used in the context of early childhood education in India. It typically refers to a play area or a playground for young children. It is not clear what is meant by “Balvatika 49 Kendriya Vidyalayas.” It is possible that this refers to a network of 49 Kendriya Vidyalayas (central schools) in India that have designated play areas or playgrounds for young children, known as “Balvatikas.”
Kendriya Vidyalayas are a system of central government schools in India that are administered by the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Education. These schools follow a common curriculum and offer education from primary to higher secondary levels. They are known for providing quality education and are often located in remote and underserved areas. It is not uncommon for Kendriya Vidyalayas to have designated play areas or playgrounds for young children, which may be referred to as “Balvatikas.”