PUNE: NGO Early Childhood Association (ECA) started skill development training for the support staff of preschool (maids, nannies, security personnel) in Pune. More than 500 support staff from across the State participated in this training.
Preschool teachers, support staff and parents make an ecosystem for proper nurturing and upbringing of young toddlers. The support staff also play a vital role in raising these children. ECA has tried to touch that basic concern of upbringing which is often neglected, by providing a special training session for the care givers.
Swati Popat Vats, President, ECA said this special training took place in Pune with the help of Aditya Tapadia, ECA’s territory head, Pune region at Symbiosis Vishwabhavan. “More than 500 support staff across the state participated in this training festival. After looking at the overwhelming response we further plan to implement this training across the country. The training will soon commence in Bengaluru and Mumbai,” she said.
Vats said, “Training of these preschool teachers and support staff is a must as they and parents are equally responsible for development of children at the crucial age of 0 to 6 years. Whereas the training of teachers and support staffers never took recognition. To fill this gap, ECA was kick-started in 2011 with the perspective to train the preschool teachers.”
Swati Popat Vats participated in the workshop and enlightened the participants. She emphasised on health and hygiene of the support staff along with key points like behaviour with toddlers, how to feed them, usage and importance of hand gloves.
She said, “The age group from 0-6 is the one which helps in shaping the mindset of children. Parents and teachers must ensure that they are brought up in the best possible manner.”
Since 2011, this non-profit organisation used to train the preschool teachers and from last one year, it was training parents too. Also, ECA and First Mom’s Club jointly organise ‘Parents Café’, free workshops for the parents. The workshop is conducted once every two months for the interested parents. Till now, six such workshops have been successfully run by ECA.
ECA helps train sevikas of anganwadis adopted by three NGOs namely Life Trust, CHIP and Save the Children India. It is mostly conducted in Telangana and Maharashtra and has tried to train more than 5,000 care givers till now.