Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on him/her. Understanding the need to produce such champions, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Kochi Kendra started Bhavan’s Nursery Teachers Training College in the year 1986 in its premises. The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) aims at the holistic development of a child's social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs in order to build a solid and broad foundation for lifelong learning and well-being. Principles and Organization of ECCE, Methods and Strategies of ECCE, Child Development, Food and Nutrition, Inclusive Education, Cultural Heritage, Value Education and Communicative English are the different subjects of study.
The curriculum also includes the design of outdoor and indoor environment of a preschool, different pedagogical approaches for curriculum transaction, theories of child development and suitable methods to handle differently abled children, interactive teaching and use of indigenous materials to enhance learning opportunities. Activities that enhance holistic development of children are promoted. The college also has a very good collection of books on Child Psychology, Gita chanting, Gurusthuthy, Meditation and breathing exercises are included in the assembly to focus on spiritual and mental growth. Learning by doing is highlighted. Students are given chances to observe and learn the behaviour of children of 3 to 6 years for 3 months to prepare case studies. Visits to institutions of differently abled are arranged to know more about their world. Field trips are arranged to learn the routine activities of other city schools. Teaching practice is given in Bhavan's Bala Mandirs. Talent time is conducted to spot the hidden talents of students. To develop self confidence in public speaking, students are given chance to speak on a topic in the assembly. Important days like Gurupurnima, Environment Day, Yoga Day, Teachers' Day etc are observed and Onam, Navarathri, Christmas etc are celebrated.
Training is also given on maintaining good relationship with children, colleagues, parents and the community in which they live. The duration of this course is 10 months, June to March. Meritorious trainees get placement in Bhavan’s Bala Mandirs and other reputed city schools. The focus is mainly to bring out a patient, loving, resourceful and innovative teacher who can nurture the kids with love and care. Thus the concentration is on carving out the "whole" teacher to serve in our Preschools. A book titled “Foundational Learning – an insightful journey” was brought out in 2022 by Smt. Umadevi K P with Smt. Joly Elizabeth & Smt. Meena K as co-authors and Smt. Saroja Muralikrishnan as editor.
Last updated on:14, June, 2022