Early Childhood Care and Education
Early Childhood Care and Education

  • There are three theory papers and a practical examination:
    1. Understanding the Child (Course Code:439)
    2. Early Childhood Care and Education - Principles and Processes (Course Code: 440).
    3. Organizing and Managing an Early Childhood Care and Education Centre (Course Code:441).
  • The study materials for the theory papers will be sent via post.
  • There will be five days contact classes for both theory and practical examinations.
  • The model question papers of previous years will be sent via post.
  • The examinations are conducted in every April and October.
  • Kollam will be the main examination center.
  • More information regarding hall ticket and examination will be made available by Universal Education Foundation.
  • The 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.
  • The medium of instruction is English and Hindi.
  • Self-instructional printed material will be issued.
  • There will be Internal and external evaluation for certification as per details given below:
    1. Theory: 190 marks.
    2. Practical: 110 marks.
    3. The practical work will be evaluated internally.

  • Minimum Age Limit: 16 years
  • Maximum Age Limit: No Limit
  • Candidates must hold an SSLC or equivalent pass certificate.

Highlights of the Course
  • This course is conducted by the National Institute of Open School, a Central Government venture, established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) of India in 1989.
  • This course can be pursued via correspondence.
  • This course has the approval of the Ministry of IHRD.
  • Candidates can use the course certificate for embassy attestation also.
  • Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education will be awarded on qualifying in all the three subjects of the vocational package.