Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Women and Child Development
24-August-2012 17:00 IST
National Early Childhood Care and Education Policy
The Ministry of Women and Child Development has prepared the draft National Policy on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), draft National Curriculum Framework for Early Childhood Education (ECE) and draft Quality Standards in ECCE with a view to lay focus on a comprehensive approach towards providing a sound foundation for survival growth, protection, development and early learning under the proposed Early Childhood Care and Education. These documents were circulated to all the concerned organizations and public inviting their suggestions/comments and also hosted on Ministry’s website i.e.

The vision of the policy is to promote inclusive, equitable and contextualized opportunities for promoting optimal development and active learning capacity of all children below six years of age. It envisages improving pathways for a successful and smooth transition from care and education provided at home to centre based ECCE and thereafter to school age provision by facilitating an enabling environment through appropriate systems, processes and provisions across the country. The Policy visualizes providing holistic and integrated developmental opportunities to all children under six years age of age through programme and provisions for early childhood development.

This was stated by Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister for Women and Child Development in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today.