Early Childhood Care and Development Programmes

Project Background:

KIRDARC-Nepal collaborating with Plan International Nepal, has been implementing ECCD-MNCH project at 14 ECED centres and one health post in seven VDCs of Dolpa district. The project is contributing to the realisation of children’s right to a good and healthy start in life as the requisite foundation for reaching their full potential and for enjoying their survival, development protection and participation rights in later stages in life (from middle childhood to productive adulthood)’ by 1) Reducing mortality and morbidity of children and enhancing their socio-emotional development, positive growth and development trajectory; and 2) Ensuring children enter school at the right age with enhanced social and pre academic capacities.

The project expects to achieve its objectives by increasing access to health

services for child survival, child and maternal health; improving children’s early stimulation and child development monitoring as well as parental education, parental support and social and legal protection mechanism; and increasing children access to relevant, stimulating and qualitative early learning environments.

Early childhood is the time in every person’s life that lays the foundation for growth, learning and development for the future and ninety per cent of the brain development takes place in the first five years. At this time it is extremely important for all children to get enough opportunities to gain knowledge through exploration and interaction with their family members and peers. In Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres, they are provided with opportunities to learn through stories, songs, dance and games based on child-centred learning methods according to their age and interest. In Nepal these centres play an important role in the transition to school, resulting in higher promotion rates at Grade 1 and lower dropout rates later on.

1294

Male

1872

Female

Total Beneficiaries


Male : 1,294

Female :1,872

Total : 3,166

Specific Outputs


  1. Access to relevant, stimulating and qualitative early learning environments increased
    1. ECD rooms have been separated with learning corner, individual learning folders, flooring, carpeting and learning materials
    2. teachers are able to use new technique after having training
  2. Appropriate birthing centres facilities operational
    1. Birthing centre has been constructed for safe delivery. Women will be benefitted by quality antenatal care and delivery services within their locality.
    2. Awareness among pregnant women and their family has been increased.

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