National Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Curriculum Framework

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Key Information

The purpose of this framework is to promote quality and excellence in early childhood education by providing guidelines for practices that would promote optimum learning and development of all young children and set out the broad arrangement of approaches and experiences rather than detailed defining of the content. This Framework is firmly focused on the needs of the child and should lead to improved child care and developmentally appropriate environment for children, leading to a positive impact on quality of learning and increased attainment of learning outcomes for children participating in ECCE programmes. Furthermore, this framework focuses on providing guidelines for child care and early educational practices. ECCE interventions promote gender equity by compensating for gender biases in nutrition, health care or stimulation that may occur in the home. A gender sensitive curriculum needs to ensure that gender stereotypes are broken. Since March 2020 anganwadi centres (rural child care centres) have been closed due to COVID-19. During this time anganwadi workers have reached out to parents, using social media platforms, made home visits and while distributing supplementary nutrition and shared resources like monthly calendar of activities, video of songs, stories ad rhymes for parents to ensure continuity of learning through play.

Lead Implementing Government(s)



South Asia


Government Affiliation



2013 -

Ministry Affiliation

Ministry of Women and Child Development


Not applicable or unknown

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Early childhood development

Other skills

  • Rights/empowerment education
  • Social and emotional learning

Cross-cutting areas

  • COVID-19 Response
  • Gender equality
  • Nutrition
  • Other cultural practices
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs
  • WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys out of school, Girls out of school, Youth


0 - 6

School Enrolment Status

Population of interest is not school-aged

School Level

  • Pre-school

Other populations reached

  • Fathers
  • Mothers
  • Other caregivers
  • Teachers - female
  • Teachers - male

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • General awareness-raising/community engagement


  • Gender-sensitive curricula


  • Other nutritional supplementation

Health and childcare services

  • Maternal and child health services

Life skills education

  • Gender, rights and power


  • In-service teacher training – gender-responsive pedagogy

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved social and emotional learning/skills and mindsets
  • Increased enrolment in primary school
  • Increased years of schooling

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Improved health - other
  • Improved maternal, newborn, and/or child health (MNCH)
  • Improved mental health
  • Improved nutrition
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms