National Curriculum Framework for Foundational Stage Launched by Education Minister
Immediately family, extended family, neighbours, and others in the close community - all of whom have a very significant impact on the child, particularly in this age cohort of 3-8 years.
NEW DELHI: The Union Minister for Education and Skill Development, Dharmendra Pradhan launched the National Curriculum Framework for Foundational Stage on Thursday. He also flagged off a pilot project to create Balvatika in 49 Kendriya Vidyalayas distributed across the country.
"Foundational, Preparatory, Middle & Secondary are the four stages of NCF for school education. Developing the foundational framework was one of the most important and challenging aspect under NEP 2020, as it has a huge bearing on shaping the future of our country. NCERT should place this NCF in the public domain, take it to SCERTs and to all stakeholders involved in early childhood care and development," said the minister.
"The National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020) is transforming education in India. It has set our education system on a path to delivering the highest quality education for all, with equity and inclusion. Amongst the most transformative aspects of NEP 2020 is the new 5+3+3+4 curricular structure which integrates Early Childhood Care and Education for all children of ages 3 to 8. Early childhood lays the foundation for life-long learning and development - it is a key determinant of the quality of overall life. This framework is expected to deliver the highest quality Foundational Education, across all types of institutions in the country," mentioned Dharmendra Pradhan.
As mentioned in the NEP 2020, National Curriculum Framework for Foundational Stage uses games for conceptual, operational, and transactional developments in the child and for all curriculum organization, pedagogy, time and content organization, and for the overall experience of the child.
Since children find it easier to learn through activities and games, this framework aims to develop the child on all fronts, including cognitive, social-emotional, and physical, and thus enable the achievement of Foundational Literacy and Numeracy for children. NCF gives importance to institutions and the home environment has been emphasized.
"Children learn best through play, hence learning envisaged by the National Curriculum Framework will provide stimulating experiences for the child's development in all dimensions – cognitive, social-emotional, physical, and will also enable the achievement of Foundational Literacy and Numeracy for all our children. This NCF will deal with the role of teachers as well as parents and communities in enabling and enhancing the developmental outcomes that are sought during this stage," the ministry added.