Fostering young children with a joyful environment through implementing the ELDS report card

In collaboration with 7 local governments, and joint efforts from UNICEF Nepal, and Seto Gurans NCDS: सेतो गुराँस राष्ट्रिय बाल विकास सेवा, Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS) report card is being implemented at the respective 7 local governments covering 299 ECED centers and grade 1 classes of 232 schools. A total of 18078 children's (13020 ECED centers and 5058 grade 1) ELDS report card-based regular assessment was conducted. And, based on the level of performance of the children, regular remedial support was provided by the ECED center and grade 1 teachers. In addition, parents of ECED center and grade 1 children were mobilized to support their children at home, along with applying the child-friendly learning strategy in ECED centers and grade 1. This resulted in increment in the regularity of the children in ECED center and grade 1.

#Furthermore, the implementation of the ELDS report card can have several positive outcomes:

- Individualized Progress Monitoring: Teachers and parents can monitor a child's progress in specific developmental areas. These could include cognitive development, physical development, social and emotional development, language and communication, approaches to learning, social studies, science, and creative arts.

- Early Identification of Needs: The report card helps in identifying areas where a child excels and areas that may require additional attention or support. Early identification of developmental needs allows for timely interventions.

- Communication between Teachers and Parents: The report card serves as a communication tool, fostering collaboration between teachers and parents. Clear feedback helps parents understand their child's strengths and areas for improvement.

- Goal Setting and Planning: With a detailed assessment, teachers and parents can set realistic goals for the child's development.

- Support for Future Learning: The report card provides insights into a child's readiness for future learning milestones.

- Increased Parental Involvement: Parents, armed with a better understanding of their child's development, are more likely to actively participate in their child's learning journey. This involvement contributes to a positive and supportive learning environment.

- Continuous Improvement: Regular assessments and feedback cycles allow for continuous improvement in teaching methods and curriculum design. Teachers can adapt their approaches based on the feedback received from the ELDS report cards.

- Celebration of Achievements: Recognizing and celebrating a child's achievements, no matter how small, promotes a positive learning experience. It encourages a child's motivation and self-esteem.