The 2nd Early Childhood Education Colloquium held  at India Habitat centre, New Delhi on 16th December 2017. It was organized by  Early Childhood Association (ECA) to focus on key issues concerning young children.

The Colloquium focused on key issues like safety of young children, addiction to screens and how to reduce stress of learning in the early years to nurture life skills in children so that they grow up as resilient youth who can contribute positively to the development of their families and country.

"It is important to rely on teaching & parenting 'instinct' rather than copying what other parents and schools are doing. Aspirational value is driving the society rather than sound judgment of what is good or bad for our own kids. As a result there is lot of stress from early childhood onwards affecting the resilience of young generation. There is an urgent need to address such issues by engaging with early childhood educators, parents and policymakers, and that is what we aim to achieve by organising such events " said Dr. Swati Popat Vats, President of ECA

Dr Vats spoke on the important topic of Nurturing Resilient Children and Youth & how the 3 S -safety, stress, and screen addiction impacts resilience.

Dr Swaroop Sampat Rawal (Actor and former Miss India), Member-Central Advisory Board of Education & VP, ECA spoke about Effective Communication skills in early childhood education

A Panel Discussion on 'Whether the children are more safe at Home or School' was also organised at the conference with ideas, experiences and suggestions from experts, educators and parents on the issue.

The outcome of the conference was- 1. Principals and teachers agreed that safety should become a part of teacher training programs. 2. There is a strong need to define curriculum parameters for nursery schools. ECA will formulate one for member schools to follow.  3. More parent education initiatives will be taken by schools. 4. Schools realised that just putting cctv cameras is not going to ensure safety and that teachers and parents will be educated about monitoring and risk assessment , 5. Steps of teaching reading and writing to be understood by schools and parents to reduce stress on children

The other Key speakers at the Colloquium were, Mr Subir Shukla, Quality Advisor, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, Ministry of Human Res Development, Ms Susanna Goho-Quek, Artist and author of Children's picture books, Ms Sonal Ahuja, Founder, House of Learning & Director, Shri Ram Foundation Pre School, Ms Bina kapoor, ELT Consultant-NCERT & Author-CBSE ICSE, Children fiction & trainer,  Ms Anuradha Govind, Principal, JM International School & Jt. Secretary- Delhi State PSACWA, Ms Nisha Jain Grover, Founder and Director, Vatsalya Legacy Pvt. Ltd.

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