The BMCRI (Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute)has put forth a proposal that underscores the significance of an early childhood development strategy. BMCRI is preparing a proposal for the establishment of a ‘Centre of Excellence for Inclusive Early Childhood Development‘ at Vani Vilas.This initiative aims to enhance the overall well-being and cognitive growth of children during their formative years. The proposal seeks to emphasize the critical importance of providing a nurturing and stimulating environment for children to flourish.
According to the proposal, early childhood development plays a pivotal role in shaping a child’s future. While developmental disorders like autism, ADHD, and hearing impairment are a concern nationwide, Karnataka is leading the way by undertaking this initiative. If approved, this plan could serve as a model for other states. It highlights the need to focus on providing appropriate nutrition, healthcare, and education to children in their early years.
The proposal suggests implementing comprehensive programs that encompass physical, cognitive, emotional, and social aspects of child development. Dr. Mallesh Kariyappa, Head of the Pediatrics Department at BMCRI, explained that the ECD (Early Childhood Development) strategy in the proposal will not only focus on detecting and treating disorders but also on identifying risk factors to prevent disabilities and promoting normal development.
BMCRI advocates for the integration of innovative teaching methods, such as experiential learning and play-based approaches, in early childhood education. The proposal highlights the importance of engaging parents and caregivers in the child’s development process, encouraging their active participation and support.
Furthermore, the proposal stresses the significance of building a robust support system involving trained professionals, educators, and healthcare providers to ensure optimal development during early childhood. It also suggests the establishment of early intervention centers and the provision of skill-building opportunities for parents and caregivers.
Re-reported from the story originally published in Deccan Herald