Coastweek-- Early Childhood Development (ECD) is
the most important and rapid period of development in a
These years are critical to the
complete and healthy cognitive, emotional, physical and
spiritual growth of child.
Early childhood is a critical stage of
development that forms the foundation for children’s
future well-being and learning.
Research has shown that half of a
person’s intelligence potential is developed by age four
and that early childhood interventions can have a
lasting effect on intellectual capacity, personality and
(Source: McCain Margaret Norrie & J.
Fraser Mustard (1999) Reversing the real brain drain:
early years’ study. p.28)
Uganda Ismaili Jamati ECD Centres
provide weekly Interventions for children from birth to
5 + years with 9 designated ECD centres all over Uganda.
Interventions are provided in the
areas of physical, social-emotional, cognitive, language
and spiritual development by ECD trained Volunteer
Teachers/ Mothers and Caregivers on weekly basis.
This programme is operated by 100%
This training programme has been
designed for the Jamat Caregivers undertaking a Child
Care certificate course in early childhood as stipulated
by the Ministry of Education and Sports caregivers
training framework by Madrasa Early Childhood
Development Training Institute, in Mengo, Kampala
The training was for six months.
The training involved both input
sessions at the Jamat and site based mentoring support
visits to be conducted at the ECD centre during
At the end of the training the
caregivers were able to:
Demonstrate knowledge and
understanding of young children’s characteristics and
needs and apply it to promote children’s social,
emotional, cognitive, language and physical development.
Exhibit knowledge of diversity of
families and children and ways of supporting and
engaging families to promote children’s learning in
Know and use observation,
documentation and other appropriate assessment records,
tools and approaches.
Exhibit positive relationships,
supportive interactions and responsive teaching when
working with all categories of children.
Apply own knowledge and appropriate
early learning development standards to: interpret,
design, implement and evaluate learning activities using
the learning framework for the 3 – 6 year olds.
Demonstrate acceptable code of conduct
for ECD professional worker.
Engage in continuous, collaborative
and reflective learning and practice.
11 volunteers from Jamati cohort
graduated on 8th November 2018 through
Madrasa Early Childhood Development Training Institute
and will continue to serve Jamati ECD centres.