Field-based Internship

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSVS1EC4077

Semester and Year Offered: Semester-3, Monsoon 2018

Course Coordinator and Team: Fariha Siddiqui and Dr Sunita Singh

Email of course coordinator:

Pre-requisites: The course focuses on the job role of supervisor (Level-6) in an early childhood centre. The course is meant to be offered to those who have specific knowledge and skills related to Day care facilitator (Level-5) offered in 1st year respectively


The specific objectives of internship relate to understanding the roles and responsibilities of the supervisor. While students will be at the site every week, the specific objectives of this field-based internship correspond with the courses taught during the semester. These are as follows:

  • Understand the role of the supervisor at the centre and support in day-to-day activities at the centre.
  • Prepare and maintain environments to meet children’s needs at the centre.
  • Make linkages between understandings of child development and learning; and developmentally and contextually appropriate activities for the children in the early years.

Course Outcomes:

After completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Plan and conduct activities related to early language, literacy, numeracy and creative thinking abilities of the children
  • Build skills of conversing with children on diverse issues
  • Develop the techniques of observing and assessing children
  • Manage various records at the centre
  • Develop awareness about aspects of good functioning and management of a daycare centre

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

The field-based Internship in year 2 have been conceptualized to enable students to engage with the field and connect with the learning from the courses. Students who have completed one year in the programme have taken courses and experienced the workings of a wide range of day care centres/crèches that will enable them to work as facilitators at the centre. The focus of the Internship this year is to develop skills to become supervisors at the centre—for planning, managing and conducing activities and routines at the centre and also for providing guidance to the facilitators. The aim is to build nuanced understandings among students regarding planning and supervision of diverse developmentally and contextually appropriate activities that could be conducted with young children in a day care centre. The internship will enable students to undertake more responsibilities and contribute towards day to day running and overall functioning of the centre. They will also be encouraged to reflect on the challenges faced in implementing responsive practices and think of ways of working collaboratively with the centre staff. The will enable the preparation of students as better professionals (supervisors) in the area.




Readings (Supplementary)


Throughout  the internship

Planning and implementing

  • Plan and conduct activities related to early language, literacy, numeracy and creative thinking abilities of the children during infancy and early childhood years at the centre.
  • Create learning environments for promoting language, literacy and numeracy
  • Prepare  indicators for a critical evaluation of the programme

Jackson, S. (2004). People under three: Young children in day care. Routledge.


Anandlakshmy, S. (1998). The cultural context. In M, Swaminathan (Ed.). The first five years: A critical perspective on early childhood care and education in India. (pp. 272-284).New Delhi: Sage.


UNICEF. (2001). Early childhood development: The key to a full and productive life, p. 1-11.

Retrieved from: 


Meggitt, C. (2012). Understanding Child Development. Teach Yourself. UK: Hachette.


Chadha, R. &

Mathur, P. (Ed.).


Nutrition. A


Approach. New


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Sheridan, M., Howard, J. & Alderson, D. (2010). Play in Early Childhood: From Birth to

Six Years.



Bhakhry, S.

(2006). Children

in India and their

rights. New

Delhi: National

Human Rights


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Reflective journal +Viva-voce/Presentation (20%)


Written report of the work done during internship and the role of supervisor (20%)


Self assessment workbook (30%)


Attendance (10%)


Field supervisor’s feedback (20%)


Programme planning

  • Design active learning daycare programme for different age-groups
  • Understand the role of a facilitator and a supervisor in planning a programme for a daycare

Creative activities

  • Design and conduct various activities in drama, music, dance, art, play, language and science that would enhance creative thinking abilities of the children of different ages and abilities in a day care center
  • Develop and use indicators for monitoring and mentoring facilitators to conduct creative activities with children effectively

Managing and supervising the centre

  • assist the supervisor in various managerial roles and responsibilities such as
  • maintaining records,
  • supervising centre staff
  • encouraging team work,
  • building relationship with the parents,
  • planning publicity of the programme,
  • maintaining and updating centre’s social media and other communication platforms,
  • managing admissions, etc.

Collaborating with parents

  • Assist the supervisor and facilitators in taking care of socio-emotional issues/behavior problems of the children in collaboration with the parents at the centre.

Centre environment

  • Contribute to a harmonious and efficient work environment in the centre.

Functioning of the centre

  • Undertake responsibilities as required for a Supervisor’s role and contribute towards the overall functioning of the centre.

Emergent plan for infants, toddlers and older children

  • Develop and implement an emergent plan for infants, toddlers and older children based upon the functioning of the centre.

Assessment Details with weights:




Reflective journal +Viva-voce/Presentation



Written report of the work done during internship and the role of supervisor



Self assessment workbook






Field supervisor’s feedback