Promoting Early Language, Literacy and Numeracy

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSVS1EC3014

Semester and Year Offered: Semester-3, Monsoon 2018

Course Coordinator and Team: Dr Sunita Singh and Fariha Siddiqui

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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 the course are to help students:

  • Understand the nature and significance of early language, literacy and numeracy
  • Create learning environments for promoting language, literacy and numeracy
  • Conceptualize language, literacy and numeracy development in the Indian context
  • Plan activities to promote literacy, language and numeracy in children of different age-groups and abilities.
  • Design conducive environment for developing literacy and numeracy skills in children
  • Develop assessment indicators for children at various levels of literacy and numeracy skills
  • Guide facilitators in assessing children’s numeracy and language development
  • Provide indicators for a critical evaluation of the programme

Course Outcomes:

After completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Design and conduct activities for language, literacy and numeracy
  • Create strategies for introducing language, literacy and numeracy experiences in an age appropriate manner at the daycare site
  • Create opportunities that can promote language, literacy and numeracy skills in children
  • Identify and develop indicators for planning and monitoring of activities
  • Monitor and mentor facilitators in planning and conducting activities for language, literacy and numeracy
  • Critically reflect on the performance and participation of children from the perspective of programme evaluation.

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

Module 1: Language and literacy learning and development. Language development unfolds at a rapid pace during the first few years of life. Along with oral language development, in literate societies children are exposed to varying degrees of literacy in their homes and communities and begin to imbibe the basic forms and functions of literacy at an early age. This unit will enable students to develop a conceptual understanding of language and literacy development for young children with the following skills

Module 2: Concepts of numeracy. As children are developing language and literacy skills, they also begin to develop numeracy skills. For example, even before children begin schooling, most develop an understanding of addition and subtraction just through their daily interactions. This unit will enable the day care supervisors to focus on the cognitive and conceptual foundation for later learning of numeracy.

Assessment Details with weights:


Assessment Type



Written Assignment-1



Written Assignment-2



Term-end Exam



Class Participation




Reading List:

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  • NAEYC, Washington, DC.Chapter 1: The early years: A time to begin (pp. 1-10), Chapter 2: The beginning: babies and books (pp. 11-38)
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  • ASER Reports
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