Self Development and Entrepreneurship

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSVS1EC1041

Semester and Year Offered: Semester-1, Monsoon 2017

Course Coordinator and Team: Fariha Siddiqui, Dr Sunita Singh and Sheetal Nagpal

Email of course coordinator:

Pre-requisites None


The specific objectives of the course are to help students:

  • get hands on experience for their development as entrepreneurs of early childhood centres
  • be sensitive to the early childhood setting and with all children
  • develop skills for becoming a professional
  • plan diet menus for children with varied needs
  • Know skills and strategies related to care of the babies
  • Understand issues pertaining to disability and nutritional interventions

Course Outcomes:

After completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of skills and attitudes for their development as entrepreneurs of early childhood centres
  • Describe and analyse early childhood setting and prepare themselves for working with all children
  • Develop skills for becoming a professional
  • Explain ways of bathing babies
  • Prepare and feed young children
  • Soothe children while crying
  • describe the growth patterns from infancy to middle childhood years
  • explain different nutritional interventions as per the special needs of differently-abled children

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

Workshop 1. Self-Development and Entrepreneurship (1 credit)

This workshops will be organized to orient novice early childhood professionals to engage in the process of self-reflection. These workshops will create opportunities for the students to work systematically upon their strengths and weaknesses. It will also enable the early childhood professionals to reflect upon their abilities of engaging with children and developing a rapport with them. Students will begin to understand how to interact with young children—by controlling their anger, fatigue and emotions while working with children. They will be sensitised to the lives of children in difficult circumstances. The importance of collaborative work over competition will also be stressed upon in these workshops. These workshops will also enable students to start thinking about themselves as entrepreneurs. It will focus on the need to appreciate what is required to be a professional in a day care centre and the responsibilities it entails to develop an understanding of an “entrepreneur”. Programme managers of day care centres(especially from the field sites) will be a part of the workshop and they will reflect upon their own experiences of becoming an entrepreneur. The workshops will enable students to see their field placement sites as potential work spaces, engage with them and begin to understand the system and the field.

Self-development and entrepreneurship : assessment type







Class participation and attendance





Suggested readings:

  1. Reynolds Center. (2014). Early childhood education: entrepreneurial opportunity? National Centre for BusinessJournalism. Retrieved from:
  2. Todd Grindal& Dana Charles McCoy. (September 17, 2016). Social Entrepreneurs Offer
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