Creating Infrastructure

b>SECTION 5 OUTLINE
PUTTING THE PIECES IN PLACE:
Creating the Infrastructure

This Section will provide you with some understanding of the elements that have to be addressed in order to implement the chosen approach effectively. Specifically this Section addresses what will be offered to the beneficiary group, how it will be offered (where and when) and who will offer the services (in terms of organization and staffing).

Contents: What Will Be Offered?
What will the beneficiaries receive through the project? A quality ECCD project combines goods, services, a curriculum, activities, and a delivery system for the project.

The Need for a Curriculum

Choosing/Developing a Curriculum ·ECCD BRIEF LINK: Preschool Child-Initiated Learning Found to Help Prevent Later Problems.

The Curriculum Development Process

ADOPTING A CURRICULUM

MODIFYING AN EXISTING CURRICULUM

DEVELOPING YOUR OWN CURRICULUM

DEVELOPING A PROJECT-SPECIFIC CURRICULUM WITH THE COMMUNITY

Conclusions About Curriculum

How Will the Services Be Delivered?
This question refers to the logistics of delivering the services. It is necessary to have a place to deliver the service, appropriate equipment and materials need to be secured, and decisions have to be made about the schedule and timing of services.

The Place: Facilities and Their Surroundings

Equipment and Materials

Schedule and Timing of Services

POINT OF ENTRY

FREQUENCY

DURATION

Who Will Provide the Services, Institutionally and Individually?
There are two levels at which the “who” question needs to be answered: at the level of the institution–what is the institution able to contribute and how is that institution positioned (locally, nationally and sometimes internationally)?; and who are the personnel that will play a role in the project? These levels are considered separately in the discussion that follows.

The Choice of Institutions/Organizations

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR IN TERMS OF AN INSTITUTIONAL BASE?

What Types of Organizations Can Provide What Is Required?

NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS (NGOs)

GOVERNMENT

PRIVATE SECTOR

BASED IN THE COMMUNITY

Collaboration

How Do All the Institutional Pieces Fit Together?

Staffing and Support
People are crucial to the success of an ECCD program. Recognizing that the people who work in ECCD projects/programs can come from a variety of backgrounds (they may be health care workers, parent educators, preschool teachers, mothers from the community, etc.), and that they can work in a variety of settings (homes, clinics, community centers, child care centers, primary schools, etc.), in this Guide we use the term ECCD worker to include all of the variations.

Who Do We Need to Staff the Project?
THE PROJECT MANAGER

DEVELOPMENT STAFF/CONSULTANTS

SUPERVISORY/MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL

ECCD WORKERS

Staff Development

Training

ACCREDITATION