According to the Strategy Plan 2008-2020, the Education Authorities in Mauritius are committed to ensuring that ALL children in the early childhood settings should have the opportunity to develop their individual, socio-emotional and psycho-motor skills to the best of their capacity in order to build the confidence and self-esteem in learning that will not only prepare them for the primary school, but more importantly lay the foundations for learning that will support them throughout their lifetime.
With a view to improving the quality of the teaching and learning environment, to foster research and development and enhance professional development for the general improvement of early childhood education, this programme will bridge the gap between practicum and theoretical insights. It will provide young aspiring educators in early childhood education and care and experienced practitioners access to university studies in Early Childhood Education and Care. It is also a response to the increasing need to have appropriately trained educators and to the increasing demand for professional development by practitioners and aspiring young educators in Early Childhood Education and Care. This programme will also allow the learners to share best teaching practices and knowledge in Mauritius and within the region through the use of technology and modern teaching media as well as the professional experience and development component which they will have to undergo throughout the programme for their own professional development and growth. The B.Ed in Early Childhood Education and Care adopts a multidisciplinary approach which thus provides the learners with the opportunity to reflect on the practical experience as they study and beyond during their teaching career. It is a tailor-made programme not only for prospective educators and practicing educators but also for supervisors, teaching assistants and directors of early childhood centres.