Innovative Pedagogical Approaches in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE): A Resource Pack

This resource pack, published jointly by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood, includes case studies from nine countries.

The initiative focused on innovative pedagogies with the aim to improve early childhood care and education (ECCE) provision in the Asia-Pacific region. It provides a wealth of knowledge and inspiration from China, India, Japan, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Solomon Islands and Thailand.

The report indicates that there is a wide range of priorities in ECCE across countries. While many ECCE programs are established from the existing evidence base, they do not necessarily reflect local needs, priorities or agendas. The conceptualization of “quality” generally takes place in situations where ECE is considered mainly as preparation for school, services are carried out by private providers and the services are separated from the community. 

All of the cases in this resource pack are examples of innovative pedagogies that were developed in tune with their context and with concern for sustainable learning. They show that innovation in ECCE should not rely only on current models or on a “universalized ‘one size fits all’ model”, but more of the on ‘real-life’ approaches that connect the child with the contexts and communities where they are living in, with “praxis”. Innovations in the Asia-Pacific region are often intended to improve entire communities in addition to benefiting children. This is a pedagogy through which lives are transformed. An inspirational read for practitioners, researchers, and policy makers.

Find the pack on the Knowledge Hub.