Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 2(2), pp. 119 - 125
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2014.020203
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Implementation of Early Childhood Education: A Case Study in Nigeria


Osho Lauretta Oluwafemi 1,*, Aliyu Nma 2, Okolie Osita 3, Onifade Olugbenga 3
1 Department of Computer Science, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria
2 School of Education, Niger State College of Education, Minna, Nigeria
3 Department of General Studies, Federal University, Dutse, Nigeria

ABSTRACT

Early Childhood Education (ECE) is the education given in educational institutions to children prior to entering the primary schools. Recently, there have been heightening concerns raised by stakeholders concerning the quality of education in Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE). This paper assesses the level of implementation of ECE in Chanchaga local government area, a local government in one of the north-central states in Nigeria. The sample size was 32 teachers, selected from 10 schools (out of 31 in the local government area). Questionnaire, interviews, and observations were used as research instruments. The study found out that while the enrolment level is high and, appreciably, there are teachers who specialize in ECE, basic teaching/learning and other basic resources are sparsely available, and most of the ECE centers are overpopulated. Employment of more ECE specialist teachers, training/retraining of caregivers/teachers, and provision of necessary resources would go a long way to actualize effective implementation in the local government.

KEYWORDS
Early Childhood Education, ECE, Education, Implementation, Chanchaga, Niger State, Nigeria, Teaching/Learning

Cite this paper
Osho Lauretta Oluwafemi , Aliyu Nma , Okolie Osita , Onifade Olugbenga . "Implementation of Early Childhood Education: A Case Study in Nigeria." Universal Journal of Educational Research 2.2 (2014) 119 - 125. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2014.020203.