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Empowering Women through Early Childhood Development Services – Part II

The Early Childhood Development Project supports the women in the ECD sector around the country. Here we...

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Empowering Women through Early Childhood Development Services

The Government of Sri Lanka concluded a successful week of Women’s Day Celebration Island wide....

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When a child is enrolled in a Pre School it is essential to see that the Pre School has following standards.

An ECD center is expected to meet three compulsory standards* and at least another four out of the remaining prioritized minimum quality standards for ECD centers.


  1. Premise has safety mechanism (i.e. fence/wall) to prevent children from accessing road, river, wells or any other hazards.


  1. Safe structure (permanent roof, paved floor, shelter students from elements, if there is a half wall it should be about 3.5 feet)
  2. Ramp/physical access for disabled children.

Furniture and Equipment:

  1. Desks, Chairs and mats specially built for children
  2. Display space (wall/board etc)
  3. Age appropriate indoor play materials (children’s picture books, puzzles, blocks, music instruments)

Water and Sanitation facilities

  1. Toilets with water (1/15-20 children) COMPULSORY*
  2. Clean drinking water supply COMPULSORY *

Outside play area

  1. Adequate outdoor play equipment (as already approved by the Children’s Secretariat)


10.At least one teacher with professional training per students (at least one year professional training in Preschool education) COMPULSORY *

State Ministry of Women and Child Development, Pre-Schools & Primary Education, School Infrastructure & Education Services

The World Bank

The National Secretariat for Early Childhood Development