A child-centric anganwadi infrastructure provides for an enabling environment for children to realise their full potential. We are committed to pilot and invest in an innovative child-friendly Anganwadi infrastructure.
Child Friendly Anganwadi Entails:
Furniture and materials should be of suitable sizes. The charts on the wall should be at the child’s eye level.
Displays of the children’s art work gives children pride in themselves while offering good decoration for the classroom.
Hanging and window mobiles should be displayed in the classroom according to the weekly theme.
Daily routine chart should be displayed for the teacher to follow easily and may include pictures or images for the children to follow along.
The furniture used should be movable to easily put carpets down for story time sessions.
Clean and organised look and feel.
Availability of mats / sponges / mattresses in case the children want to sleep.
There must be a storeroom cupboard to keep their materials.
The AWC & classroom area should be well fenced with a lockable gate at the centre.
A vegetable garden (if there is space and enough supplies, communities can help.)
A safe play area in the courtyard of or backyard of AWC after stones and any other dangerous objects are removed.
Hand-washing facilities; either a tap or water tank strategically placed near the toilets to ensure that children do not forget to wash their hands after toilet usage and before meals.
Safe and clean water for drinking cooking purposes.
Necessary outdoor play materials, e.g., swings, balls, jungle gym, tyres, tunnels, merry go around, climbers, sand pit and where possible trees for shade. All these help the children to exercise their body muscles. It is nice for these to be painted in bright primary colours.
At DHFL Changing Lives Foundation, our endeavour is to construct sustainable and innovative models of Anganwadi centres from locally sourced materials.
We have conducted a “Design for Change”, challenge in association with National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA) to design innovative child friendly infrastructure. The challenge engaged 260 colleges across the country and top three models will be implemented across the country through community participation.