What is the National Early Childhood Development
Policy and Framework?

Recognising the need for early planning and development of children during the early years, the Malaysian government has introduced the National Early Childhood Care and Development Policy [Dasar Asuhan dan Didikan Awal Kanak-Kanak (ADUK)].

This Policy aims to:

  • Create a base that allows a balanced and optimum development of a child’s potential, based on their own initiative, while taking into account local values and international best practices.
  • Outline comprehensive training, implementation and enforcement Guidelines for Early Childhood Care and Education.
  • Ensure that children under 4 years old get the guidance needed to stimulate development physically, cognitively, socially, emotionally and in a safe and fun environment, before they enter the formal education system.
  • Ensure the implementation and enforcement of a monitoring and feedback system to better gauge the effectiveness of Early Childhood Care and Education programs.
  • Shape and inform a standard National Curriculum that covers the aspects of education, child care, nutrition and health, based on the PERMATA Curriculum.
  • Create conducive environments and infrastructure that will aid in creating positive learning results.
  • Encourage partnerships between and involvement of parents, government bodies, private sector bodies, NGOs and local communities in Early Childhood Care and Education.