The AKELC is open daily from 7 am to 5 pm and provides nursery, preschool and educational programming that follows the highest international standards of excellence.
The Centre has the capacity to serve approximately 100 children ages 12 months to 4 years and operates year round, with three academic terms, two holiday programmes and an 8-week summer holiday programme. The Centre's secular, bilingual (English/Arabic) curriculum is offered to children and families of all communities, reflecting AKDN's strong belief in the positive value of pluralism and diversity.
The Aga Khan Early Learning Resource Centre (AKELRC) has been developed as an Early Childhood Development (ECD) Professional Development Resource and Demonstration Centre to serve as a technical hub for AKES Early Learning Resource Centres in Central Asia, India and Pakistan. The aim is for the AKELRC to be a provider of accredited and internationally recognized professional development for ECD educators. The AKELRC is a key partner and technical provider for other AKDN ECD programmes and country level strategic plans.
Specific goals for the AKELRC include: (i) to develop curriculum guidelines, professional development options and career pathways, Professional Development modules/courses, facilitator materials and resources for use by the wider AKES / AKDN ECD network (ii) to deliver courses for ECD leaders and the training of trainers (TOT) for all AKES ECD initiatives (iii) to ensure quality assurance of all AKES ECD units through tracking of baseline and yearly Global Guidelines Assessment (GGA) data and the impact of improvement plans to reach best practice goals, (iv) to oversee the transformation of the nursery/ preschool into an accredited demonstration Centre (v) to guide research projects and (vi) to host international ECD conferences.