Origin & Evolution:

  • To organize and conduct undergraduate, post graduate, doctoral and post doctoral training for medical and non-medical personnel in specialities of human development.
  • To organize and conduct diplomas, graduate, post graduate and doctoral courses in human development
  • To organize paramedical courses in clinical child development
  • To provide modern and advanced diagnostic laboratory referral facilities for mother for prevention of low birth weight babies
  • To institute professorship, resident-ship and fellowship and other research positions for the above purposes
  • To conduct lectures, seminars, study groups, workshops, conferences, etc.
  • To organize a ‘perinatal epidemiology unit’ in modern lines, a childhood disability registry and newborn follow-up programmes.
  • To institute and maintain libraries, to publish research papers, treaties, books and periodicals, newsletters and other literature.
  • To work in collaboration with institutions for children needing special care.
  • To co-operate with other societies and professional bodies in pursuit of all or any of the above objectives.
  • To design preventive and early intervention services for women, child and adolescent care and development, pre-marital counselling service system, throughout the country through ICDS network in collaboration with health, social welfare, education and woman and child development departments of state governments and Government of India.

Major Achievements:

a) Development of Observation Card (DOC): Developmental disabilities are often seen in infants with no apparent risk factors. The large majority of developmental delay is could be identified by using developmental observation card developed by Child Development Centre, Kerala.

b) Trivandrum Developmental Screening Chart (TDSC): This is a simple developmental screening tool designed and validated at Child Development Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. It is being used in the child development clinics and for community screening of developmental delay among children below 2 years of age.

c) Nursery Evaluation Scale Trivandrum (NEST):
This tool has been developed and validated at Child Development Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. It is a functional assessment of pre-school children between 4 – 6 years. It is a guideline to pre-school teachers as to the individual child’s holistic development. It serves as a screening tool to identify pre-school children who needs one-to-one instructions.


PG Diploma in Clinical Child Development (PGDCCD)

This Diploma in Clinical Child Development started by Government of Kerala is the first course of its kind in India designed to create qualified community level trainers, who can effectively deal with all areas of Early Child Care & Education including Newborn follow-up, Early Detection of developmental delay and Early stimulation therapy. B.Sc. (Home Science) Graduates are admitted to the course. Courses of University of Kerala conducted in association with Child Development Centre.