PARENT'S FAQ

1. Why should I put my child into school by 2? Why should education at 2 years to 6 years be taken so seriously?

a. It is crucial to introduce the child to a variety of concepts at this extremely absorbent age.

b. It has been identified that the early years from 2 to 6 yrs are the most important time for brain development in humans. 70% of the human brain interconnections are complete by the age of 6-7. Whatever happens afterwards are only further strengthening and the remaining interconnections. It has been proven by experts’ world over repeatedly that the capacity for a child to absorb concepts and learning is the highest during these years of a human being’s life.

2. What are the facilities in your school?

This is a serious preschool where we teach various concepts to children through activity based learning and teaching using educational equipment. We teach children using a world class curriculum. Our teachers are Montessori trained and equipped with training in first aid / medical emergencies.

We also provide other facilities in the school such as:

  1. Day care, After School including Home work support
  2. Other classes such as story-telling, art, music, sports etc.
  3. Field trips are done to places like Museum, National Park, Zoo etc.
  4. Celebrating festivals and other occasions like birthdays.

3. What differentiates your school from others / branded pre-school chains?

a. This is not just a play home but a serious preschool where the child is educated and taught various skills.

b. We follow a system where the child works with materials and learns various skills such as sensorial, language, mathematics, cognitive, art, music etc.

c. We follow a world class curriculum that focuses on the holistic development of the child. The curriculum, materials and environment is set up in such a way such that the child enjoys learning and concepts stay with him for life.

d. We assess each child on various activities in the school on predefined levels. We also observe and record everything the child does in the classroom. All this is fed into a software that allows us to evaluate which areas the child is strong in, which areas need improvement, where his / her interests lie and so on. Assessment is done continuously throughout the year and we even do trend analysis to see if the child is continuously improving or if there is any regression in any activity. We also maintain material observation sheets which is entered in the software that tells which child has spent how much time on which activities throughout the year. In this way, we can find out the areas of interest in the child.

e. The teachers are trained using training videos which means, we know exactly what activities are done with the materials and the desired outcomes. The activities are split into calendar months throughout the year through which we know exactly which activities are to be presented when and ensure that the child’s progress is continuously monitored.

f. The curriculum is updated annually and new activities are done every month.

g. We do not burden the child with excessive homework and other things and allow the child to develop at his / her own pace all the while ensuring that our objectives as part of the curriculum are met. Also, we request the parents not to teach ABC or 123 in the house as it will clash with the methodology we adopt to teach.

h. We follow a mixed age group model so that the children really learn quite a bit from the elder child. Also, teaches the elder child a lot on how to care for the younger ones in the environment. While teaching the younger child, the elder one also has an opportunity to reinforce his own concepts. There is no better way to learn than to teach.

i. We will be introducing various themes such as fruit, vegetables etc. where we will ask Kids to bring in new things from the home every week.

j. We will be running the school for at least 3 to 3.5 hours rather than just the 2 hours that typical play homes run for.

k. We also have an efficient transportation facility which is assisted by responsible staff.

l. We also conduct extra classes such on music, art, dance, abacus, skill building workshops etc. after school hours which distinguishes us from others.

4. What are the school timings?

a. The school works five days a week from Monday to Friday. The school timing is from 9.30am to 12.30pm for Playgroup / Nursery and 9.30am to 1.30pm for KG-1 (LKG) onwards. Parents are requested to be punctual in bringing their children to school and in taking them back. Any person other than the parents coming to collect the child from school should be personally introduced to the teachers.

b. No school business will be transacted on holidays. All government declared holidays will be holidays for the school. The school office shall be open for all transactions including payment of fees from 9.30am to 3.00pm on all working days.

5. What will my child learn in the school? Could you explain the curriculum?

a. The curriculum has been developed taking the best practices from several early childhood practices, especially from the Montessori method and multiple intelligences theory.

b. The environment does not include a traditional blackboard and benches / desks. Children are taught in an environment where the materials are laid out at child level and the child learns while working with the materials. Each material has specific objectives that we would like to meet which in turn leads to development of a particular skill / interest in the child.

c. Teachers play the role of presenters where they present a particular activity to the child and then allow the child to take over to work with the material. They also play the role of observer where they continuously observe what children do and record it religiously every day. They also allow the child to explore and learn over and above the presentations given. This is how the ingenuity of the child is brought out.

d. The areas of focus of the curriculum are represented by the Learning tree with specific focus on the following areas:

i. Daily life skills / practical life skills

ii. Senso-motor skills that include development of senses (sense of dimensions, sense of hearing, sense of smell, sense of taste, sense of weight etc.) and motor skills that include both fine motor skills (like tying shoe laces, dexterity in placing objects at their respective slots) and gross motor skills (like climbing).

iii. Socio-Emotional / Personality (Eg. Inter Age Group Learning, Games that involve multiple children)

iv. Visual Art, music and creativity (Eg. Story Telling Stamps)

v. Aptitude, logical and reasoning (Eg. Visual Discrimination)

vi. Culture (Eg. Making Sandalwood Paste )

vii. Environment (Eg. Grow a Plant)

viii. Language (Eg. Phonetics)

ix. Mathematics (Eg. Number Sequencing)

e. Assessments are done on how the child is doing various activities and what levels he / she has reached as explained above.

6. What is the number of students per class? How will my child get personal attention?

Each environment / classroom is a mixed age classroom. The curriculum and materials that are currently set up is good to accommodate about 80-100 children. If it goes beyond that, we will set up another environment if space permits. Also, we ensure that the teacher to child ratio is maintained at 1:8 if the child is between 2 to 3 yrs and 1: 12 if the child is between 3 to 4 yrs. This way we ensure that each child gets the attention he / she is due.

7. How will you handle scenarios where we need to prepare the students as well as parents for interviews in bigger schools in the future?

Since the education that the child receives in our school is far superior to anything else available in the market today, this itself will guarantee the success for the student in case of interview or any such procedure that the bigger schools may adopt. Though, the current educational rules say that no school can conduct interviews as part of their admission procedure.

8. What type of field trips you will have as part of your school curriculum?

a. Field trips are conducted twice a year to places like Museum, National Parks, Zoo or other places of interest.

b. We will have a schedule planned in advance for the year so that parents know what to expect. Parents are also advised to undertake such trips on the school’s behalf where it would be interesting to the child.

9. Do you have any kind of technology / audio visual aids in the school?

a. We do not encourage visual aids / technology for the preschool

b. It has been proven world over through various researches that technology actually have a detrimental effect on children rather than positive effect in the age group of 2-6 yrs due to passive learning style that technology promotes. It makes the children addicted to visual aids as well as slows down their responses. Hence, it is advised to limit the technology based activities to as less as possible.

10. What are the safety aspects that you take care of in your school?

a. We have a system that allows only recognized people to pick children after school hours. We encourage parents to send the same person to pick the child up if they themselves are not coming in everyday.  Any person other than the parents coming to collect the child from school should be personally introduced to the teachers.

b. Our teachers are trained in first aid / medical emergencies.

11. Do you have transportation facility?

a. We provide pick and drop facility as per the need of the parent. Our safe transport facility is assisted by responsible staff. This service is charged extra at nominal rates.

12. How will I be able to see what my child does at your school? How will you give feedback? How are assessments / evaluations done?

a. Assessments / evaluations are explained in detail in Q3 above.

b. We would also publish a calendar for parent teachers meeting. This is a serious affair and adequate emphasis is given on this. Assessment and evaluation reports are shared with parents during these meetings. The child evaluation software will give out reports on where the child is vis-a-vis benchmarks / statistics so that we know which areas the child is doing very well, which areas they are on par and which areas they need to improve.

c. We also provide a parent’s observation day where the child’s parents can come and observe how the child works in the environment.

13. Where can I get admission after passing out from your preschool? Do you have any tie ups with the bigger schools?

a. We are currently tied up with all major schools in the area and also would be expanding the list in future.
b. Additionally, the curriculum is focussed on the academic aspects of the child’s education and hence the child should not have issues in getting admissions in a bigger school.

14. How can I reach the teachers in the school at any point in time to know how my child is doing? Who will be the first point of contact?

a. Parents will be provided with contact no and email id of the administrator for any interactions related to any aspect of the child’s education. However, parents are advised to contact after school hours, in case you have specific requests, emergencies and useful feedback.

15. What if my child has some allergies / medicines to be administered? How will the school help?

a. Parents are advised to give all such details to the school administrator to take care of.

b. We maintain separate child information sheets in separate files where this information can be kept, based on which we shall try to make a calendar on a daily basis which will tell what needs to be administered when.

 
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