• What Early Childhood Education (ECE) philosophy do you follow?

    At the heart of our unique early childhood education is the philosophy of renowned Russian psychologist, Lev Vygotsky as described in his ‘Socio-Cultural Theory of Learning’.

    • Social Process – Learning is a social process. A child learns through social interaction with a more learned adult. The back and forth communication between the adult and the child promotes his or her cognitive development.
    • Active Learning – The learner is an active participant and not a passive recipient in the process of Learning-teaching. He or she is actively engaged in co-constructing knowledge.
    • Role of Language – Language, a higher mental function, plays a vital role in learning. Developing language skills in children is the first and foremost priority because it is a forerunner for acquiring other more complex cognitive functions.
    • Role of Teacher – A teacher has a profound influence on learning to the extent her ideas determine what and how children learn. The learning outcome for the learner, whose teacher focuses on the round shape of the apple, will be different from that of the other whose teacher focuses on the red color of the apple.
    • ZPD – ZPD, the short form of the ‘Zone of Proximal Development’, gives teachers a tool to maximize the learning of the child. An understanding of the learner & ZPD enables the teacher to focus her efforts on the skills that are on the verge of emerging. She helps the learner attain goals that are a stretch but within his or her ZPD.
    • Scaffolding – Learning or acquiring new skills requires the use of scaffolding techniques by the teacher. Scaffolding is the support provided by the teacher to achieve challenging yet attainable goals. At the start of the learning process, she gives maximum support but gradually withdraws it as the learner becomes more capable.
    • Role Play – Imaginary play is a powerful tool for developing self-regulation in young children. It dramatically improves their ability to focus attention and apply themselves to the task, which otherwise is difficult for them to achieve.
    How do you provide ‘Personalized Learning’ to every child?

    Personalized Learning means every child learns at their own pace to achieve their full potential. The ‘Key to Learning’ activities are done individually with each child, which allows our teachers to learn about their current level of independent performance and vary the level of ‘scaffolding’ provided to each child to accomplish a new task. Teachers continue to scaffold the child’s efforts until they become independent and requires no further assistance.

    How do you develop language skills in children?

    Developing language skills in children is one of the biggest priorities for us. We create a language-rich environment in the class. The teachers engage the learner in back and forth conversation, giving instructions for doing the ‘Key to Learning’ sessions and prompting them to respond verbally. Besides, there are umpteen opportunities for
    them to converse with their friends in school.

    Stories are another medium for building language skills, developing vocabulary, imagination, and focused attention. Children are encouraged to narrate the story back in their words with prompting by the teacher.

    We also have a school library with a collection of 6,000+ picture books. Not only the research but also our experience shows that children whose parents read to them for 20-30 minutes everyday exhibit rapid progress in their language skills. They end up adding many unique words to their vocabulary, which are not part of everyday conversation.

    Every week children participate in Show & Tell, which is another proven way to develop their linguistic abilities and also give them confidence in their speaking skills.

    What are the qualifications of your teachers?

    Our teachers come from different walks of life and add tremendous value to their job with a different set of experiences and perspectives. One thing that is common to all of them is their passion for teaching young children and love for them.

    Our teachers have post-graduate or graduate qualifications. They possess a high level of intelligence, communication skills, and general awareness. We choose them for their inherent qualities of patience, warmth, maturity, emotional stability, persistence, and interest in teaching based on their psychological profile.

    We train them in the Vygotskian philosophy, ‘Key to Learning’ curriculum, and classroom management strategies before giving them the responsibility of managing the class.

    How is a typical day for children at school?

    A typical day at the school offers children opportunities for cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and language development. With outdoor play, role play, music, storytelling, ‘Key to learning’ sessions, and projects, there is ample variety to keep them actively engaged in learning. They learn from special events such as Be Healthy, Be Smart, The Festival of Stories, and field trips, as well as the celebration of festivals through the year.

    Which program will my child enroll in at the time of admission?

    We take admissions through-out the year. Age will be the main criterion in deciding the program for your child at the time of enrollment, but factors such as readiness of your child, whether he or she has attended another preschool earlier, etc. will also play a role. We will promote your child to the next program based on his or her age eligibility at the start of the next academic year.

    How will you settle down my child in school?

    The preparation for settling down must start well before your child’s first day at school. The following steps will help you prepare your child for his or her first day at school.

    • Prepare your child mentally about starting school through bedtime storytelling. Build excitement about all the new experiences that await them in the school.
    • Re-set your child’s body clock and help them to bed early and wake them up with ample time to get ready for the school and have breakfast.
    • For the first few days, your child will spend around 1-2 hours daily in the school to become familiar with the teacher and school surroundings and the teacher getting to know them well.
    • The teacher will give full attention to your child so that they feel secure in her presence and develops a bond with her.
    • Sometimes, despite our best efforts, a child takes longer to settle down, which is not unusual. Positive reinforcement from the parents in such cases is immensely helpful.
    • The parent should keep the morning goodbye brief and reassuring and should be back for pick-up 10 minutes before disbursal time. It is reassuring for a new child to be picked up before other parents walk-in to pick their child.
    • We will send you regular updates about your child while settling down to keep you informed of their daily progress.
    What specific measures are in place for the safety and security of children?

    We follow all protocols for providing a safe and secure learning place for children.

    • The school has CCTV cameras for surveillance and monitoring.
    • We screen and register the support staff with local police.
    • All learning spaces are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected at the end of the day.
    • We clean and disinfect the toys and learning resources daily.
    • Children and support staff follow the routine of washing hands with soap after using the washroom, playing outdoors, and before every meal.
    • We only hand over the child to an authorized person. We do not hand over the child to any other person, including an extended family member without written authorization and photo identity in our records.
    What measures are in place for a medical emergency?

    We are always alert towards the safety and well-being of children. In an unforeseen case of a medical emergency, we immediately inform the parents and take the child to the nearest medical facility with the parent’s consent.

    What new measures are planned for the safety of children when the school reopens after COVID-19?

    One of the biggest positives in our case is that we have spacious and naturally well-lit classrooms and large open spaces for children to play, which helps keep infections at bay. Additionally, the number of children in the class is limited. We will follow all safety measures that will further help us to ward off any infections.

    • Use of masks by the teachers, support staff and children will be mandatory at all times.
    • All classrooms, washrooms, and commonly-touched surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned by disinfectant multiple times during the day.
    • Children and adults will wash their hands with soap at regular intervals.
    • The same set of children will stay together in a group with the same teacher and support staff. The intermingling of children from different cohorts will not be permitted.
    • Children will be dropped at and collected from the main gate by parents. Parents will not have access to the school premises. All communication will be on the phone or through other digital means.
    • Children suffering from fever, cough, cold, or any other infection will have to stay at home until they recover fully.