A child’s early years lay the foundation of the life ahead. When it comes to choosing the right preschool, it is important to do your research.The right preschool will set your kid up for success and keep her/him safe, happy and engaged. Among other factors like safety, convenience, hygiene, choosing the right curriculum that suits your child is also important. Curriculum provides a structure to their learning at the preschool. Thats why proper planning is involved in making curriculum because little ones have very less retention and concentration capacity. They get bored very easily and may get exhausted soon.
There are different curriculum philosophies – Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia. Most popular curriculum in India is Montessori. But bigger preschools have developed their own curriculum with the help of experts taking the best from all the different preschool curriculum philosophies.
Ipsaa’s curriculum is planned keeping the age wise requirement. Monthly Topics or themes are woven in a prepared plan by the caregiver. Routines, time slots for various activities are planned and put into action. The level keeps increasing with the age group and also at times with individual needs. The main guideline include skills or competencies in five major areas:- Language Development / Cognitive Development / Physical Development / Social and Emotional Development / Aesthetic and Cultural Development. Dr. Jyotsna Tandon a B.H.M.S, graduate and a Homeopathic doctor with over 18 years of experience with a special emphasis on child psychology, health and parent counseling heads the Curriculum at Ipsaa.
Maple Bear follows Learning through experience and exploration. The curriculum systematically develops competence in language, reading, mathematics, science and technology. Teachers integrate subject knowledge into a variety of active techniques suitable to the developmental stages of the children. Shalini Jaiswal is the Director of Academics at Maple Bear, India.
Amelio Early Educations’s well researched and international World of Discovery curriculum was developed after two years of research by a team of expert child psychologists, pediatricians, early childhood educators and researchers. It combines the best practices of internationally renowned curriculum methods and ensures attention to all aspects of a child’s early development – Physical, Cognitive, Social, Emotional, Sensorial and Language. Sathish Kumar Thiyagarajan, heads the curriculum department. He is an Education Evangelist with a decade of experience in the education sector.
Safari Kid has combined best practices from classical approaches like Montessori and Reggio Emilia with insights from newer research into early brain development and has adopted for a Project Based Learning approach. Their early childhood education approach and assessment framework is based on, among other things, Dr. Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences, the British Early Years Foundation Stage and their own research. Their preschool program is based not on the age of the child, but at their pace of learning in different areas. Thasin Rahim is the Chief Academic Officer taking care of training and school design. She has 15 years of experience and has worked in different schools all around the world.
Mindseed follows 1child = 1 curriculum approach. They are of the belief that the purpose of learning in the foundation years is to develop mastery in crucial skills such as reading, logic, concentration and perseverance that are essential for success. Keeping this in mind, at Mindseed focus is on 4 skill areas that encompass all of a child’s development. Aparna Chaudhary is the academic head.
Podar Jumbo Kids, follows EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum in its centers. It is the curriculum framework of the United Kingdom. It sets out and defines the 7 areas of learning and development which guide professionals engagement with your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge – Personal Competencies and social development, Language and literacy skills, Early numeracy skills, Knowledge and understanding of the world, Creative development, Understanding information and communication technology and Physical skills and competencies. Farida Lokhandwala is the National academic head and takes care of trainings, curriculum development and quality check.