Early childhood education and care – a single thought that can bring sleepless nights to many parents. Admission procedure at schools is grueling, but searching for the right one is overwhelming in itself. And then, the thought of leaving your little baby away is scary as hell. I have seen many young mothers leaving their tiny tots at the pre-school doors with swelling tears in their own eyes. It’s not easy, to leave your ‘sunshine for a single minute but that’s how it goes.
So, this time during My Friend Alexa, season 4.0 I am bringing you a series of 8 posts on ‘Education’. Beginning from the early childhood care and education to the need of executive programs for working professionals.
What is Early Childhood Education and Care?
Early education of a baby starts inside the mother’s womb, when she talks to it and share those little chit-chats. Baby inside the womb, listens and reacts to her voice and imbibes the tone for it’s own future understanding. Post delivery, baby learns seeing the environment and other stimulus. These are the baby-steps towards the bigger learning. So, when we say early childhood care (in terms of learning) it means the basic interactive learning between the child and its environment.
Many believe, early childhood care is about prepping the child for pre-school admissions. Theoretically it is correct, however, it just doesn’t end there. Early childhood education is just the ‘right’ beginning of a lifelong lesson of learning and growth. UNESCO has also emphasised on ECCE (Early Childhood Care and Education). The whole aim of this program is holistic development of child’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical needs.
How do I know if my child is ready for Pre-school education?
Pre-school helps preparing the child for higher classes and main stream schooling programs. It also creates a bond between the child and it’s immediate environment for better learning and understanding.
If you are a mother of 3 years old or younger kid/s, the question of ‘right age for admission‘ is your worst known fears. My neighbor’s boy is 2+ and she has already started gathering forms, testimonials for best preschools in nearby area. My daughter was just 3+ years when we enrolled her in a pre-school. I remember going to every pre-school in my area and shortlisting only those which emphasised on ‘learning’ instead of ‘teaching’.
Coming back to the question in hand, what is the right age for pre-school admission?
In India, children between the age of 3 to 4 years can be enrolled in a pre-school. However, we have seen children as young as 2 years or big as 5 years also coming to play-schools. The basic idea of play school admission is to make a child sit, mingle, and interact with others before beginning a kindergarten education.
Which is a right pre-school for my child?
This is a gigantic task, finding a right pre-school for your child. There are various factors involved in this task, such as time and distance etc. Before you zero down on a pre-school, check for –
- Distance from the home
- Location and emergency preparedness of the centre
- Session durations
- Testimonials from other parents
- Certifications and Accrediations
- Ancillary staff – helpers, cleaners, drivers, etc
- Cancellation policy
- Yearly curriculam
- Your own (instinct) impression.
The right beginning with positive early childhood care and education, has long lasting impression on child’s holistic development. A good pre-school creates concrete platform for better understanding and healthy growth in terms of education and knowledge.
Pre-school education creates right environment for future learning and also helps in children transitioning into main stream educational boards. Along with the facilities of easy audio-visual learning, pre-schools also help children learn how to communicate with others. Kids of 3 years and so, are used to interacting with familiar faces. Pre-schools play a major role in breaking the barrier and help children interact out of their known circle of comfort.
This is all for early childhood care and education, in the next post we will talk about different styles of primary education.
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