India, March 2015. In the recent past, there has been a spurt in the number of preschools and play schools, but with the changing scenario, and the demographics, there is need for more and more preschools in India.
On an average, a II-tier city in India would have no less than 50 or 60 preschools operating. Now, this is a very interesting trend, and one tends to think if these many for a preschool is a big number.
It was a presumption that younger children would either learn their alphabets and numbers from their mothers or their grandparents. Demographics and societies have changed so drastically that preschools have become absolute necessities.
It is not an uncommon trend to see even in smaller cities couples working to secure a better future for their children. In this attempt, they may not have the time and energy to devote to their children’s education. Apart from this, proactive parents realize that children need to socialize at a very young age to get an edge over others, and hence preschools.
Preschools have this interesting concept of ‘play and learn’. The parents have the reassurance of the preschools that every milestone of learning would be achieved with ease. Reciting rhymes, counting numbers, and playing games are all part of the play-learn activities.
Preschools in India have their ideologies borrowed from the western counterpart, the Association Montessori Internationale in the earlier stages. Later, approaches of Reggio Emilia, and Vygotsky got more popular.
Now, every parent in India seeking education for their children starts by searching for a preschool first. Parents would first go through a list of preschools, then go to the preschool, and then decide if it is good for their child.
A child needs a free and playful atmosphere to blossom and learn. Harsh environs that intimidate a child is certainly not the place any parent would want to keep their child in. Having said this, though some places look very inviting from the exterior have hidden flaws.
A parent has to be very vigilant while trying to admit his/her kid in a preschool. They have to go through the preschool names list, filter out the non performers, look out for good preschools. Among preschools in India, there is a trend of a major school franchising and giving away their names to outsiders to represent them in other branches. One has to visit the place and talk to the faculty there to ensure that the staff there is as good as the name of the parent school.
Some of the best play schools in India have great standards when it comes to the safety of the children, their education, and their overall development. Preschools are here to stay, and parents should not hesitate to join their children in preschools as it would be an essential bridge to the society and skills to survive on.