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Philosophy

The Prathams is a play-based program. Children learn by doing. Hands-on activities that have been chosen by the child can help make sense of the world and develop social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and creative skills. The aim of a play-based preschool is to provide a variety of interesting learning centres where a child is free to choose what he wants to play with.

We see the exploration of topics that come from the interests of the children in the program. Teachers work hard to explore the topics that come up and when that topic changes or when the children move on to another interest the teachers try to make the necessary changes in the materials. The teachers set up the stations so the children can freely ask questions and find answers through their own exploration and investigation.

 
     
 

We put care into planning and arranging the centers and room to make sure that there are enough materials for children to explore and play with, that the materials are easily accessible, that there is variety of different materials for children to use and that they room and centers are safe. The planning is sensitive to the needs, interests and abilities of the children in the program. Teachers listen and observe children to identify interests, learn with the children and help children expand their knowledge and learning through meaningful experiences.

In following this approach the teacher’s role is to: to co-explore the learning experience with the children, to provoke ideas, problem solving, and conflict, to take ideas from the children and return them for further exploration, to organize the classroom and materials to be aesthetically pleasing, to organize materials to help children make thoughtful decisions about the media, and to document children’s progress with written observations and child portfolios. In this philosophy we approach the child as a:

 
     
 

Collaborator: Teachers collaborate with the children in the room on the play/learning experiences and projects.
Communicator: Understanding how each child learns and communicates is important for the teachers. We encourage the Children to express themselves in many different ways. We also view the environment as a third teacher.

Using the environment and making it aesthetically pleasing is important to the teachers. A lot of time is spent organizing and cleaning the room and making it more comfortable. As teachers we view ourselves as a partner, nurturer, and guide. We make a strong emphasis to actively listen to the children to make sure that we are guiding and supporting the children in their play, exploration and learning. In the end, the curriculum and philosophies are just tools and roads that lead us to our ultimate goal: to offer the highest quality care that enriches your children’s lives.

 
     
     
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