I observed that there is a so-called play school almost in every colony, and almost everyone had a good number of kids in their Campus. When I started to mull over this fact and tried to answer the question, why so many Play Schools at all?
Primarily I could come up with a few good reasons for this phenomenon:
1. Nuclear Families.
2. Working Parents.
3. Lack of trained domestic help for taking care of the small kids of 1.5 to 3 years of age.
4. Hardly any playing space for the child in compact Home designs.
5. Inadequate play area in the Modern Day Colonies.
6. High Tantrums of the Kids.
7. High level of competition.
Well ok, if the above are the reasons that prompted alternate options of daycare i.e. ‘Play Schools’ for kids mushrooming up at every half a kilometer, a very important question that arose in my mind, are they equipped enough to effectively and efficiently handle the needs of the kids and deliver expected results to the parent’s satisfaction?
Fine, to find an answer to the second question, I started to analyze each of the 7 reasons that I identified as being responsible for the very existence of these Play Schools.
So let us see the effect that identified reasons have.
1. A Nuclear Family
A Nuclear family is one that has no geriatric person in the house to share their experience with the young parents and help them in the upbringing of the toddler. This forces the parents to go through the entire process based on their instincts of handling situations as and when they come, often succumbing to unreasonable demands of the child.
2. Working Parents
Now, a Nuclear family where both are working parents is a deadly combination, when it comes to taking care of a toddler. The quality time the child deserves to get from the parents gets compromised. The result is a highly demanding child, who is pacified with toys, chocolates, gifts, etc. Such kids usually exhibit a high level of tantrums. The kids miss out on various important lessons of life that could shape their behavior and personality when they grow up.
3. Untrained Domestic Help
Firstly Trained Nannies are very rare to find, but if you do find one the cost involved is not everyone’s cup of tea. Untrained Nannies do not have a good track record, and have been found to ill-treat the kids on many occasions. The kids left to be cared for by such Nannies are seen to develop fear psychosis. They are scared and may not even cry to express themselves.
4. Hardly any playing space for the child in compact Home designs
The ever increasing crowd in the Cities and the proportionately decreasing sizes of the living areas has now become an accepted truth. The kids hardly have any space to run around, which is important when it comes to venting out the surplus energy that a growing toddler has. This makes the child obese and cranky, some often have to be forced when it comes to feeding as they do not use up their energy.
5. Inadequate playing area in the Modern Day Colonies.
While vertical growth of the cities is a common sight, play arenas for kids is hardly to be found. This has an adverse effect on the overall health of a growing child. The lack of fresh oxygen in the locked vicinities of modern-day homes contributes to the sluggish neurological development of the child. Since they hardly come to meet other kids of their own age, few of the very vital social habits like sharing and caring are becoming scarce.
6. High Tantrums of the Kids
Nuclear Families, Working Parents, Untrained Domestic Help, lack of playing space in homes, and colonies have all in combination contributed to the extraordinary tantrums that the kids happen to through these days and it is a common sight. It almost frustrates the parents and they are forced to look for alternatives like Play Schools.
7. High level of competition
We have seen situations where the Government had to interfere in the admission of kids in schools at even Nursery levels. This is frightening, isn’t it? This level of competition also forces the parents to push their kids into schooling through these play schools.
To conclude from the above observations, I would like to summarize that an ideal Play school should be able to contribute positively to the development of the toddler in terms of understanding, behavior, tantrums, sharing and caring habits, playing, and ultimately learning.
So when you are looking for a Play School for your child, do make sure that it addresses the issues that we have discussed above, which a toddler is facing owing to the changing social structure.
An ideal play school should have:
1. An infrastructure with a visual effect that makes a child happy.
2. Well ventilated classrooms.
3. Various health-friendly toys.
4. Adequate play zones with equipments that enable the child to use up their surplus energy and also opportune them to learn while playing and ensured safety in all respect.
5. Montessori trained teachers who are well equipped to handle the kids in every situation.
6. A child-teacher ratio not beyond the recommendations of the educationists.
7. A teaching methodology that is child-centric and is more dependent on beyond the classroom teachings rather than in the class.
8. A symbiotic balance between curriculum and extracurricular activities.
9. Well trained Nannies to take care of the kids as and when needed.
10. Overall hygiene and cleanliness.
We, Mastermind School, have the tag line that reads, ‘the happiest school’. This is a challenge that we have put on ourselves and do all endeavor to keep our students happy, because we firmly believe that anything is best learned when one is de-stressed.
Mastermind Play school was incepted after thorough research on the actual needs of the parents in terms of their toddlers. We have in every aspect taken care of to make the curriculum child-centric, teachings focused on beyond the classroom, adequate playing areas with safe toys with trained teaching staff, and Nannies. It is headed by an experienced administrative head and to top it up every child’s safety is our prime concern.
For more details, you could visit us at www.mastermindschool.co.in.