School – the very first step towards the career of a child, shapes his/her future, helps in developing the academic and extracurricular profile of a child. If chosen wisely, a school trains, educates and develops a student into a well-mannered individual. The school is a place where a child enters with no idea of the academic world, undergoes early childhood education and comes out as a whole new, learned and grown up youngster.
Education is the basic right of every individual and is integral to the growth of any economy. Therefore, maximum number of children of any country must be a part of either government, private, community or local schools. Owing to the socio-economic conditions of Pakistan, 22.8 million children (5 to 16 years of age) are not out school.
This is an alarming situation where 44 percent of the total population of Pakistan has never received any formal education. Thus, Pakistan has the world’s second highest number of out of school children. To overcome this issue, Allied Schools, A Project of Punjab Group of Colleges, The Largest Educational Network of Pakistan, is actively playing its part in making education accessible to all.
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
Early childhood education also known as nursery school or kindergarten, starts from three-years-old to seven-years-old children. The main focus of early childhood education is care, development and learning of a child. It is the earliest level of primary education in which a child is taught preliminary manners, development of motor skills through experience & play and a foundational curriculum as part of the early childhood education.
A child is also taught about the basic socio-cultural values, good/bad habits, etiquettes and manners while talking to the elders. Early childhood education builds the foundation of a child and requires a lot effort from the school management to understand the psyche and nature of every student enrolled.
Early childhood education helps the mothers with their child’s effective learning through a standardized syllabus unlike the homeschooled kids. Going to a school and getting education provides a very engaging and interactive environment to the students in which they can learn and grasp things even more quickly. Early childhood education is given equal importance like other levels of the school, as it serves as the building block of the educational journey of a child.
Preschool also referred to as playschool or pre-primary school, is an educational learning space created to provide kids (three to eight years old) the essential knowledge to enter the Compulsory Education. At preschool, children are given the early childhood teachings including physical health, teamwork, social skills, play, speech via sign language, talking, listening and other soft skills.
A child enrolled into a preschool learns to build connections outside his/her family i.e. with teachers and class mates. Preschool teaches the child the basic elements required for the young kid to behave, learn and talk with others. Preschool education requires some factors to be in place for making it an effective learning experience. These factors include proper administration, quality of classrooms, classroom environment, syllabus/curriculum, student-teacher ratio, teacher-child interaction, activities, assessments and class size. Playgroup, nursery and kindergarten all of these form part of the preschool education.
Allied Schools has one of the finest preschools in place with a well-designed curriculum for the education of three to eight years old children. The curriculum is designed in a way that includes a good blend of mental and physical education. Furthermore, Allied Schools is going to introduce its Toddlers Gym where children from two to four years old will be educated through play, experience, learn and grow.
Early Childhood Education
Childhood education is an educational setting designed to teach and train young children to develop in them a sense of the self, the surroundings and their ability to differentiate between others and themselves. Children that are receiving childhood education usually repeat the actions they observe around them.
Therefore, early childhood education at a school requires an appropriate educational establishment with all the essential elements that children need to learn. With this being said, teaching at this level is more crucial and tricky as compared to the elementary and secondary schools. Teachers who opt for childhood teaching must have relevant certification which ensures that the particular person understands how to go about things while teaching a young child.
A teacher delivering childhood education must possess several important qualities that are required for educating young children. These qualities include gentility, courtesy, modesty, humility, friendliness, hospitality, kindness, patience and tolerance to maintain their temper. Childhood education also includes the early-childhood-relationship development process.
This refers to the methods and techniques used to train a child about making attachments with connected individuals. Developing a sense of relationships around themselves, impacts the future attachments of the child and makes it easier for him/her to distinguish between various relationships.
Early Years School
Early Years School is the initial stage of the entire schooling period of a child. It is an educational framework including a range of activities designed to enable the child’s learning, development and care from birth to five years old. Early years school ensures learning characteristics are being applied appropriately. This includes children learning through the art of play, the teaching faculty works in close connection with the parents, the child’s progress is being recorded and reported, welfare and 360-degree development of the child. At early years’ school, there are three main focal points that are addressed by the school management; language & communication, physical health education, self/social/emotional development. Early schooling period has four areas of concentration for the learning of the children; it works on the literacy, mathematics, understanding the environment and the development of expression of through arts & design.
Early Years Learning
Learning at early years’ school happens around the “Characteristics of Learning”. Children in the early years’ school usually learn through activities of play, explore, creative and critical thinking. Such type of learning can either happen indoors or outside the classroom setting. Learning that happens during the early years at school is very influential on the life of a child.
The brain of a very young child is considered to be equivalent to a blank paper, and anything written on it is retained by the child. Early Childhood Education help the young students to excel academically, socially and physically. At this stage of the school, experience and play are two very important tools of making a child learn a specific concept. This includes dramatic plays, social games, prepare snacks for themselves and much more. Such activities provoke thinking of the young kids making them able to learn more efficiently.
Another vital element of learning at early years’ school is group activities. Students tend to learn from the mistakes and actions of fellow students. Teamwork develops a sense of collaboration in the young children and they understand the importance of working together, making friends, care for each other and sharing their stuff with one another. The use of props and other play-equipment enhances the learning of the children.
Retention rate of a learned concept through the use of tangible products is much more than just a bookish concept. It is always important to design a good mix for the learning and education of the child at Early Years School.