Play schools have become a serious profession (both in terms of money & efforts involved),a passion for many & a cause in today's world. Parents are very much concerned today while seeking admission of there wards in any play school and while mitigating these hurdles parents are doing every possible thing right from searching on search engines to visiting all the campuses in near by regions and assessing study patterns,formats, play way facilities available, day boarding facility and security systems in the school to ensure security and overall development of the child.
In recent times various policies have been framed in different nations for governing processes in play schools. Committees have been made in these nations for setting up guide lines right from setup of the school to day to day operations.Policies are made for approvals,day to day operations,security systems,monitoring and adherence to guidelines.Although this have been seen that these guide lines are flagrantly violated.
Although media have highlighted this sorry stage many times and suggested changes for these committes,but somehow all in vain.In era of global revolution parents are very aware and thus try every possible alternate while admitting the child in the play school.They are also very much aware of rights of parents and do try to keep best of checks so as to make it win win situation for themselves.
Thus in this situation quality services of any play school plays a very significant role. Today although one side of the coin is that parents are very aware and concerned for well being of their child but on the other side the they are lacking in a area of major concern.that is time for the children. Parents are not able to devote time to their child thus contributing less in upbringing them.In this particularly scenario if they are able to find best play school,gap is filled up automatically.
Play schools have replaced both preparatory schools & day boarding centers.Now parents consider play schools as a necessary place where IQ of the child is developed and a child is able to perform better while interviews in admission process of reputed schools. Usually play schools use Montessori techniques for teaching and therefore they are also known as Montessori schools.
Play Schools – An Urbanized Affair
Play schools are still largely an urban phenomenon due to the rise in nuclear set ups of families (people mostly migrate to urban regions in search of better livelihood opportunities) coupled with the shortage of quality day care services.
Play schools double up as learning centres as well as day cares. Often, play schools extend into day care centres providing a viable option to parents, who are fearful of leaving their child in the care of people other than family members.
Forays into the non-urban market are not entirely absent.Bragnam Learning, have initiated the same and are thus working on Rural models also. This is first-of-its-kind initiative of any Brand providing the lucrative aspect of the business of pre-schooling to entrepreneurs in rural regions also.Bragnam learning have made less investment models for partners who wants to serve society and want to do the same in rural areas.
Play Schools – A Function of Changing Attitudes and Increased Resources
People living in urban regions, have greater access to resources then as compared to people residing in low population regions. They also get more exposure to global standards in education and are the so-called ‘global citizens’. Such parents often view play schools as ‘necessary’ and have created a market for the same.
Attitudinal changes have also contributed to a growing demand for play schools. Parents no longer find wisdom in cocooning the child to the confines of the home. They understand a child’s need for companionship, space, a place to interact freely and indulge in games that contribute to his or her development. Play schools usually have their curriculum built around these needs and are a welcome proposition for parents.
Play Schools and their Benefits – The Debate
The debate over whether a play school scores over the home environment in the development of a child continues to have takers on both sides.In developed nations, the concept of play schools have been around for sometime,but in developing countries it is relatively new. Many play schools started coming up in the early 1990s. However, there has been a mushrooming of such schools in most urban neighborhoods. Clearly, the demand for these schools seems to be sustainable and growing.
Few of the very obvious benefits that accrue out of going to a play school are language acquisition, training in age-appropriate behaviour, learning relevant concepts in congruence with age, increased association with peers, social adaptability and of course admission demands. Bragnam play schools use guided play methods, simulative exercises, stories, toys and other fun exercises to teach children concepts that they would require as social beings.
The other side of the coin essentially focuses around the forced weaning away of the child and its repercussions, such as ‘Separation Anxiety’, which can have long term consequences. A child usually learns with age, the appropriate behavioral patterns as a part of natural progression. A play school, which is an alien ground for the child, can hardly have a role to play in this, it is argued.
Nevertheless, play schools are becoming a huge draw in urban world and children of age as less as like of two years of age are sent to these schools for limited hours. The teacher-student ratio in Bragnam schools is usually around 1:10, which ensures that each child receives enough love and attention.
At the end of it all, a parent has a child, who is more self-reliant, sociable and well versed with most concepts in accordance with his age. This makes Bragnam play schools very popular with parents and especially those with kids, who are in line for the admission process for tomorrow.
So far, the discussion has revolved around the demand for play schools. Prima facia, play schools require capital and space as primary investments. This has led to a spiraling of play schools, but most fall short in the essential delivery of services. For example, the smaller play schools are not even aware of the Montessori methods of teaching. Often, schools fail in their promises and their callous attitude can be very costly indeed.
However, increased competition and market responses have ensured that brand positioning and thus quality service delivery is the only way to attract more students and thus grow bigger. This has separated Bragnam from the organic ones as Bragnam tends to have global presence, . Quality is ensured only by huge personal investments like leadership, commitment of staff, trained personnel and of course synergy of energy.
Choosing Wisely – A Guide
Sending a child to a play school is not a very simple decision and requires a fair amount of homework. Some of the things a parent ought to consider besides the infrastructural facilities are things like the philosophy and vision of the school and its congruence with one’s own child-rearing ideas. Speaking to the staff and seeing if they are patient in giving answers, observing other children, taking into account the teacher-student ratio, cleanliness, helpfulness of attendants etc. should be important deciding factors. The affordability of the play school is an overriding question though but still is a very prime factor as in many other play schools parents end up paying more for all that is already a part of Bragnam curriculum and delivery.
The last word of decision in sending a child to school does rest with the parents, and the most vital question a parent should be asking is himself is that is he comfortable in sending the child outside the home, even for few hours? The decision should closely include factors as existence of familiar support and the level of maturity in the child. All children are not the same and so Bragnam play school suits to almost all as per our child care-policy. So, a careful assessment should precede the decision on what is best for your child.