Preschools Offer WIDE ARRAY OF OPPORTUNITIES
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Preschools Offer WIDE ARRAY OF OPPORTUNITIES

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The preschool education market, largely unregulated, is set for a 26 per cent growth over the next few years as per the Indian Education Investment Report 2014. It exemplifies the opportunity for education providers to enter preschool education, says Yash Birla, Chairman, Yash Birla Group

In the crowd of preschools in the country what are the features one should check to view a preschool in best category?
There are four aspects to this — trained teachers, enriched and engaging learning environment, developmentally appropriate curriculum and parent – school connect. Preschools that fulfil these four aspects suitably, can get defined as ‘best’ preschool.

What sets apart a preschool from others?
The vision and philosophy of a preschool when is aligned with the Principles of early childhood development and all involved appreciate, understand and follow the same with full conviction, the particular preschool stands to be above others.

How do you think safety and comfort of toddlers can be ensured with modern-day furniture in preschool?
Safety and comfort of toddlers in a preschool is of prime importance. The modern day furniture that is available these days is often well designed keeping in mind the young child and its use. However, when we choose equipments for preschools, we must keep factors like durability, aesthetics and storage facilities in mind.

Best preschools get defined by trained teachers, enriched and engaging learning environment, developmentally appropriate curriculum and parent – school connect

How much surveillance is vital in modern times for preschools?
Surveillance is vital in today’s times. Something that was considered a luxury few years ago has become need of the hour. More so because of the growing trend in both working parents, single parenthood and breaking of joint families. Also, the rise in crimes with kids is on the rise. For parents to feel safe while leaving children at school, it is important that we have surveillance at all times.

Most common method employed these days at preschools is the installation of cameras with live access to parents. This gives parents the confidence about the quality of child care at the preschool and also ensure a positive connect between the parents and the school. Also, the schools have now moved on to school specific apps that enables a parent to log in at their convenience and interact with the teachers to understand the progress of their child.

What are the investment opportunities in the preschool space in the country?
The preschool education market, largely unregulated, is set for a 26 per cent growth over the next few years as per the Indian Education Investment Report 2014.

This exemplifies the opportunity for education providers like us to enter preschool education.

The current spending on education stands at INR 1,035 per month for an urban household and INR 293 for a rural household. However, consumers are willing to spend even higher amounts if given access to quality education and this has brought private players to the forefront. Likewise, the private sector is rapidly spreading its horizon in the education market and currently accounts for 48 per cent of its total revenue. Realising the pertinence of private sector to uplift Indian education, the government has launched Public Private Partnerships (PPP) to invest in the education market. So, at BEL we are very optimistic of our future growth while serving the society at large with quality education for the young generation of tomorrow.

 

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