Having a sharp focus on student-centric approach, Joylap preschool refrains from using the word teacher, and instead uses the word mentor. This slight change in approach has helped a lot in bridging the gap between teachers and students, says Mamta Bansal, Managing Director, Joylap Preschool, in an interview with Elets News Network (ENN).
How is Joylap helping its students build a strong foundation of future?
Joylap, as the name suggests, provides a ‘lap of joy’ to the ‘budding flowers’. We create a favourable environment and deliver curriculum to ignite the spirit of enquiry, creativity and moral leadership among our students.
We empower our children to have freedom of thought and promote critical thinking, problem solving skills, communication skills, collaborative approach, global awareness and social responsibility. We help them become green ambassadors of peace and happiness.
The school utilises the Tabkids technology (first time in north India) to connect children to the world of technology from the initial stages. Could you elaborate more on this?
We are about two decades old in this digital era. Tabkids is a next generation activity-based education platform which enhances self-interactive learning and assessment. It ensures that children understand and retain all the key concepts better and faster. We, at Joylap, use the Tabkids technology to provide a proper direction to the inquisitiveness of kids, though it forms only 10 per cent of the curriculum.
Tell us about the multi-sensory active learning system used at Joylap.
The multi-sensory active learning system involves using two or more human senses in the same activity. When this approach is used with the toddlers, the brain’s ability to reorganise itself and form new connections throughout life is highly enhanced. It increases concentration and focus, develops sense of cause and effect, improves communication and sharing, and promotes mental and physical relaxation. It brings fun, joy and creativity to an activity through active involvement of kids. It is a win-win situation both for children as well as parents. With the help of this system, learning becomes an opportunity for the child to explore, learn and grow.
A good two-way communication between parents and the staff of Joylap is one of the key factors to ensure holistic development of the children. Various modes of communication, participation and acknowledgement are incorporated to focus on the learning of the child.
Which teaching methodologies are adopted by Joylap to stimulate the children’s growth and learning processes in a preschool environment?
At Joylap, we focus on a student-centric approach. We refrain from using the word ‘teacher’ because we don’t teach, but facilitate. We have mentors rather than teachers. This light change has helped a lot in bridging the gap between teachers and students. Our mentors and children have one-toone interactions that leads to higher achievement — promoting both team and class building. The lesson plans are tailored to meet the individual needs of students. Allowing children to select activities based on their areas of interest is an excellent motivation for kids.
How cordial relationship between parents and preschool staff plays a crucial role in the holistic development of children?
A good two-way communication between parents and the staff of Joylap is one of the key factors to ensure holistic development of the children. Various modes of communication, participation and acknowledgement are incorporated to focus on the learning of the child. Besides maintaining a healthy parent-teacher relationship, we have also succeeded in contributing towards husbandwife- child relationship to an extent, with an aim to spread happiness all around.