Shouldering child education

Maple Bear considers making children learn a huge responsibility and follows highest possible standards of professional performance and integrity. Hazel Siromoni, Managing Director, Maple Bear India tells Elets News Network (ENN) about Maple Bear’s franchise system, quality standards, expansion plans and more

As we know pre-school is often a child’s introduction to the world of education, what role does a pre-school educator and facility play in the child’s future?

Pre-school educator/facilitator and environment plays a key and significant role in a child’s first step to learning, which has a lifelong influence on the child’s future. Indeed, it is not an easy task to run a pre-school, considering the responsibility to educate young minds. Maple Bear believes that when children enter school, they regard learning as a pleasurable experience. Therefore, they are naturally inclined towards it and eager to learn. It is important for us that the programmes are reinforced and built on this positive attitude and to offer varied stimulating and enjoyable experiences to children. Teachers integrate subject knowledge into a variety of active techniques that are suitable for various developmental stages of the children. Maple Bear schools have high learning expectations of children, within a healthy, stimulating and supportive learning environment.

“Franchises enable not only sharing of expenses, but also knowledge, experience, brand image, as well as technical expertise.” How far do you agree?

The question is quite complex. However, as far as Maple Bear franchising system is concerned, we offer opportunity to entrepreneurs who are not from education sector, especially an end-to-end solution without them to spend resources and time in reinventing the wheel. On the other hand, our main focus is on implementing the curriculum and maintain the high standards and benchmarks that Maple Bear expects.

What is the set of quality standards which your brand is associated to?

We believe in very high standards. We have rigorous systems to ensure quality on continuous and consistent basis, providing a 360-degree quality assurance. Maple Bear shares the belief that educating young people is a huge responsibility, given by parents and society. Our actions must, therefore, reflect the highest possible standards of professional performance and integrity.

Are you planning to expand your pre-school franchise further? If yes, then how?

Yes, we certainly are on an expansion mode across the country. We firmly believe that our existing franchises, teachers and parents are our brand ambassadors, who share about their experiences and attract many others to pursue or replicate a similar success story for themselves.

What is the investment required for starting a pre-school?

For starting a Maple Bear Canadian Pre-school, you need between Rs 15-30 lakhs as initial investment. However, it varies depending on the type of the city and condition of the infrastructure available.

What is the first step towards establishing a brand or buying a franchise?

Most importantly, the first step is to follow the brand requirements in creating a Maple Bear space as per the international standards and benchmarks, keeping the child in the centre of all. This is followed by creating opportunities of experiencing the learning and care giving environment of a Maple Bear preschool and day care.

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