With an aim to create global leaders who will lead this world to a happier tomorrow, the journey of Oi Playschool began in 2010 with its flagship centre in Hyderabad. Today, Oi Playschool has spread its wings to multiple cities, winning an array of titles, says Prasanna Mandava, Director, People Combine Playschool Initiatives Pvt Ltd, in conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).
How does Oi Playschool’s philosophy help developing strong foundation in early childhood?
At Oi Playschool, we are committed to prepare children for a life beyond school. Children are little explorers who cherish being able to explore and experience than being told and taught. Thus, young minds at Oi are provided with an environment that radiates happiness and allows them to learn through interactive, fun, sensorial and engaging experiences. The roots of our playschool philosophy originate from theories of renowned psychologists – Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson and Lev Vygotsky.
What are the various programs conducted by Oi Playschool for holistic development of kids?
At Oi, innovation is the order of the day and we are “Committed to create global leaders, in partnership with parents through our early childhood program”. Through continuous innovation and developing new programmes, we strive to make learning more fun, while staying a step ahead in safety, security & hygiene.
- Toddler Programme (1.5-2.5 years) at Oi focuses on child’s primary areas of development such as Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Social skills, Emotional skills, Communication skills and Cognitive skills
- Nursery Programme (2.5-3.5 years) is a blend of sensorial development where Oi provides materials required to stimulate curiosity, exploration and creativity coupled with thematic discoveries of constructive learning.
- PP-1 and PP-2 (3.5-5.5 years) are designed to get kids ready for school by introducing them to world of words, letters, math concepts, simple science tasks, patterns, classification and identification.
What are the best practices adopted by the playschool in its curriculum for all-round growth of students?
Children learn best by doing, and at Oi Playschool we nurture the abilities of our little discoverers at every step. Putting this belief into practice, we have adopted a “Developmental approach” in our curriculum. This approach allows our facilitators to be sensitive to each child and thereby strategise to promote optimum growth and development in them. Our teachers are extensively trained through our Elevate Teacher programme to smoothly deliver/drive the curriculum.
Aiding our development approach, the custom-designed ambience allows us to safely cater to children. Our centres are equipped with paramount hygiene, and safety measures such as – lady security guards, and CCTV surveillance.
How does Oi Playschool ensure active participation of parents to be aware about their wards’ performance?
Parents play a major role in the development of a child as they are one of the greatest influencers. Oi partners with parents, encouraging them to be actively involved in the child’s learning process. Through a series of events and activities over the year, parents and children come together to cherish their learnings and make fond memories. This is how we motivate parents to be an effective partner in encouraging independence, fostering creativity, instilling confidence & developing values of love and trust.
Our centres are known and appreciated by its parent partners for its unique parent involvement activities. So much that, Oi has been ranked first for Safety, Hygiene and Parent Involvement by the Eduation World Ranking 2017-18.