The current preschool scenario in India will witness a tremendous growth in the coming years, despite the challenges, says Ms Neeta Singh, Principal, Little Wings School, Ranchi in conversation with Reetika Bose of Elets News Network (ENN).
Tell us the vision and mission of Little Wings School.
Little Wings School, Ranchi was established in 2011 with a vision to inculcate the values of education in a fully inclusive environment with equal opportunities for all. Every children should love their learning, achieve their potential and become independent lifelong learners. Our mission is to ensure a positive and productive, physical and cultural environment and advance excellence in teaching. We are committed to maintaining a systematic and continuous assessment program for every student.
What are the activities and play based learning that encourage the holistic development of the child?
Play based activities increase flexibility and improves potential for learning in later life. Keeping this in mind, we have focused our curriculum on holistic education by including yoga, value education, different dance forms, singing, instruments like keyboard and tabla, self defense activities, musical bands etc. It is a matter of pride that Little Wings have the youngest band troop of Jharkhand and has performed in the presence of Hon’ble Governor and Chief Minister of Jharkhand. Engaging in several activities help in building their leadership qualities during any school programmes.
What are the initiatives taken at Little Wings that make you one of the best preschools in Ranchi?
It is very important for us to provide a healthy, happy and relaxed atmosphere for the children. Making the classrooms environment friendly for the students, providing training to teachers are some of our initiatives. Keeping the safety in mind, we implemented some features like CCTV cameras, well equipped GPS tracking for the vehicles, etc. Students take part in the activities like to fulfill social accountability too by visiting orphanage, distributing, fruits and sweets and spending time among them, distributing clothes to the poor, plantation drives, etc.
How is technology integrated in the classrooms and how different it is from other preschools?
Technology is the vehicle to engage students in a more active role in the learning process. Technological devices and applications make the classroom environment more exciting for the children. High tech classrooms and digital black boards are the special features in Little Wings. In order to keep our children connected with the outside world, we organise documentaries and tell them inspirational life stories of our real heroes. This keeps them engaged in everyday learning that makes our school different from other schools.
Where is the future of preschool segment in India vrooming towards?
Preschool education is an early childhood education trend that is catching up fast in India. As per the market research, in the next three to four years the preschool sector in India is likely to achieve a compound annual growth rate of approximately 32%. The growth factors include an improved standard of living and increasing demand for pre-primary education and increase in the number of working mothers. Despite one of the growing sectors in India, it has its own challenges. The current scenario suggests that the preschool sector in India will witness a tremendous growth in the coming years, despite the challenges.