New trend among parents,sending one-year-old children to play schools

Pre-play schools have become popular these days,especially among parents who are not able to spend adequate time with their children due to their work.

Written by Ifrah Mufti | Chandigarh | Published: July 23, 2013 3:04 am

Pre-play schools have become popular these days,especially among parents who are not able to spend adequate time with their children due to their work. Earlier,parents used to send their children to plays chools after they had attained an age of two or above,but now,the city’s plays chools are seeing an increasing number of 18-month-old toddlers and even one-year-old infants being brought in for admission.

Parents are increasingly comparing facilities provided by different plays schools and day-care centres,in order to ensure that their children can get an ideal homely and friendly ambience. They expect schools to have compassionate staff,hygienic standards,flexible timings and lots of physical activities. With sand beds,splash pools,pottery area,tree house,gyms,libraries,Montessori labs,play stations,walls painted with cartoon characters,decorative furniture,play schools are designed in extension of homes.

Keeping pace with the fast changing trends in the school education,play schools are also going hi-tech attracting more kids across the city. Projectors,television sets,smart boards and DVDs are the means used to keep the tiny-tots involved.

Director of Euro Kids sector 18,Mona Verma said,“The strength of the pre-play school kids has increased a lot in the past two years. Earlier,majority of the children who came to play schools had working parents where as rest of them came from the families that expected their wards to be trained in prestigious schools,now the situation is that even the housewives enroll their kids in play-schools such that they can be accustomed to the school conditions.”

“Parents seek security and special attention towards their kids for they find pre-play schools a safer alternative after their homes. Though it is surprising that parents have started coming up with their 15-month-old kids also for admission,” added the Director. Child world sector 38,fully equipped creche cum pre-school,is equipped with latest toys and play way education which provides day care facility till 6:30. The co-ordinator RS Chandok said,“Our school is more of a creche,we have nannies who could take care of 2-3 month-old infant also and the working parents do come,asking if we could give enough attention to their infant or toddler.”

Vandana Singh,Headmistress at First steps school sector 26 said,“It has become quite a common trend among parents to send their toddlers to play schools because play schools hold a vital role in building up a child’s personality from an early age. The usual timings are 9-12:30 but parents are free to pick up their child anytime they wish to. The strength of the pre-play school kids increases every year. Till last year,we had 18-month-old and above kids but this year,we have two 1-year-old infants in the school who remains with us till 6:30. One-year-old kis cannot involve mush in the activities so we help him/her with hand and leg movements and allow him/her to play with toys. The Infosys company wants to tie-up with us for they could send their 8-9 month-old children here for the day boarding facility.”

While The Gurukul Global School,Manimajra prefer to admit children not below the age of two. The child should be 2-year-old and above to qualify for the admission in the school.

Kinder pillar play-school sector 46 provides the same facilities including well designed classrooms,colorful walls for different age-groups,furniture,puzzle games,riding swings etc. The franchise manager Hardeep Singh said,“On the counselling day,parents look for the infrastructure to see if their child would enjoy or not. Because of the infrastructure and the facilities available at the play-school,working parents feel that they can rely on play-schools for their child’s safety.”

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