TIPS KINDERCARE PROGRAM
Our Belief System
At TIPS, we embrace a child-centered philosophy that promotes creative thinking and lifelong learning. Our educators are dedicated to inspiring children to achieve the very highest standards in all their endeavors as they progress their educational journey with us. Through partnerships with parents, we strive to make every academic dream a reality.
To nurture inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young lifelong learners who are engaged citizens of our world through intercultural understanding & respect.
Envisioning the plan of action
At TIPS, we believe each individual to develop into a global citizen who have knowledge, compassion, leadership and are empowered to stand up to the challenges to understand our world and improve conditions for local and global communities.
WHAT IS EARLY YEARS’ LEARNING?
Early years learning
The Pre-School Learning Curriculum is designed in a progressive manner for three years of preschool education before Class I, for children between the ages of 3–5 years. The document is based on developmentally appropriate approaches and it defines the vital role of preschool teachers and parents in connecting the key concepts and skills, goals, pedagogical processes and practices, and ultimately leading to the achievement of early learning outcomes.
Aims of early years education
- Providing strong foundations for all round development and life-long learning.
- Providing opportunities for developing and nurturing Habits of Mind.
- Preparing the child for school.
Objectives of early years education
- To ensure child-friendly environment where each child is valued, and respected, feels safe, and secure and develops a positive self-concept.
- To enable a sound foundation for good health, well-being, nutrition, healthy habits and hygiene.
- To enable children to become effective communicators and foster both receptive and expressive language.
- To help children become involved learners, think critically, be creative, collaborate, communicate and connect with their immediate environment.
- To enable a smooth transition of children from preschool to primary schools.
- To work as partners with parents and community to enable each child to flourish.
Guiding principles for early years curriculum
In the light of emerging needs and new developments in early years education, an attempt is being made to ensure that the present curriculum is holistic, developmentally appropriate, indigenous, and most importantly play and activity based. Thus, the curriculum is drawn from the following guiding principles:
- Learning is continuous and cumulative
- Each child is different and grows, learns and develops on one’s own pace
- Play and activity are the primary context of learning and development
- Children learn by being provided the environment for experiential learning
- Responsive and supportive interactions with adults are essential to children’s learning
- Mother tongue or home language should be the medium of instruction
- Family involvement contributes to learning
Annual Curriculum Plan
Children imbibe through relationship with other people and also from their surroundings. It is never too early to introduce Social skills. We can start right at the toddler stage. Most toddlers play by themselves, and are happy playing alongside each other. To help them interact with others, we introduce them to activities involving dialogs, conflicts and negotiations. Issues may arise, and this is when we start teaching them about being gentle, taking turns, shaking hands, and making friends.
Toddlers are full of emotions, and it is important to show them how to express their emotions. Else it may end up in frustrations. Teaching simple sign language and body language and also introduce a few words helps express themselves. While some toddlers may learn to use phrases, others may continue needing help with sign language. Each child is guided according to their needs.
Gross motor skills
Developing their big muscles is very important. We teach them to move their bodies first and then to walk, run, hop, skip, balance and more through individual and group activities by which they develop their muscles.
Fine motor skills
Toddlers are also ready to experiment with their fine motor skills. We introduce them to Montessori based practical life activities like folding napkins, spooning, sorting and sponge squeezing.
Music and dance is a great way for children to shed their inhibitions and relax and express their feelings, especially since they may not be able to put their emotions in words. The little dancers learn the skills of balancing, controlling and coordinating their body parts. Through music, toddlers learn sounds, words, rhythm and patterns which help in stimulating the connections in their growing brain.
Art and craft
Practice of Art and Crafts develops many skills in young children. Using both hands together helps in their bilateral coordination. They develop patience as they wait for their turn to use the paint or glue. It gives the children confidence when they take ownership for something they have created by themselves and seeing it displayed in their classroom walls. In the early years, we also use Art and craft to help children learn some Math and Science concepts.