Curriculum


The aim of our skill development programme is to develop educators who:

  • will maximize their potential as an educator
  • will develop a deep understanding of the learning process in children
  • will be able to facilitate learning in diverse types of learners
  • can function in varied learning environments
  • can use varied techniques, skills, assessment processes
  • can design a stimulating environment for an early childhood space
  • are able to develop and implement diverse curricula
  • are ethical and professional in the conduct of their responsibilities and in dealing with the children, colleagues and parents
  • are willing to continue to acquire and utilize new knowledge, process and technology in order to better fulfil their role as a teacher
  • Our unique curriculum leans heavily towards hands on practical classes. Innovative ways to teach are also a unique feature of our programme. The curriculum is divided into two parts - the knowledge and the skills required for teaching. The trainees engage in research work, lesson planning, guided observation, analysis of children's behaviour, planning enabling environments etc. They attend personality development workshops that expand their minds, enhance their skills and help them appreciate the world around.

    Trainees are provided help in making their Bio-data and overcoming inhibitions about interviews.

    THE KNOWLEDGE

    Child development

    This is an introduction to the study of the development of a child from conception to 7 years. It includes the study of physical, emotional, social and cognitive aspects of development keeping in mind norms and deviations from the norm. Child study methods are also introduced.

    Philosophy of education

    The course will give an overview of different philosophies and approaches to education, namely, the Montessori Approach, Reggio Emilia Approach, Waldorf Approach, Primary Years Program, Aurobindo, Gurukul system and the Pallavan Approach. It will provide the historical and cultural background, the central operating principles, classroom environment, role of the teacher, pedagogical materials used, involvement of parents, benefits and criticism of the above approaches.

    Educational psychology

    This module introduces trainees to some fundamental theories of Educational Psychology and the various approaches of Child Psychologists. It will help the trainees by directing their attention to those variables that are crucial in finding solutions for effective learning.

    We will also have short modules and workshops on:

  • Art appreciation
  • Technology in the preschool
  • Indian philosophies of education
  • Field visits
  • THE SKILLS

    Communications, Assessment, Strategies and Environment; these are at the heart of any effective preschool programme. It can be the difference between an ordinary and an exceptional educator.

    Communications and interpersonal skills

    An introduction to effective communication including, communication with children, parents and peers.

    Assessment and reporting

    Assessment is done to track a child's progress as to well as serve as a feed back for the educator to plan and implement more effectively. In this module trainees will learn to do both. They will also learn to report their observations to the parents in a written as well as verbal format effectively.

    Classroom strategies

    This module will equip the trainee to deal with classroom situations, including behaviour management. They will learn effective ways of setting up the various preschool activities so that that they are conducive to learning. This module will also enable trainees to plan for the week, for the day, for each activity and for the individual child.

    Enabling environment

    The trainees will learn how to set up an enabling environment from the child's point of view as well as from the point of view of parents and educators. This will include space and safety management, curriculum development and systems in a pre-school.

    The other shorter modules and workshops for skill development will cover

  • "Cool Class" techniques - a Pallavan experience
  • Personality development
  • Baatcheet techniques
  • Conflict resolution - Drama, Debates and discussions
  • Creative cookery for children - healthy nashtas
  • Making an effective CV
  • Interview skills
  • First aid workshop
  • Field visits for skill enhancement
  • workshops for different classroom strategies
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