Early Scope

Today Kinder Garden is really the Garden for the tiny tots: Jayanti Tambem

Thursday, January 28, 2016 | Hyderabad

Hyderabad: Internationally renowned early childhood educators Dr. Natalie Seer, Director, Rainbow School & Pepper Tree, Stanford University; Dr. Ezat Parnia, President, Hopkinton Consulting Group; Jayanti Tambem Executive Director, UCLA Early Care Education and Holly Elissa Bruno, Horward Alumni tell governments to fund more for early childhood education, asked to stop bringing academics into early childhood education, instead they requested to introduce education through play. 

They appealed to make early childhood education available and affordable. The school’s focus must move away from rote learning method to interactive way of learning. Schools must shift focus from teacher centric to child centric. They told parents and teachers to honour children for what they are. The four internationally renowned early childhood educators from all over the world were in city today for a two day specially curated Certificate Leadership Workshop for Childhood Professionals. The workshop was developed for the first time in India for the benefit of early childhood professionals. It was organized by LIFE India, a Leadership Institute for Early Years with the partnership with Hopkinton Consulting Group, USA. Early Childhood is a new , dynamic and emerging profession. Nearly 160 million children are in the age group of 1 to 6 year India. This makes India the country with highest number of children. 

According to rough estimates, we have 12, 500 main stream schools and with some of them having pre schools. Nearly 15 million Pre School Teachers are required in India. But, not many trained early childhood professionals are available. America is focusing more on this area. They brought legislation into this. They fund more. Finaland is the country which has done lot of work in this area. But, we Indians, lag behind in early childhood professional education, they observed. 

About 40 schools such as Meridian, Chirec, Glendale, Rockwool, Eurokids, Early Childhood Association and many others have nominated their teachers. Some of the topics covered in the workshop include Discovering Leadership Skills, Policies, Knowing Role of Leadership, How to make organization more effective, Team Building, Dealing with Uncertainties etc. The workshop was a three city workshop. After Pune, it is being organized in Hyderabad followed by another workshop to be held towards end of month in Bangalore. 

Interacting with the media on the sidelines of the workshop Jayanti observed that untrained are put in Teaching. B.Eds are not equipped to handle the needs of today’s kids. Teachers are supposed to handle curriculum, teaching, but they lag in leadership skills. Early Childhood Professionals are experts who if intervened early in life of the child they learn the most, because this is the age from 1 to 6 where their brain develops the most and also observe and grasp the most,. Engage kids in natural environment to make them most effective, she said. In Indian Education System the big beneficiaries are not students, but Text Book Publishers said Jayanti Tambem. 

Today World Needs more education workforce than ever before informed Dr. Ezat Parnia, President, Hopkinton Consulting Group, USA, the most sought after Early Childhood Education Consulting company Caring Children is not just taking care of them, nor baby sitting. It is about developing kids observed Dr. Natalie Seer, Director, Rainbow School & Pepper Tree, Stanford University The Indian School Curriculum shouldn’t just give answers must encourage kids to ask question and seek information. Develop curiosity all the three World Renowned Early Chidhoold Educators felt. 

The sensitive period for the kids to learn language is 2years. If they don’t do this, they will not become good communicators, she informed. Today Kinder Garden is not the Garden for the kids, she said. 

The Workshop helps early childhood professionals develop leadership skills, competencies and build healthy organizational cultures. The workshop is an experiential with focus on case studies, role-play and other interactive exercises. It offers you research based practices that helps you to lead through complex & turbulent, motivate your team and manage change. 

If you do not lay a strong foundation in early childhood, we will not produce confident adults and citizens, Then we will produce adults, who fail to handle conflicts, tend to commit suicide, bully every body. It is important that we must prepare them from early childhood, observed Dr. Natalie Seer.

Every parent today want their kids to go to IIT. They will go to IIT if their foundation is strong. Or else they will commit suicide, they will crumble there, observed Jayanti. India has the largest number of children in the world. They determine future of the kids and their world across the globe. Today what is most important is Social and Emotional skills in them. Why more people are in prison asked Dr. Ezat Parnia. If you open a school, you will close the prison. India has been the brain of the world. Nearly 10 to 15 per cent of Indians are in leadership positions across the globe. Which means Indian ancient way of teaching, gurukul education has been very good. We must go back to those roots, he observed. India could become the most effective model of education in the world, if they introduce early childhood education, he felt. 

USA a made it mandatory that one early childhood professional is needed for every 12 kids. “A Kaleidoscope of Children”, a book which is a guide for parents on how best to support their children in their early childhood was launched. It is authored by Jayanti Tambe. Early Childhood education is highly regarded in USA, said Dr. Natalie. There they feel that if one American Dollar is invested in this they could reap the benefits worth 7 dollars, she said. 

LIFE helps individuals realize their inner potential and harnesses skills and potentials to help them develop into future leaders. The learning based module helps individuals maximize their abilities. Leading in a time of uncertainty is difficult and complicated. Early childhood professionals and leaders need to possess the right tools to navigate through this complex journey during turbulent times. This institute provides research on the best practices that help leaders in the early childhood field to motivate teachers and manage change. The institute, through its thoroughly researched pedagogy enables future leaders to be the agents of change in their fields. 

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