There is no disputing the reality about years 0-5 being the most important when it comes to mental development in an infant. It is therefore crucial that the right curriculum is followed by preschools, caretakers, nursery schools and Montessori institutions. The EYFS preschool curriculum in India has been designed keeping this in view. The curriculum recognizes the roles played by teachers, parents and peer group in the schools and also lays down responsibilities.
Early intervention remains key to a child’s rapid mental development
The curriculum has been prepared to ensure early intervention principles are adhered to. An inclusive approach and standardization across preschools is the highlight of this curriculum. Right from how the infrastructure should be to the quality of teaching faculty, the play timings, the teacher to child ratio and how teachers should involve parents have all been clearly laid out. This gets rid of any anomalies and is one of the main reasons for the success of this curriculum.
Moreover, teachers too have tools that are standardized for easier and better education delivery. They are selected based on strict criteria that ensure high quality. Only those who have completed Level 3 in Early Years Education and Level 2 completion in Math and English are selected as teaching faculty.
When they speak to parents about the progress of children to parents, there is better participation from parents and they are willing to put in efforts at home to guide their children. The outcome is a healthy parent-teacher partnership that leads to children feeling secure and not intimidated.
EYFS preschool curriculum focuses on the following:
- Comprehensive overall development of the child.
• Communication skills improvement with language skills
• Overall physical improvement with emphasis on play time and outdoor activities
The above objectives are met along with focus on other specific areas such as:
- Math proficiency and ability to understand abstract concepts
• Awareness of world affairs
• Exposure to creative arts, drama, music in order to stimulate latent talents in children
The progress of the child through the year is tracked based on these 6 main aspects that are further divided into 17 sub aspects. The target is to achieve early learning goals for each of the aspects for each child.
We as EYFS consultants in the field of early childhood education can help schools implement this curriculum.
We can help in developing EYFS planning templates; eyfs daily planning sheets, suggest appropriate early years planning ideas so that the development of the preschool takes place based on international standards