International Journal of Advanced Education and Research

International Journal of Advanced Education and Research


International Journal of Advanced Education and Research
International Journal of Advanced Education and Research
Vol. 1, Issue 3 (2016)

Pre-Primary Education: First Step towards Future


Goldy Gupta

Due to rapidly changing socio-economic conditions, structure of the family also get changed; from joint families to nuclear families in which both parents are going outside for jobs and have no time for their child. To overcome this problem, urban and semi-urban areas, parents send their children to Pre- primary schools or play schools, where learning and playing go side by side. Pre-primary schools generally mean an educational establishment offering pre-primary education before the formal compulsory primary education. It is the basic level of education. It lays the foundation of knowledge in the children and enhances their personality traits. These are not only to prepare children for further schooling but also get acquainted them essential values and grooms them physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Play related activities are of fundamental importance for children in the former years of life. But, some modern Pre-primary schools have totally forgotten the purpose of pre-primary education and the importance of non-formal education at this level. They set their own standard, curriculum and policy. So, there is a need of universal curriculum and guidelines for these schools, as Pre-primary education is necessary for all. People still think, education means just academic development. Parents exert pressure on young kids to acquire academic skills at the age of freedom of learning. It is the age in which, a child is free to learn as a natural outcome of innate curiosity, playfulness and eagerness to experiment. The teaching methods should consist of presentation of sensory images, concrete objects and information in a pleasant way and permit them to observe and enquire about them without compelling them to memorize. Pre-primary schools should provide much needed support to parents to shape a child’s personality in the formative years of life.
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