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Playschool Admission

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Monisha Sen has just finished the admission process for her one and a half year old, and heaves a sigh of relief!

It's that time of the year again, when mothers of babies who turned one last year are going through schools and admissions. For the uninitiated, these tots will be in playschool now. Yes, by the time they are one and a half, come June, these little ones will be in school for two hours every day, accompanied by water bottles, snacks and a change of diaper.

I have seen parents waiting for the post, anxious to know whether their child has been admitted - to a playschool! This is especially true in South Mumbai, where there are a lot more children than there are quality schools.

Unfortunately, I am one of those who endorse sending little ones to playschool and nursery. It is beyond me to keep my one-year-old active, stimulated and interested. So I too have succumbed to all the heartburn. We mothers have just about finished all the research and discussions about the pros and cons of the various nurseries. And been through the anxiety of admission worthy of post graduate studies…

Along with other moms in the playground where I take my children, I too can discourse knowledgeably about the benefits of the Montessory Method and the Play Way Method. I have heard and recounted horror stories about nurseries that are supposedly popular as they start training these little babies for school interviews. And how important a well-known brand name is for a nursery, and which brands are better (read: makes it easier to do well in school interviews).

I have visited nurseries that are so colourful and lively that I have longed for my children to be able to spend their two/ three hours there. I have heard about PTA meetings that some nurseries insist on, and wondered if I am up to it myself.

I have been part of the debate about whether young girls make better nursery teachers than older, soberer ladies. Whether young teachers make learning more fun, and if children have a tougher time settling into school routine as they go into "big school". Or when the teachers are older, they are better able to deal with our precious brats with more patience, and will be able to keep them safely busy.

I often wonder whether a large class of forty-one students indicates how popular and good a school is, or do children do better in a smaller class where they can get more attention. I have even compared the ayah-child ratio in my analysis!

Fathers, too, are not immune to this pressure. While shopping for the nursery, even dads are roped in to make the rounds, see the classes, meet the teachers, collect the forms and generally make themselves useful in the decision process.

I cannot help but wish I could do what parents of my generation did; pack us off to any local nursery, as long as it is not in someone's verandah! And we would meet here the same children we would play with in the local park, and later on, we would all go to the same schools - thus forming foundations of friendships that would last through our childhood and beyond.

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Stutee Saini.4 years ago
Today parents pressurize their kids for taking an admission in a playschool. After reading this article, I remember my kid’s admission in Orchids International. I taught my kid well with the basic things like alphabets, numbers and a few colors, name of vegetables, fruits and so on. But the teachers at Orchids were really kind and my kid felt comfortable and answered for their questions easily.
bobo.8 years ago
it is just not right to send a child to school at an young is true that it is difficult to find children to play with the child but the parents shold understand doing so is only detrimental to the child
Ajay Jain.8 years ago
this is happening in a country where the illiteracy rate is high. i am one of the parents doing the rounds of school my child is about to complete 3 years. but you know my son is not eligible for admission in few of the good schools. why?
the admission into that school is between 14 months to 2.5 years. yes can you believe to my horror after most of the parents standing in queues from morning 5am till 10am and then you are told that you are not eligible to even fill up the forms. almost more 500 hundred parents were sent back. the school does not even put on the notice board when is the date for filling up the forms and the age criteria. and they claim all admissions are full.

is it because of the donations ???

how can a school complete its admission procedure without giving everybody a fair chance to fill up the forms.

this happened on one of the so called good school in south mumbai near jaslok hospital on 7th january 2008.

i wonder something can be done legally about the admission procedure like in delhi.
Archie.8 years ago
and here we (husband and self) felt guilty sending our daughter, who's just 2 years 5 months old. we thought that she is too young to join nursery, but her 'josh' at going to school 'coz she sees her her elder brother off to his school made it a little bit easy for us.
anushkaprabhu.8 years ago
i like this article very much. your concept is very boy also two year i also serch good playschool for him .
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