Published: 09th November 2021
Special curriculum designed for toddlers as preschools reopen across Karnataka
The new curriculum will focus on activities and interactions that will help them adapt to social situations
Karnataka government-run preschools, Lower Kindergarten (LKG) and Upper Kindergarten (UKG) have reopened on Monday, November 8, across the state after a gap of 18 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a special curriculum prepared to acclimatise the toddlers to in-person learning, officials announced. The new curriculum will focus on activities and interactions that will help them adapt to social situations after remaining confined to their homes during the lockdown period.
While government preschools, including Anganwadis, reopened on Monday, private schools have begun the process of getting parental consent for the same age groups. They are likely to commence classes as and when clearance is given by the respective franchisees. The State Education Department is upbeat about this development as it will result in the complete reopening of schools in the state after remaining closed since March 2020, the officials said.
Meanwhile, more and more parents are reaching out to school management seeking resumption of classes. KVS Seshasai, CEO of the PreK division of EuroKids International and Kangaroo Kids, said, "We have been ready with our resumption and safety protocols for the past two to three weeks. The protocols include government guidelines and directives given by the UNICEF and WHO. We have been extensively training our partners on how to resume preschools safely. Once the government's nod and parental consent are obtained, classes shall resume."
Over the last 18 months, children are predominantly spending time with their parents without much social interaction. "When they return, the first priority is not to get them into the learning process. The first priority is to settle them down," he said. According to the WHO guidelines, masks are not mandatory for children below the age of five. "We will ensure that the staff is fully vaccinated, classrooms are extremely hygienic and disinfected properly, proper ventilation is provided. Initially, the classes will begin with less numbers for two to three days and gradually it will be increased," Seshasai said.
Pushpa Hawargi, who runs EuroKids at Rukmini Nagar and Jalahalli Cross in Bengaluru, said that the focus would be on bringing the children back to routine gradually, which might take 1 to 15 days. "The ages from 2 to 6 are crucial for children as their receptibility at this age is like a sponge. The importance will be given to holistic development of a kid. We are ready with all precautions," she said, adding that the children will be safer in schools than in malls and restaurants.