The Little Crest blends the contemporary global thoughts ofEarly Childhood Education with the Indian cultural milieu and family values into one holistic learning environment that children love and enjoy. The Little Crest is founded on the philosophy that the ‘child is a competent learner’. As Piaget noted, children are born with a drive to make sense of the world around them. Hence at The Little Crest we provide an environment in which children learn better by exploring, experiencing and doing. By doing things with our competent teachers, rather than just by being told is of vital significance.
Admission Open for 2016 – 2017
About The Little Crest
The Little Crest is a unique preschool. The Little Crest blends the contemporary global thoughts of Early Childhood Education with the Indian Cultural milieu and family values into one holistic learning environment that children love and enjoy. The Little Crest is founded on the philosophy that the ‘Child is a competent learner’. As Piaget noted, children are born with a drive to make sense of the world around them. Hence at The Little Crest we provide an environment in which children learn better by exploring, experiencing and doing. By doing things with our competent teachers, rather than just by being told is of vital significance.
Outdoor sandpit area
All of our centers have an attractive, safe and exciting outdoor play area for children. The sand pit is an all day favorite with children. Outdoor play promotes kinesthetic intelligence. Given the challenges of finding safe and secure play area for children is progressively a challenge for young parents, teachers are keen to make observations of each child’s learning during the free play period. You will find their observations in your child’s ‘Leaps & Bounds’.
Our Curriculum New Zealand’s Early Childhood
Galileo once said, “You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself”. This is central to the experiential learning methods at The Little Crest. The Little Crest provides an environment in which children are free to choose an activity of interest and pursue it.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire” said W. B. Yeats the renowned Irish poet. At The Little Crest we believe that children are naturally inquisitive. We believe that all that we need to provide them with is a set of interesting learning aids and watch them learn and grow. There is a mix of self discovery and teacher directed learning when appropriate. It is not unusual to see one of our children running towards the teacher with the horse-shoe magnet having a “Eureka moment”!
Puzzles & Blocks
Our centers have a puzzle corner with a host of puzzles. You will find a number of our children quietly assembling the pieces of the jigsaw or making a tower or a bridge with the blocks. Puzzles and blocks promote the ‘spatial intelligence’ in children. On a typical day you will always find some of our children deeply engrossed with the puzzles and most often they do not need any adult supervision (they may even resist it)
The Little Crest is committed to promoting musical skills in children. Our centers have an array of musical instrument and CDs. Recitation of rhymes is another dimension to developing musical skills.
Children are also taught ‘all religion prayer’ at school to sensitize them to the rich tradition of India. Parents are encouraged to collect a CD with the recording of the prayer. (Parenting tip: It would be wonderful if you reinforce this at home by constantly playing it for your child)
Library is the most noticeable part of our centers. We provide an enriching environment where children develop their reading habits. This is supplemented with book reading session by our teachers. We like our children to develop a love for books and library early in their growing years. We also encourage parents to borrow books from our centers and develop the habit of reading a book to your child before putting it to bed!
Outdoor water play area
The Little Crest provides a enriching & safe water play area. Children are provided with a water-proof aprons while they enjoy themselves. Typical aids provided are water wheels, boats, floatation gadgets etc. On a warm sunny day, you would notice our children playing endlessly at the water wheel.
Art & Craft
Art & craft corner is a replete with aids for children to play with colors, paint, crayons, dough, beads, et al. This corner promoted the ‘artist’ in the child.
Theatre & Story telling
Art & craft corner is a replete with aids for children to play with colors, paint, crayons, dough, beads, et al. This corner promoted the ‘artist’ in the child.“The center of the stage is where I am” famously said by Martha Graham American choreographer & teacher. The Little Crest takes the stage where the child is. We have an extensive collection of hand Muppets, theatre props and a magnetic story board. Children also have access to all the resource material at the ‘dress up’ corner. The faculty of imitation is strongest at this age, and the children learn by using their body and limbs and the power of observation. On a typical day you would see our children animatedly mimicking an animal character from their favorite story.
Visits to new and exciting places are a part of the learning experience planned. Safely is a a major priority and this would largely influence the field trip destination and the experience. Trips also include visits to library, park, supermarket and a farm. Some of our field trips do have a related fee. Parents will be notified in advance of the outing. We invite parents to take this opportunity to work with our teachers and children on these trips.