KLAY Schools Launches The Preschool Teacher Training Programme For Educators

The programme aims to certify over 600 teachers by 2019 and equipping early educators with the skills and knowledge they need for engaging and nurturing young minds.

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KLAY (Kids Learning And You) Prep Schools and Day Care has announced the launch of the KLAY Pre-School Teacher Training Programme for early educators. The programme has been launched in response to overwhelming demand from teaching aspirants and parents for a world-class certificate programme in early years teacher training that would prepare candidates for a career in this field.

Ever since its inception, KLAY has already trained over 1700 of preschool teachers, administrators, and caregivers who are the engine behind this pan-India prep school and daycare network of over 150 centres.

Priya Krishnan, Founder and CEO, KLAY said, “Our initiative of launching this programme in India, specifically for pre-school teachers is an effort to contribute to the Government’s latest draft National Education Policy that emphasizes on quality education for kids in primary school. The success of this draft purely lies in the implementation of suggested measures. The multi-disciplinary approach to enhance the quality of education in India is the way to go, provided it is implemented through skilled and qualified teachers. Furthermore, a well-planned curriculum is wasted if not implemented through trained hands. Hence, training teachers with requisite skills and knowledge is going to be a major deciding factor for the accomplishment of the National Education Policy in the coming years”.

Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Minister for Human Resource Development recently pointed out that the teacher education curriculum in our county has been the same for nearly 40 years and needs to be revised from time to time. In this context Krishnan mentioned, “With the launch of this training programme for teachers we aim to partner with the Government to improve the quality of education and tackle current challenges in the education sector”.

As per industry estimates, about 20% of preschool teachers in India have no formal training in early childhood care and development. Moreover, there are no specific guidelines for mandatory training or lessons that teacher training institutes must provide to their candidates.

Meghna Yadav, Head Training and Development, KLAY said, “85% of a person's brain development happens before the age of 6 years. Therefore, the quality of interaction and engagement a child gets in the early years is very crucial in their overall development and growth. Through the launch of this teacher training programme, we plan to address the education gap by building a strong foundation for teachers and in turn our future generations".

“Our training programmes have two major components – facilitating skill development and enabling a career shift. For teachers in India, the second component is more applicable as an increasing number of women are interested in finding ways to either come back to workforce post maternity or opting to teach in order to maintain a work-life balance. Hence, this is a motivating factor to invest in training programs”, she added.

Key features of the programme include:

  • The curriculum is based on the latest international research in early childhood education and development, and has been designed by leading child development psychologists
  • The certification is a 6 months programme which requires participants to devote approximately 10 hours per week (6 hours of classes + 4 hours of assignments)
  • The course includes a mandatory 4 weeks internship with KLAY schools
  • 100% placement guarantee on successful completion of the certification

The first phase has been launched in Mumbai, Bangalore, and NCR and around 64 candidates have enrolled so far. The second phase of the launch will include the launch of multiple centers within 3 cities in the months of August and September 2019.

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