I was looking at some preschools and day-care’s in Gurgaon and I came across this very interesting school called ‘Footprints’ that caught my attention. It seemed like the school was designed keeping in mind what we as parents need, given our crazy and super fast lifestyle.
What I liked best was that the school was covered with CCTV cameras and hence they would provide a live feed to parents through the day regarding the happenings with their child. The parent can use the app to check on their child anytime of the day. A feature like this is extremely useful for moms like me since whenever my kiddo is away from me, I’m always thinking of what she is upto. Also over a period of time, this would help trust the teachers and staff and build a warm relation with them when you can see that they are looking after your child well. From a security point of view, this is a no-brainer of a feature in today’s day and age.
‘Footprints’ is started by the alumni of IIT-IIM and they have put some serious thoughts on how preschools and daycares need to be run. Unlike most daycares, where the children are in a preschool area till noon and then move in to another area where the sleeping and eating and other activities take place, in Footprints, they stay in the same place through the day as they believe that the child learns through the day. They have teachers to look after the kids and teach them through a host of structured and un-structured activities the entire time.
Their adult-child ratio is also amongst the highest at 1:5 for toddlers, which is in-line with international standards.
The curriculum followed by the school is also well thought of and very different from other preschools operating here. It has s a research-based curriculum which has been designed by a US based company ‘Highscope’ The Highscope curriculum is being used for over 50 years and across 20 countries and is extremely age-appropriate. Most other preschools have an in-house curriculum.
Getting to know about this school put a smile on my face, just because it was nice to see that someone had genuinely put in thought and research into what today’s kids and parents require. Footprints seems quite well equipped to give children the strong foundation that is required before they step into big-school and also give parents the comfort that the child is learning well and is nicely looked after through the day.