Gurugram: Research shows that 90% of the brain develops in the early years and thus this is the most critical period of a child’s development. Early childhood is the stage at which education can effectively influence one’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development and consequently make impact throughout an individual’s life. The United Nations has recognised Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) as one of the best investments a country can make to build stronger, healthier and productive citizenry.
The Heritage Group of Schools today announced the launch of the ‘Heritage Xperiential Learning Centre’ (HXLC), as its first foray into the early learning space. The Centre is based in Gurugram and will be open for admissions soon.
Heritage Xperiential Learning Centre will offer a well-researched and in-depth curriculum and teaching practices inspired by Waldorf, Montessori and the tenets of renowned philosophers, educators and pedagogy like J Krishnamurti, The Mother, Sri Aurobindo, Rudolf Steiner, Loris Mallaguzi, Maria Montessori and Emmi Pikler. In addition to this, the Centre intends to promote research in the area of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in India.
Speaking on the occasion Manit Jain Co-Founder, Heritage Xperiential Learning School (HXLS) said, “Preschools are viewed as a category that is fairly transactional in India with limited research and ineffective pedagogical practices in place. The Heritage Xperiential Learning Centre intends to define itself as a centre of innovation and research in this category.”
“The experiences that children go through during the initial years of their upbringing will impact them through their lifetime. Keeping this in mind, our early learning centre has been designed with attentive care to create a home-like space that envelopes young children in love and security. Its foundation rests on our deep understanding of children and over 20 years of experience in education” – he added.
“The structural shifts in our society and lack of meaningful ECCE experiences have deprived many young children of a strong and a holistic foundation. There are not many programmes that bring together traditional wisdom and scientific research before chalking out an ECCE curriculum. At HXLC, we have researched work related to the phenomena of attachment and bonding, infant motor movement, the unfolding of language, music and movement, rhythm and rituals and practical aspects of caring for young children outside of their homes to design an ECCE programme that embodies the spirit of The Heritage Schools,” said Nilam Sharma, Head – Early Childhood Care and Education, The Heritage Schools.
The programme facilitates a loving transfer of a child from the home space to an outside unfamiliar world. This gradual process builds trust and emotional security in each child. The Centre provides a range of spaces and activities to cater to each child’s unique qualities and needs, guided by adults trained in best practices of early years’ socio-emotional nurturance. The experiential programmes help young children to absorb aspects of beauty, order, complete work cycles, creativity, self-worth, goodness and harmony. These values comprise the core of early self-refinement and self-motivation in preparation for adult life.