Founded in 1984, First Steps boasts a team of well-trained educators who have been nurturing children for over two decades. The preschool shares a close and informal relationship with parents as a child’s social growth is closely knit to the value system of his/her parents and teachers.
The mission of First Steps is “to never give up on a child and allow children to bloom like flowers in their own special way, keeping in mind their individual capabilities. First Steps strives to build self confidence and self-esteem in a child that enables him to adapt to any situation and environment easily”. Apart from academics, the First Steps curriculum aims at fostering the all round development of a child.
First Steps is located in the heart of the city. It hosts a large spacious playground, with a dollhouse, slides, swings, see-saws, tunnel-play and other play equipment. A large jacaranda tree provides ample shade and greenery in the play area. The school’s three floored building accommodates six large, well ventilated classrooms with easy access to toilets on each floor.
The school also has a 200 volume library, a 1,500 square feet playing field and a roof top swimming pool supervised by 16 highly qualified teachers. The staircase and balconies are secured with grills.
The school also has a spa on the rooftop for mothers who after dropping their wards can visit the spa to refresh and rejuvenate themselves.
The Toddler curriculum
The program recreates a home environment in the classroom with pictures of family members, familiar toys, and blankets to help toddlers to make a smooth transition to school. This program is for children in the age group of 1.10 to 2 years and class hours are between 9 am to 11.30 am
The Play Group curriculum
The program involves craft based activities to provide a stimulating experience to the child. It promotes language development and self-help skills. This program is for children aged between 2 and 3 years and their class hours are from 9 am to 11.45 am
This program introduces the child to academics, cookery, clay-modeling, puppets, music, dance etc. The program also features a Body-Talk session which is designed to promote individual thinking and creativity in a child. The session is held weekly by members of a dance company. An annual field trip is planned for the children as part of the curriculum. Age group for this program is between 3 and 4 years and class hours are from 12 noon to 3 pm
LKG & UKG curriculum
Kindergarten children are trained in yoga, clay-modeling, baking, cookery and music, apart from academics. General awareness topics are included along with knowledge of current affairs. The curriculum includes an annual events calendar, beginning with an orientation program in June, followed by Independence Day and other festival celebrations. Sports day, concerts, involve the participation of all children. An annual charitable event featuring children is also conducted, usually in December.
Every school activity is designed to promote creative thinking and analytical skills. Field trips are organized frequently. Children in age group of 4 to 5 years and 5 to 6 year are admitted into this program and class timings are between 8.45 am to 1.00 pm
Admissions begin from January 4 on a first come first served basis. However for parents who have travel plans or are relocating the preschool issues forms from September.