The Rato Bangala School Early Childhood Center

Our Approach

At the Rato Bangala Early Childhood Center, our mission is to create a learning environment that empowers children to become thinkers, risk takers and to be able to articulate their ideas. We care about how they learn as much as we do what they learn.  Recent research in the field of neuroscience highlights the rapid rate of brain development during the first six years of life.  We now know that the early childhood years are a time of great opportunity for learning - followed by a lifetime of neuroplasticity. Through facilitated play-based learning and active engagement with the world, the Rato Bangala Early Childhood Center will provide your child with the social, emotional, and cognitive skills necessary to become happy, contributing members of the community and to enter school with the skills and attitude they need to become successful students and lifelong learners.

 

Early Childhood Development- Who are the Children?

Children between the ages of 3 and 5 are developing skills at an exciting rate and exhibit a growing interest in the world beyond their families. The younger the child, the more they tend to think concretely in the here and now, and often operate from a perspective of egocentricity. They need ample opportunity to have first hand experiences that include touch, smell, manipulation of objects, and the ability to participate in the routines and traditions of everyday living. Through active engagement with teachers, peers, and the other adults in their lives, children begin to think about and understand the world beyond their families. This maturation can be seen in increasingly complex language development, social interaction, physical movement, problem solving, as well as their ability to empathize and respect other points of view. Their peer interactions become important and powerful.  Children need to learn how to negotiate differences, take turns, and collaborate with each other.  

 

The Role of the Teacher

The teacher sets up the environment so that it is child centered and rich with learning opportunities. Teachers make choices informed by their knowledge of early childhood development and with the goal of supporting children’s independent use and care of materials. With materials exploration and artwork at the heart of the curriculum, the walls of the classroom will eventually also reflect the original work of children. While traditional schools have the teacher at the locus of all learning, the progressive model has the teacher orchestrate the learning that will evolve from interactions between children and adults, between children and the materials and their studies of the community they live in, as well as between and among the children themselves. Teachers will structure curriculum, make observations, ask questions, offer support, and make adjustments to any of the above, in the service of deeper learning. All teachers model respectful dialogue and support positive relationships between all community members.

 

Program Overview

Curriculum

It is through planned and emergent studies that children have the opportunity to dig deep into learning. Children learn about the world in which they live through Social Studies. Teachers will consider and reflect with children on their prior experiences, fully realizing that learning is more meaningful when experiences build upon each other. Outdoor explorations will ensure that children get to experience science through nature and develop a sense of belonging to the natural world.

Many of our materials are open-ended, which means that there are a variety of ways a child can enter the work and develop mastery. All of these materials that will develop their concepts of numeracy and print. Blocks, paint, manipulatives, books, writing, drawing, dramatic play props, water and sand are core curriculum materials.  Practical life skills and chores of daily living will be woven into the program, and the children will be responsible for setting up snack, cleaning up, dressing independently, and putting things away after use.

In addition to the range of rich experiences offered within the classroom setting, children will also work with a music, movement and library teacher.

Literacy learning is an ongoing process that begins early in life and continues well into adulthood.  Literacy learning is embedded in every aspect of early childhood classrooms. Reading is a language-based skill. Oral language is the critical foundation upon which reading and writing are built.  All throughout the day, in every area of the room, children are using oral language skills.

The unfolding linguistic abilities of each child will be nurtured in a fully bilingual setting. Nepali and English will be equally emphasized and supported through the spoken word as well as through a library of books that both support language development and an appreciation of culture.

 

Play Based Learning

We now know that the most important engagement during this period of development is rooted in child-led play. During this stage, children begin to engage in symbolic play and learn to manipulate symbols. A child is able to use one thing to represent another, for example, pretending that a block is a bottle or a tree stump is a car. This symbolic thinking will later serve them as they learn to recognize the sounds represented by letters and the quantities represented by numbers.

Dramatic play allows children to become what he or she wants - a mother, father, baby, doctor, or superhero. The child interprets the role as they imagine it.  This interpretation reflects the deepest wishes and fears of the child. Children learn about the world by playing about it.

With adult guidance, dramatic play allows young children to express themselves through language and action, as well as listen to the ideas and perspectives of others. They will gain experience with solving the natural conflicts that arise from human interaction and derive pleasure from becoming a member of a community.

It is important to remember that play is the work of early childhood.

 

The Role of the Parent

We believe that a successful early childhood program requires a productive partnership between parents and teachers. When children between the ages of 3 and 5 come to school, they are still mastering the challenges of separation from their trusted parents or caregivers. The home-school partnership is strengthened when there is a shared vision, open communication, and ample opportunity to share multiple perspectives. Observations made by parents and teachers are discussed and serve as important information to help nurture the child.  In the service of such partnership, during the early weeks of school, the Rato Bangala Early Childhood Center asks that a parent or caregiver initially accompany the child to school so that we can best support the exciting transition from home to school.

 

Facilities

Our center provides an indoor and outdoor environment, specifically designed for a young child’s need to safely explore. The classrooms are designed to encourage exploration, foster problem solving and offer a wide range of opportunities for learning at one’s own pace.

The range of workspaces include: cubbies for personal belongings, a meeting or dramatic play area, floor space to work with building materials, a block area, tables for work with small motor materials (writing, drawing, art, puzzles), access to a well-planned outdoor environment, complete with large motor play equipment and a garden. Activities outdoors will ensure that children get to experience and develop a love of nature and sense of belonging to the natural world.


Due to the recent acquisition of additional space within our campus, we have been able to fulfill our
long-standing goal of providing quality early childhood care for preschool aged children.

- We will open our doors on August 17, 2017.
- Serving children ranging in age from 3.5 through 5.5 years old.
- The program will operate from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm.
- We will serve snack and a hot lunch at midday.
- Pick-up and drop off will be arranged by parents.


Contact

To learn more about the Admission procedure, visit our Admission page.
For more information please contact: Archana Joshi/Nisha Aryal at 5522614, 5542045/5534318