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Playschools are a necessity in big cities like Gurgaon
The mushrooming of play schools is a common phenomenon in big cities these days. As soon as kids are big enough to say their first word and walk, parents start looking for a playschool. Coming in exorbitant prices, these places promise an all round development for the kids early on, so that they can face their first school with much more grace then our generation ever did (remember the runny noses and peels of wail on the first day?) To be fair to the efforts of these playschools and their teachers, they do have a positive affect on these kids as my own niece is currently out of her playschool and is all excited to go to Nursery, a feeling I never identified with!

Trying to understand why Gurgaon needs playschools- a space, which was originally occupied by home and parents, Sonu Singh, Chairperson of 'The Play House' explains it all. With 30 students and 3 teachers, running a playschool is not a mean job. They have to look after the emotional and mental health of every children and understand the requirements at an age, when many times kids cannot communicate. When asked about her school, Singh very proudly started off about the annual day celebrations they all are preparing for, '' The students are preparing a number of things for March 22. Apni Pathsahala, an NGO, is also participating with our kids and so is 'The Dance Company.' The parents as well as the teachers are looking forward to the day.''

A playschool cannot be a big school as all kids require personal attention to grow to their strengths. Explaining the need for a playchool, Singh said, “ playschool is a necessity for Gurgaon as most of the parents are working. There is also a lot of competition among parents to make their kids excel in everything and this is where playschools act as they try to develop each and every kid and see what they are good at.”

She also pointed out that with the introduction of a playschool, the kids also becomes independent and confident. Remembering her own school days, she said that, “I cried on my first day to school but these days, thanks to playschools, children are independent, they know how to socialize and life becomes easier for them.” Adding to it, she also said, “Day schools are like machines as they have students doing things in a routine while playschools are cosier, has a homely feeling and it involves all around development. Separation from parents after attending playschool becomes easier on the child.”

Alekhya Bolla, a working mother felt the same but her family did not. When her kid was 2 years of age, they felt he was too small. Many families, who have someone to look after the kid also feels the same. But Sonu Singh pointed out that playschools prepare the child on many fronts. They play and learn, which make things easier for them, when they attend their day school. According to her, every child should go to a playschool, especially in a city like Gurgaon where competition is so fierce.

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