ORIGIN OF PEACHES
How PEACHES started?
The idea of opening a playbased preschool in Bangalore started with a search for playbased preschool for an NRI couple Mr & Mrs Reddy in the year 2013 who wanted to enroll their kid. The disheartened couple realized that the quality of Early childhood Education in Bangalore was very low compared to many other countries in the world. Both their boys were products of playbased philosophy in USA and they learned through hands on activities and were encouraged to think out of the box, both in school and at home as their mother herself was a preschool teacher who held a Master Teacher certification from Mission College, California in the field of Early Childhood Education.
After her graduation, Mrs Reddy worked there in preschools which were accredited to Reggio Emilia and Waldorf Steiner philosophies. Hence the couple came up with the idea of starting PEACHES (Playbased Early Childhood Education). The planning and implementation took about almost 2 years as the founder herself handpicked each and every furniture, toys and accessories herself by keeping in mind the real essence of Reggio and Waldorf philosophy. All the products were shipped from USA in a container. It took her another 6 months to renovate her house which is located on an 8000 sqft parcel of land in the heart of Marathahalli, Bangalore. Thus PEACHES, An Extended Elite Preschool.
Like Albert Einstein said, “Play is the highest form of research”, children learn through play. Play is a form of research, where children pursue their curiosities though play to its logical end. Play is a way of learning for children. At Peaches, we have incorporated a few aspects of Waldorf Steiner, Reggio Emilia and High scope philosophy. During a typical preschool day there will be structured and unstructured periods, enabling children to learn through at their own pace. Play nourishes every aspect of children’s development—it forms the foundation of intellectual, social, physical, and emotional skills necessary for success in school and in life. Play “paves the way for learning”. For example, block building and sand and water play lay the foundation for logical mathematical thinking, scientific reasoning, and cognitive problem solving. Rough-and-tumble play develops social and emotional self-regulation. Play fosters creativity and flexibility in thinking. There is no right or wrong way to do things; there are many possibilities in play—a chair can be a car or a boat, a house or a bed. Pretend play fosters communication, developing conversational skills, turn taking, perspective taking and the skills of social problem solving—persuading, negotiating, compromising, and cooperating.
The early years of children’s lives are the most critical when it comes to their development. They are growing and learning at a phenomenal rate. I believe that it is very important to have a child in an environment that is consistent and secure. Children need to be able to form secure attachments not only with their parents but also with their felicitators. Simply being in a loving and nurturing environment forms these types of attachments. We want the children to feel as comfortable and secure as they would in their own home. Our environment respects the need for comfort and a place to pause for both children and adults alike. At PEACHES our natural materials provides an infinite number of possibilities, and convey a sense of calmness and tranquility for children. Our thoughtful attention to creating an environment that enables children to develop relationships with the world around them, themselves and with each other is an important aspect of our early childhood program.