Scandinavian Kindergarten In Bangalore
The Papagoya Kindergarten follows the Norwegian Curriculum, and offers a play-based learning program for children from ages 1 year to 6 years. We are a full-day Kindergarten that believes in a holistic learning experience for children, while also enabling working parents to pursue their ambitions and passions.
Play allows children to practice concentration, be creative, experience friendship, take responsibility & initiative, experience adversity & small losses, and be communicative. At Papagoya, we approach Early Childhood Education through Play-based Learning and create meaningful play experiences through the day for children.
Focus On Core Learning Areas
Using play as our medium, we are guided by 7 core learning areas that ensure that children are exposed to a holistic set of experiences and opportunities, that also confirms their academic readiness.
Communication, Language and Text
Body, Movement, Food and Health
Art, Culture and Creativity
Nature, Environment and Technology
Quantities, Spaces and Shapes
Ethics, Religion and Philosophy
Local Community and Society
Adult to Child Ratio
Our Adult to Child Ratio ranges from 1:4 for ages 1-3 years old to 1:7 for ages 3-6 years old where the adults working with the children are trained Educators who ensure that every child is met with the recognition and respect for who they are. We are able to engage every child in a way that matches their natural ability, interest and pace, and encouraging them to keep their individuality. This ratio also allows us to pick up on verbal and non-verbal cues and provide every child with the care, comfort, cuddles, meaningful play experiences and learning opportunities as they need.
We are what we eat, and so we believe that healthy food can fill a child’s need for love and nourishment. At Papagoya, children eat a morning snack, lunch and an afternoon snack with us, everyday. Through these meals they are introduced to new tastes, colours and textures and learn to eat independently.
8:30 – 10:00 : Flexible Drop-Off / Free Play
10:00 – 10:15 : Morning Snack
10:15 – 11:30 : Play-based Activity
11:30 – 12:00 : Circle Time
12:00 – 12:30 : Lunch
12:30 – 14:30 : Nap or Quiet Time
14:30 – 15:00 : Afternoon Snack
15:00 – 16:00 : Play-based Activity
16:00 – 17:00 : Flexible Pick-Up / Free Play
We are a full day Kindergarten that runs Monday to Friday, across 12 months of the year. Our Core Hours are from 10am to 4pm.
Are you associated with any particular school board?Papagoya is a micro-school. While we are not associated with any particular school board we are of the strong belief that the Cambridge IGCSE is a progressive and child centered curriculum. We broadly map our curriculum, learning and expected outcomes for children on the Cambridge IGCSE.
How is the Papagoya School different from other schools?At Papagoya we are strong proponents of “each child in their own time”. We believe children are all born to learn and will learn at their own pace. We are guides and mentors in a child’s learning journey and work with them to achieve goals. We want children to find joy in learning and to be independent learners with a strong mindset of inquiry - directing their own learning. Hence curriculum for us is an important guide but flexibility within the frameworks is critical to the way we choose to teach.
Do you have goals, markers or assessments to know a child is on the right learning pathway?As a space we are very aware that understanding and evaluating where are child is in their learning journeys is critical, we do this through a combination of formative assessments throughout the year which are shared during the half-yearly evaluations and parent meetings. By mapping to the IGCSE goals we are able to understand where a child is in their learning journey. However our approach is to ensure we never put any pressure on the child. For the child this would be a very normal part of their day and not packaged as “tests or exams”. As a child gets older we work towards preparing them for more timed assessments. Assessments are only for us to know where a child is and not to put more pressure on the child to live up to an expected level. We believe each child will get there on their own time but assessments and markers provide us, the adults, understanding on where and how to support the child.
What do you mean by a community driven school?Papagoya is a learning space that has thrived and grown because we keep the child at the center of all we do by ensuring that we have open and honest communication between us and parents. This is possible because we view all adults as contributing members of the community and know that everyone is doing their best for the children. We are a non-judgmental space and openness is never met with scrutiny. We work together in finding solutions through communication. Trust plays a very critical role at Papagoya and allows us to all be confident in performing our roles of Educator, Parent and Organization. We enjoy parent participation either through smaller workshops, working groups like a gardening committee, or giving children life experiences through parents jobs, and bringing together interesting people who can contribute and make our community richer in experiences and worldly understanding.
What is a parent's involvement in the school?We are very understanding of the fact that most parents are working and have full time jobs. We don’t have demands that take you away from it, but request for participation in activities like field trips, workshops, explorations, bringing in your expertise if it matches a topic we are learning at school, or introducing us to resources and people that would aid our learning journeys at Papagoya. We encourage communication with our educators during the regular running of the school year and participating in various parent events through the year.
Every child experiences a different start to Kindergarten. And so we typically only admit 1-2 children per week, so that we can all stay focussed on the comfort and care that the child needs in transitioning to Kindergarten.
We require that one parent be available during their child’s 1st week at Kindergarten.
We follow a gradual method of transition across 5 days starting with a few hours on Day 1 and slowly building to a full day at Papagoya for the child.