The Smiling Stars: Emphasizing on Experiential Learning and Fun-Based Environment for Holistic Child Development

Neha Parashar,Founder
Neha Parashar, Founder

Learning is not merely about academic pursuits – it’s also about life skills. For example, understanding of the world, tackling the real life problems, maintaining the presence of mind and interaction with others are some of the essential life skills that are as crucial as academic knowledge. Especially, during the early years of childhood it is very important to give proper learning experience to children as early childhood days have greatest impact on the overall personality development. Understanding that early childhood education is a vital step for a child and acknowledging the struggles of modern-day working parents in delivering essential child care in their busy schedule, The Smiling Stars Playschool and Day Care is stressing the experiential learning method, unlike the other day cares in the market, to give a strong academic foundation as well as a thriving future for each child.

“There are a lot of parents in our society who are agonizing over
finding a right preschool or daycare with good infrastructure and pedagogy. Many of them, especially the moms have to leave their job to look after their kids; I too was in the same situation some years ago. The Smiling Stars was established as a solution for these problems,after an extensive research and training on early childhood care and education,” Neha Parashar, Founder of The Smiling Stars briefed. The Smiling Stars- Playschool and Day Care’s mission is to provide early childhood education via joyful and safe learning environment. They believe that experiential learning in early years brings out the best in children. Neha went on, “We literally teach everything by doing. Be it learning numbers or learning about vegetables, we encourage children to have first-hand experience with the materials. Instead of just showing the picture of potatoes, our preschoolers learn about potatoes by actually digging them in the school garden. They become familiar with numbers by counting the biscuits or the toys in their hands. This enables them to make their own observations, be more expressive and learn practically.”

Emphasizing on fun-based learning methods, The Smiling Stars offers four major programmes at their centre – Preschool, Infant Care, Toddler Care and After School. The Smiling Stars – Day Care is an ideal setting for children where
the warm and friendly environment allows them to develop self-confidence and independence. The Smiling Stars – Day Care is your child’s home away-from home! Neha says, “We take kids from the age of 6 months up to 12 years. And we have age appropriate activities / programs for all age groups. There are separate teachers and support staff for different age-groups. From meal-times to nap-times to play-times, our staffs are equipped with the skills to take care of all. Through LIVE CCTV feed facility, parents are at peace watching their kids learn and grow. Our unique after-school program offers multiple evening activities to choose from.

Established in 2013 with just three playschool admissions and two day care admissions(twins),today, The Smiling Stars is marked as the fastest growing day care and preschool in Delhi NCR. “We are proud to be ranked amongst Noida’s top 10 proprietary league Playschools by Education World Survey 2016, 2017 and 2018. It’s the efforts of all the teachers, support staff and immense trust of all the parents that we could make it happen in a span of just five years. Moreover, children want to come to day care on holidays also. This speaks all – our quality of childcare and our success level,” Neha concluded.