Pre-primary education encompasses educational and teaching services for children, from 2 to age 5.5. Kindergarten is the first formal educational framework to which children are exposed, and it is here they develop the attitudes that will affect their integration into the education system where they will spend much of their time in the coming years.
Our School is committed to providing a positive learning environment which recognizes the uniqueness of all children and enables them to realize their full academic, moral, physical and social potential, thereby producing happy, confident children equipped to take their rightful place in society as well balanced, responsible and independent adults. We aim to achieve excellence in education. Our School’s peaceful and well-secured grounds, together with our team of dedicated teachers, provide a safe and caring learning environment for our young learners.
Pre-Primary section of DPS consists of four levels i.e Pre-Nursery, Nursery, KGI and KGII.
Our session begins in August; therefore the age groups listed below are as of August.
|Pre-Nursery:||2 years to 2.7 years|
|Nursery:||2.8 years to 3.3 years|
|KGI||3.4 years to 4.3 years|
|KGII:||4.4 years to 5.3 years|
All students undergo testing and their parents interviewed before being accepted into our program. Testing days are scheduled in February and March. Prospective students will be tested on gross motor skills, listening skills, fine motor skills, copying, sequences, patterns, etc.
For further details on admissions, click on the “Admissions” link
Environment and Facilities:
The Pre-Primary section is housed in a separate double story building, with a big garden sporting a variety of swings, slides, jungle gym, et cetera. There are fourteen big and airy classrooms with colourful furniture and soft boards. The Library holds a variety of books to develop the reading instincts of children. We instruct our girls in how to hold and carry books, how to turn pages, how to read and comprehend them. Thus, from a tender age, we instill the love and respect for books. The Computer Lab allows children to become acquainted with computers and these interactive sessions are extremely popular with the students. We have a separate activity room equipped with a DVD player and Television and real life material for children where they are encouraged to explore their imagination and enhance their creativity along with this we have a music room with a piano and a keyboard where a professional music teacher who helps children learn new vocabulary in a fun way through rhymes in English and Urdu. We ensure that the children are cared for when they visit the toilets. Full time aayas are available to wash and change diapers or clothes of toddlers if required. Our in-house doctor provides a thorough check-up twice a year of each child.
Our prepared environment abounds with activities which are attractive and interesting to children and which give them clear messages on how to succeed. Teachers design work which builds eye-hand coordination, concentration, manual dexterity and self-reliance. Pre-reading and writing skills and basic math concepts are introduced in individual and group lessons at a pace which is developmentally appropriate for each child. Our goal is to nurture and encourage the preprimary child’s natural love of learning. These kindergarten lessons are stimulating and fun. Because they are focused and structured for a group, they prepare the children for the format of an elementary program.
In each classroom a qualified teacher plans and directs the programme with the help of an experienced teaching assistant. This allows the teacher to work with small groups of children allowing for more individual attention.
Our philosophy is:
- Based upon positivity.
- To educate children toward independence, self-sufficiency and maturity.
- To build children’s belief in themselves by encouraging them to make their own decisions and by teaching them to solve their own problems creatively.
- To recognize children as individuals with differing needs and capabilities.
- To develop an interest of learning in our children.
- Instilling skills that will turn children into life-long learners.
- Our aim is not only to educate children for the time they are with us – but to educate them for life!
Critical and specific outcomes have been identified and included in our curriculum to ensure the holistic development of each child for that.
Learners are encouraged to:
- Develop self-motivation, self-confidence and positive self-esteem
- Develop acceptable social skills
- Learn self-discipline and a sense of responsibility
- Acknowledge and take pride in performance
- Solve own problems creatively and make own decisions
- To work in a group
- To act responsibly
- To acquire thinking skills
- To communicate effectively
- To develop culturally and aesthetically
The main purpose of language is to communicate, that is to let others know what we are thinking. We communicate mainly via spoken and written language. During the period, we initiate the students in tracing, recognizing and writing of English and Urdu alphabets, their sounds, syllables, three letter words and relate them to their pictures or real objects through employing different mediums such as sand paper letters, objects, vocabulary basket, flash cards, and the black board. The reading of Urdu and English is enhanced through movable alphabets, sight reading through flash cards, series of readers, library books, soft boards, mobiles and charts arranged in the classrooms.
We have an English conversation teacher who helps children through innovative reading and story sessions which promotes a holistic and integrated literacy based skills approach to academic success in young children.
She helps children to decode and segment sounds and words that take place as part of pre-reading and pre-writing skills. Show and Tell, and role playing fosters the development of Speaking and Listening skills which are the regular part of her sessions.
Concepts covered in number include; recognition and writing numbers, counting strategies, using one-to-one correspondence, basic partitioning and regrouping. Other mathematical concepts covered include; spatial awareness, basic shapes, categorizing simple patterns, identifying and grouping by simple attributes, comparing and basic introduction to understanding of numbers. We also teach them the correct formation of the numbers and familiarize our girls with concepts of quantities, sizes, shapes and their sides, fraction, addition and subtraction through varied fun filled and meaningful activities.
Society and Environment learning:
Children explore, question and wonder about the world they live in. They are encouraged to develop a sense of community, by learning about their environment. They begin to understand about the need to conserve, recycle, and care for the places, plants and animals that are near to them. Children learn that conservation relies on teamwork and that together we can all make a difference.