About Pumpkin Patch Teachers Training Academy
Early childhood education or pre-schooling has emerged as a specialized field for imparting quality education. The need is to encourage inquisitiveness in children, guide them to seek information & acquire knowledge.No more tutoring, but learning in unconventional yet interesting way! As an extension of our service to young children we decided to start PPTA.
Early childhood education is one of the most talked about topics in parent and teacher circles today. Psychological and behavioural sciences have established the fact that a child’s personality is formed between the ages of 0-7 years. As such, children belonging to this age group are the most vulnerable, physically, mentally and emotionally. Hence, teachers for pre-schoolers should have the necessary traits and training to deal with the issues arising out of the day-to-day handling of children belonging to this age group.
Pre-school teachers should have a clear knowledge of the developmental milestones for the children between 0-7 years of age and should also be clear about the areas of development and the types of intelligences. All this is made possible by providing formal training to the pre-school teachers, both pre-service and in-service.
With this thought in mind Pumpkin Patch Teacher’s Training Academy (PPTA) started in 2010 to train young aspirants who wish to join the profession of Early Childhood Education.
Under experts guidance we have developed a one year program as PG diploma in Early Years Care and Education that is EYCE. This program covers training of individuals for various subjects like child development, psychology and curriculum for young children in the age group of 3 to 6 years. Also it covers the knowledge of setting up daycare centers and schools along with the study of varied methodologies like Project method, Montessori methodology and Reggio approach etc.
PPTA along with this provides internal training to the teachers for professional up gradation every academic year. It helps the teachers understand new methodologies and techniques. Also they come to know new developments happening in early childhood education.
We have successfully completed 10 years with around 150 learners till this academic year. Most of these learners are placed in good preschools all over India.
The main purpose of this training program is to prepare learners to become committed and confident educators in the field of early childhood development and care.Also provide a high quality, comprehensive training program with an ideal blend of theory and practical experiences.
PPTA intends to create an environment which will enable individuals – parents, care givers and teachers to value various aspects of development in child’s early years. The training program enables the trainee learners to contribute towards holistic enrichment of young children and to imbibe in them a love for learning. It also focuses on building a network through various activities/ programs that are working in this field to enhance knowledge to create a community of dedicated educators.
Mrs. Tanuja Sabale – Principal
Tanuja Tr. is a certified early childhood educator from New Zealand Tertiary College and bachelors in education. She has rich experience of 9 years in Early Childhood Education. She is associated with Pumpkin Patch since 2008. She has been designing curriculum for preschoolers and guiding teachers for the same.
Mrs. Asmita S Bhosale: Coordinator
Asmita Tr. is a highly proficient child care professional with a Masters in Child Care and Education from Aligappa University, Chennai. Coupled with this she has graduated from Science and Education from Pune University. She has an experience of 12 years in preschool education. Asmita is associated with Pumpkin Patch since 2007.She has been instrumental in training young aspirants who wish to join the early childhood profession and has played a pivotal role in designing the Project based curriculum for Pumpkin Patch.
Mrs Meghana Naik: Faculty
Meghana Tr, Masters in Clinical Psychology from Pune University. She has been into teaching line for last 10 years. She has experience of working in an inclusive school as a Remedial Teacher and Counselor. She has designed Individual Education Plans for children with Special Needs. She has been with Pumpkin Patch since 2008.Meghana is associated with PPTA for the past four years. She has provided the learners with valuable guidance in Child Psychology and children with special needs.