“The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.” - Maria Montessori

It is with this thought in mind that the Global Edge School is shaping the future one child at a time, with strong emphasis on its Foundational Years program.

Global Edge School has always been at the forefront of embracing educational reforms that promise a brighter and more enriched future for its students. With the announcement of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the school has once again showcased its commitment to aligning with best educational practices, especially in its approach towards pre-primary children from Nursery to PP2.

The National Education Policy of 2020 brings with it an invigorated focus on the foundational years of education. Recognizing the critical brain development phase from the ages of 3 to 8, the policy highlights the importance of ensuring multi-faceted, play- based, and discovery-oriented learning during these years. The Global Edge School has adopted this through the following processes.

Play-based Learning: At Global Edge School, the curriculum for Nursery to PP2 has been revamped to prioritize play-based learning. This approach recognizes that children in these age groups learn best when they are engaged in activities that they find enjoyable. From open play areas to classrooms equipped with creative learning tools, the environment is conducive to active, play-based discovery.

Holistic Development: The school has adopted a balanced curriculum that fosters not just cognitive but also socio-emotional and physical development. Through activities such as storytelling, music, art, and physical education, children are encouraged to explore various facets of their personality.

The NEP has outlined the Panchakosha Vikas, which details five levels of learning. These levels are incorporated into the teaching learning process in the Global Edge School.

Physical Development (Sharirik Vikas): It encompasses age-appropriate physical growth, fitness, sensory development, and promoting a long, healthy life.

Development of Life Energy (Pranik Vikas): This level emphasizes the balance and retention of energy, promoting the positive functioning of major bodily systems.

Emotional/Mental Development (Manasik Vikas): It includes building concentration, managing emotions, cultivating virtues, and engaging in the arts, culture, and literature.

Intellectual Development (Bauddhik Vikas): This involves honing skills like observation, analytical and abstract thinking, reasoning, creativity, and linguistic abilities.

Spiritual Development (Chaitsik Vikas): This level focuses on cultivating happiness, compassion, aesthetic appreciation, and inward self-awareness. Additionally, another system detailing five levels of learning emphasizes:

Interoception: Developing body awareness and understanding body needs.

Multisensory Inputs: Emphasizing learning through multiple sensory inputs during foundational years.

Musculoskeletal System: Learning through movement and environmental exploration.

Emotions or the Limbic System: Promoting a safe and inclusive learning environment.

Cortex: Where higher cognitive skills are developed.

The school has adapted and evolved to cater to these interconnected learning domains, moving away from outdated reward-punishment systems to a more interconnected approach informed by neuroscience.

Teacher Training: Recognizing that the foundational years require specialized care, Global Edge School invests significantly in continuous teacher training. Educators are trained to understand the nuanced needs of young learners and are equipped with the skills to foster a nurturing learning environment.

Nutrition and Health: Comprehending the integral role of nutrition and health in the foundational years, the school provides guidance for nutritious meals to parents and integrates health education into the daily curriculum. Routine health check-ups ensure the overall well-being of each child.

While personal touch and human interaction are irreplaceable, the school also recognizes the role of technology in modern education. Smart classes, digital storytelling sessions, and virtual exploration tools are subtly introduced to pique the curiosity of the young minds without overwhelming them.

Moving away from rote learning and high-pressure exams, Global Edge School has reformed its assessment methods. Continuous and comprehensive evaluation through observation, discussions, and process-based observations and evaluation ensures that the learning process remains child-centric.

At Global Edge School, the foundational years are not merely about imparting knowledge but about nurturing curious, confident, and compassionate learners. The alignment with the National Education Policy 2020 reaffirms the school’s vision of holistic education that carves out well-rounded individuals ready to face the challenges of tomorrow. Through its persistent efforts, the institution continues to be a beacon of educational excellence in the city.