Q&A with Nasreen about her philosophy on Early Childhood Education
Q. Can you share a little about your background and your involvement in children and education?
- I am the Child Care provider and owner of Milpitas Helping Hands Childcare.
- I have been working with children for over 25 years.
- Associates degree in child development.
- Bilingual, English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and conversational Japanese.
- I have a teachers permit.
- CPR & First Aid certified.
- Running my Childcare for over 14 years.
- I have raised three children who are now adults.
- An active parent-volunteer at my children’s schools.
Q. What is your philosophy on pre-school?
Each child is a unique individual who learns using all their senses. Education is about hands on learning in a fun but controlled environment. Each child needs developmentally appropriate learning based on their maturity. Individual accomplishment is balanced by the needs of the child to understand social interaction with other children. In these formative years, learning is accomplished through play and exploration of the environment through social, emotional, physical and cognitive interaction. This is why I think children need to learn at their own pace in a variety of environments through various activities in order to develop their gross and fine motor skills.
Q. What is a typical day like at your childcare and learning center?
The day is filled with an assortment of fun and educational activities, delicious food, laughter, and naptime . A more detailed list of our activities can be found in the “Activity List.”
Q. What differentiates you from other daycares?
I like to work with small groups in my daycare so that I can provide individual attention to each child. The result is, as parents say, a home away from home. The children’s, social, emotional, and physical needs are all attended to in a personalized one-on-one environment. A successful day care experience also requires cooperation between the provider and the parents which is why I am in constant communication with the parents. We work as a team to do what is best for each child.
Q. The children (and parents) seem to love the food you prepare and serve. Why is that?
I am a firm believer in the philosophy of “you are what you eat.” I put a lot of love into my cooking. The food is prepared with the best ingredients, including organic fresh produce from the Farmers Market and other groceries from Trader Joe’s. I believe that food should not only be nutritionally well balanced but also taste good. Nothing beats a home cooked meal, and although it is more work, it is worth it.
Q. Anything else I should know about your daycare?
My school is modeled on the Montessori concept of hands on learning. Children are always supervised, and all the staff are CPR and First Aid trained to know how to handle emergencies. Last but not least, we want both parents and children to feel welcome in a comforting environment.