WOMEN CENTRIC INITIATIVES BY SHEMROCK

Women Friendly Initiatives by SHEMROCK'

SHEMROCK Group of Preschools, the first Playschool chain of India, is not only fairly acclaimed for its joyful learning environment, innovative educational technology and extensively researched curriculum, but is also known for its special female-staff centric initiatives.

With its top management itself consisting of two dynamic, iron-willed and knowledgeable women, Dr. (Mrs.) Bimla Arora – the Founder Director of SHEMROCK Preschools and Mrs. Meenal Arora – the Executive Director of SHEMROCK Preschools & Founder Director of SHEMFORD Futuristic Schools, the organisation offers a very suitable & supportive environment to its women employees.

Women Friendly Initiatives by SHEMROCK'

The fact that most of the employees of our schools as well as franchisees are female, clearly indicates our efforts to provide a quality living and financial stability to them. Right from the very beginning, all through the past 25 years of our successful presence in the education industry we have made it a point to give maximum opportunities to women and empower them to earn an identity of their own.

For all of our 330+ Preschools in India, Nepal & now in Bangladesh, we critically analyse the skills & talents of the worthy women candidates and provide comprehensive trainings at various levels to our Teachers, School Heads and even our Corporate Staff.

Moreover, all our hiring takes place through our efficient Human Resource department at our Corporate Office in New Delhi, which as a matter of fact, is also headed by women.  So, our women employees can contact our HR team in case of any queries, doubts or grievances at any point of time, without any hesitation. Our HR team members are committed towards providing all kind of support and counselling as and when required by our women workforce, so as to help them in maintaining the work and family life balance.

Additionally, being a responsible educational organisation, we not only offer holidays for our staff on special occasions like Karvachauth, Shivratri, etc. but also, the work timings that we follow for our Academics department at our Corporate Office are till 3:30 PM vis-à-vis 6:00 PM, which is same as that of our Teachers & HMs. This allows our female staff members to enjoy the same holidays as their children and spend a quality time with their family, alongside their daily work routine.

Also, for the rest of our departments, we follow a policy of ‘no late sittings’ or ‘no stay backs’, which means our Corporate Office closes at 6 in the evening daily irrespective of the work load unlike other Corporate Offices. Furthermore, ours is a corporate setting where we believe in giving respect to all our staff members by addressing them as ‘Ma’am’ and not with their first names, unlike the popular culture in other Corporate firms.

As a conscientious part of the society, we have given opportunity to lakhs & lakhs of women in the country to join hands with our organisation & bring a change in both – their own lives & the lives of lakhs of our children; and look forward to keep doing the same in the future.

‘Impact of Advertisements on Children’

An Article by Mrs. Meenal Arora (Director, SHEMROCK & SHEMFORD Group of Schools) published in The Progressive Teacher (Edition: July/August 2015, Pg.: 48 & 49).

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“You can find more and more advertisements on the TV these days, which are targeting young children. Although, these advertisements are very short lived but their content & visuals have very deep impacts on the young thinkers.”

Eating Disorder in Children and How to Cope with Them

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If you find your child saying – ‘I am becoming too fat!’ very often and eating very little or on the contrary gorging just too much, may be it is time for you to check if she is suffering from an eating disorder. It is not that uncommon to see young children suffer from eating disorders, these days.

Children may refrain from eating the adequate quantities, which hampers their physical and mental growth or they may just devour too much, making them overweight, or in extreme cases, obese. So, it makes sense that parents must have thorough knowledge of eating disorders and ways to deal with them.

The top two most common eating disorders among children are:

  1. Anorexia – in this condition, children develop an extreme fear of becoming fat and as a result they barely eat.
  2. Bulimia – in this condition, children eat huge amounts of food rapidly after which, they force out the food by vomiting or heavy physical exercises to avoid gaining overeat.

Children, sometimes, may even show symptoms of both these disorders. So, it is very important for parents to take control and help their children restore their proper diet by:

  • Trying to calmly discuss the issue with their children and understand the reason for their actions.
  • Making the children realise that you love them very much, irrespective of their shape.
  • Not discussing about their weight or appearance to them, even not as a compliment.
  • Taking professional help to help them confront their problems and maintain a balanced diet.
  • Being a role model by taking apposite nutritional food and keeping themselves fit and healthy.

Encourage Your Child to be Physically Active

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Getting children involved in fun physical activities keeps them healthy and active. It is important that physical activity be a regular part of your family life.  It becomes easy when you help your child find activities that she enjoys, that she can do as part of her everyday routine.

Parents play a key role in helping their child become physically active. The following ways may help you get started:

  1. Keep it Simple. Children need about an hour of physical activity each day to stay healthy. Allow her to do anything (riding a bicycle, swimming, playing cricket, badminton, etc.) that can keep her physically involved for at least 60 minutes.
  1. Divide her physical activity time to accommodate her school work and other interests. Let her ride her bicycle or walk for 20 minutes in the morning and do other physical activities in the evening.
  1. Provide Balls, Jump ropes, Bicycles, etc. – that make great toys for children and encourage physical activity and opportunities to play outdoors.
  1. Spend active time with your child. Try and find something that you both enjoy doing.
  1. Encourage your child to play outdoors and appreciate her efforts when she does.
  1. Organise family activities such as camping, outdoor games and picnics, etc.
  1. Try and involve your child in simple daily chores around the house.
  1. Limit her screen time. Keep track of the amount of time your child spends watching TV, or using computers, tablets, smartphones and other devices.
  1. Model a healthy lifestyle and be regular with your exercise routine and your child is likely to follow your lead.
  1. Don’t force anything. Set your child free to decide which physical activity she wants to go with. Encourage her interests and make sure she is doing the right thing.

10 Effective Ways to Help Develop Your Child’s Self-Esteem

As a parent, you have to ensure that your child develops a healthy self-esteem. It is the foundation for your child’s well-being and the key to her success as an adult. Given below are some simple strategies to help boost your child’s self-esteem:

  1. Let your child take healthy risks. Encourage her to explore something new, such as trying a different food, finding a new friend, or riding a bicycle.

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  1. Let mistakes happen. In the course of making choices and taking risks, your child is bound to make mistakes. Whenever she makes a mistake, encourage her to think about what she might do differently the next time, to make her understand that it’s okay to make mistakes.

 

  1. Accept your mistakes. Acknowledging and recovering from your mistakes sends a powerful message to your child — it makes it easier for her to accept her own shortcomings.
  1. Give genuine compliments. Make an effort to acknowledge the good things that your child does every day. This will enhance her sense of accomplishment and self-worth. But remember not to over-praise her.
  1. Assign her some age-appropriate household chores. Think about your child’s strengths and interests and give her a job that allows her to feel useful and successful.
  1. Resist making comparisons. If you let your child know that you appreciate her for the unique individual she is rather than comparing her with others, she’ll be more likely to value herself too.
  1. Encourage her at all times. Every child needs the kind of support from loved ones that says, “I believe in you. I see your effort. Keep going!” Encouragement shows that you acknowledge her progress.
  1. Show your trust in her. Your child will develop a healthy self-esteem when you make her believe in herself.
  1. Help your child learn that we all have some strengths and weaknesses, and that she doesn’t have to be perfect to feel good about herself.
  1. Make clear that your love is unconditional. Your child benefits the most when you accept her for who she is regardless of her strengths, weaknesses, temperament, or abilities.

So, you have to learn to step back and let your child take risks, make her own choices, solve problems and stick with what she starts.