Building Social Skills in Preschoolers: How Early Childhood Education Fosters Friendships and Empathy

June 14, 2023
Building Social Skills in Preschoolers: How Early Childhood Education Fosters Friendships and Empathy

Social  skills are an important part of a child’s development, especially in the preschool years. It is during this time that children are in the process of developing friendships and empathy in preschoolers, and communicate positively. 

As a leading preschool in Bangalore, Kara 4 Kids recognizes the importance of social skills for preschoolers and how it sets the foundation for future academic and personal success. In this blog post, we will explore how Kara 4 Kids fosters the development of social skills in our preschoolers and why it’s important for parents to support this development at home. Join us as we dive into how early childhood education can help build friendships and empathy in preschoolers.


Why is it important to develop friendships and empathy in preschoolers?


Social skills are important for a child’s development, as they allow children to communicate effectively with others. Preschoolers who have strong social skills are better equipped to make friends, communicate effectively, and succeed in future academic and personal endeavors.

Developing friendships and empathy in preschoolers also sets the foundation for a child’s future success. Social skills are closely related to the emotional intelligence needed to succeed in school and in life.

In addition, social skills also help preschoolers develop empathy, which is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. Empathy is a critical skill for building positive relationships and promoting kindness and compassion. Preschoolers who’ve sturdy empathy talents are much more likely to be inclusive, supportive, and respectful of others.


Building Social Skills in Preschoolers: How Early Childhood Education Fosters Friendships and Empathy


How Kara 4 Kids fosters social skills in Preschoolers


At Kara 4 Kids, we believe in a comprehensive approach to early childhood education that includes developing strong social skills. Our curriculum and teaching approach focused on growing fine, nurturing surroundings that encourage youngsters to develop social abilities through play, organized sports, and social-emotional studying.

We understand the importance of growing social skills from an early age; that’s why we provide adequate opportunities for our students to interact with their peers. Our preschoolers engage in various group sports, which include singing, dancing, and storytelling, which help them discover ways to work together and talk successfully.

In addition, we include play-based totally getting to know into our curriculum, which allows our students to broaden crucial social capabilities, including sharing, taking turns, and trouble-solving.  Play-based learning also allows our preschoolers to explore their creativity, which helps them build their self-esteem and social confidence.

We additionally prioritize social-emotional learning in our curriculum; that’s the manner of growing social capabilities, emotional recognition, and self-regulation. At Kara4Kids our methodologies apprehend the feelings, that helps in developing friendships and empathy in Preschoolers.


Role of teachers in developing friendships and empathy in preschoolers


Teachers and other educators play an important role in developing children’s social skills. Through play, group activities, and social-emotional learning, children develop positive life skills in a supportive and inclusive classroom environment.

One of the key ways that teachers foster social skills development is through modeling positive social behavior. They demonstrate empathy, kindness, and respect towards their students and other adults, which helps children understand how to behave appropriately in social situations.

Our teachers provide ample opportunities for children to interact with their peers and engage in social activities. They facilitate group discussions, encourage collaboration, and provide opportunities for children to work together on projects or tasks. Through these activities, children learn to communicate effectively, listen actively, and respect each other’s ideas and opinions.

Students also develop emotional awareness and self-regulation skills through social-emotional learning (SEL). SEL techniques can include teaching children how to identify and manage their emotions, develop empathy, and build positive relationships with others. By incorporating SEL into the curriculum, teachers help children develop the social and emotional skills they need to succeed academically and in life.

Finally, teachers work closely with parents and caregivers to support children’s social skills development outside of the classroom. Parents are given resources and strategies for reinforcing positive social skills at home, and they collaborate with other professionals to address any social or emotional issues children may have.


Building Social Skills in Preschoolers: How Early Childhood Education Fosters Friendships and Empathy


The role of parents in fostering social skills


While early youth training is vital for fostering social skills, parents also play a crucial function in their toddler’s social improvement. As a parent, you may guide your infant’s social talent improvement by using presenting opportunities for socialization, modeling nice conduct, and reinforcing fantastic social talents.

One of the pleasant ways to aid your infant’s social talent improvement is to offer possibilities for socialization. It’s additionally vital to provide your infant with possibilities to practice social talents at home, along with taking turns, sharing, and communicating successfully.

As a discerning, you also serve as a position model for your child’s social conduct. Modeling effective conduct, which includes empathy, kindness, and respectful communique, will have a profound impact on your toddler’s social competencies development. Additionally, while you version fantastic conduct, you’re teaching your infant the way to behave in a way that is respectful and suitable in social situations.

Finally, reinforcing positive social skills can help your child develop strong social skills. When you notice your child engaging in positive social behavior, such as sharing or helping others, praise and reinforce that behavior. This will help your child understand the importance of positive social skills and encourage them to continue to engage in these behaviors.


Building Social Skills in Preschoolers: How Early Childhood Education Fosters Friendships and Empathy



In conclusion, developing preschoolers’ social skills is critical to their overall development and success.

At Kara 4 Kids, we understand the importance of developing social skills in our students and have developed a comprehensive approach to early childhood education that incorporates social sensory learning, play-based learning, and group activity takes precedence. We believe that strong parent-teacher partnerships are essential for preschoolers to develop life skills. By providing social opportunities, modeling positive behaviors, and reinforcing positive life skills, parents can support their child’s social development and set them up for success.

By prioritizing the development of life skills in our curriculum and providing a positive, nurturing environment for our students, we at Kara 4 Kids are committed to providing the best possible foundation for our preschool children to develop strong social skills and build positive relationships with peers.

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 Curriculum Head

Geraldine Dmello is the Curriculum Head and Consultant at Kara 4 Kids.
She has attained her MS ( diploma) in Special Education and a certification in Adult Supervision in Early Childhood Education from the UCLA University.
Her past experiences involves over 30 years of experience in private schools both international and in India.
She has authored poems, conceived books, speaks and consults on the topics related to the whole child development making teaching in the Early Childhood space a reciprocal experience, filled with a vibrancy that creates a powerful sustained shared thinking.
While in the conceptualizing of the curriculum she keeps in mind the importance of honoring a child. Her core belief is in the saying that ” A berry ripens in its own good time and so does a child’s readiness.”

Sandeep U


Spearheading the finance, Sandeep is a qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has close to 10 years of experience in handling finance for various organizations. Having spent his career life in a CA firm, venture capitalist firm, real estate and in the garment industry, Sandeep is keen on implementing his knowledge and expertise at 315WA to fuel the growth that we envision. He’s the true follower of the saying that “None of us are stronger than all of us” which has enabled him in achieving the 315WA’s goal to build a most strong and consistent team. He was a part of setting up and implementing a complex business processes committee across multiple industries/sectors. In his journey at 315WA he made sure that every ₹ spent on each square foot will have a direct and huge impact in every organization’s growth as even the biggest cloud is a large collection of very tiny droplets of water. He is a strong believer of money saved is money earned and is looking forward to starting this fast-paced ship.

Rukmini Padakadla


 Meet Rukmini P, our esteemed Head of Human Resources, bringing in over 15 years of progressive experience in the field. As a seasoned leader, she has demonstrated her prowess in various aspects of Human Resources, including workforce management, recruitment, payroll, and policies/procedures development. Her exceptional expertise lies in sourcing and hiring top-notch talent, ensuring that our team comprises the industry’s best and brightest minds.

With a background in Science and a PG degree in English literature, along with a PG Diploma in Human Resources and Marketing, Rukmini exemplifies a highly skilled professional. Her unwavering commitment to driving our organization’s success through effective HR strategies and practices, particularly focusing on workforce management, sets her apart as a true asset to our team.


Strategic Operations – Head

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do” – Steve Jobs

It is this belief that inspired Ms. Sapna Erappa to follow her passion, after a decade’s career in banking and finance. Her journey in Early Childhood Education began in 2010 and ever since she has worked with renowned preschools in Bangalore in various leadership roles over a span of 15 years. She holds a degree in Finance & Marketing and has wide exposure in Early Years Education. She has participated in a number of Early Childhood Conferences and IB workshops. 

In her current role as the Strategic Operations – Head at Kara4Kids, she has worked towards building a strong team, motivating them to ensure top-notch standards are maintained in the schools. She believes that a loving and happy environment not only helps children to learn while having fun but also brings the best out of the teachers. Ultimately, the aim is to ensure plenty of learning opportunities are offered to children to bring out their innate potential. Her goal is to create a balanced learning ecosystem where every stakeholder in the school community takes responsibility for the child’s learning journey. She firmly believes and hopes that the education system of today helps children to develop empathy, compassion, and resilience along with academic excellence.



Manas Mehrotra is a qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Bachelors of Law, MBA (Entrepreneurship) from Babson College (USA). The Founder of NestaVera Group of companies, Manas has his vision rooted in the core belief that the only thing constant in this dynamic business era is Change. He believes that the ongoing process of Brainstorming, Innovation, and Adaptation to change should always be the heart of any organisation that seeks economic and social success. He drives his workforce with a strong emphasis on inculcating faith and building long term strategic relationships with both clients and employees.

Manas has also played a pivotal role in the success of Greenwood High Schools. The institution has grown many folds with more than 9 National level Awards to its name in last 3 years under his leadership. Under his stewardship & unique approach to education, Greenwood High Schools have unparalleled achievements to their name in moulding the young minds of tomorrow. He believes in combining quality education with a proper blend of traditional values and the best that modern-day technology has to offer.



Khushroo Rustumji, an alumnus of IIT is the founder of Kara. Having been the Chairman of two companies listed on the BSE, a subsidiary of a Company listed on the London Stock Exchange and a Consultant to numerous national and international organizations, his tenure of work before establishing Kara spans a myriad of corporate experiences.

With a strong belief in how a good Preschool is the vital ingredient in building a Child’s Foundation, Rustumji and his wife envisioned Kara. Upon returning to India after having spent 21 years in the UK, they decided to establish the first pre-school with international standards in Bangalore, much to the delight of discerning parents here. This is how the tale of kara unravelled years ago under the stewardship of Rustumji.



Backed by their sheer hard work and talent, women entrepreneurs worldwide are changing the landscape across every industry. One such visionary in the field of early education is Prachi Mehrotra- Executive Director at Kara4kids. She is also the Director at NestaVera Group of Companies.

 After completing her formal education at a boarding school in Mussorie, Prachi moved to the UK to pursue her degree in Management studies at the University of Nottingham post which she returned to India to pursue her MBA in Finance & Marketing. Her enriching experience, exposure, and learning in these pivotal years taught her the art of adapting to different scenarios, pertaining to education, demographics, and cultures.She strongly believes in developing a culture of trust and transparency at the workplace, which will in turn facilitate the construction of an efficient, effective, productive, and valuable organization.

As an achiever of excellence in both academic and extra co- curricular fields, she reckons that curiosity to learn is the spark that should be the driving force of every organization. As a millenial mother to three children herself, she strongly beleives that early learning is where the root of knowledge begins to get founded for an individual, therefore it is imperative that equal importance be showered upon these nascent founding years of our children’s lives. She passionately envisions to create dynamic,explorative, nurturing – learning and childcare spaces where children fall in love with the joy of learning every day.
 As an Executive Director of Kara4Kids, she handles a multi- faceted role across various domains i.e. Operations, Marketing, Teaching Pedagogy, Expansion, Implementation of teaching interventions, and Management of all the preschool and child care centers. Her ever-dynamic approach and exuberance make her an exemplary leader.