There’s a joke going around that says, that an urban parent registers his/her child in the best playschool, the same time of registering the child’s birth certificate. In reality, it’s not a joke. It is of great importance to ensure that the child gets into the right environment at the earliest.
Research shows that a child’s brain develops more and faster during the 1st 5 years of life. This is when foundations for learning, health and behaviour are laid down. The child learns the skills needed for the rest of life – social, emotional, behaviour, thinking and communication skills, solving problems, moving and being with other people and children – through play.
So how do you decide which playschool is best for your child? Some basic parameters that could help decide would include individualised attention, infrastructure, safety and hygiene, innovative teaching methods and value for money.
Here’s a list of 10 play schools in Gurgaon that have ranked well in search criteria.
The Ardee School
The only montessori program in the NCR, The Ardee School is the perfect environment to form a firm base of social and personal conduct for children. The children come to feel the classroom is their own peaceful, special space where they play a meaningful role in their own care and the care of their classroom environment.
The classroom is carefully prepared to meet the unique needs of this age. All furniture is a size that allows maximum independence and the toddler materials are designed to be attractive and inviting to the children.
Social interaction with other children, development of language skills, care of oneself and the environment, food preparation, art and music and movement activities are integral to the Montessori toddler experience.
Where: Sector 52, Ardee City, Gate no. 3, Gurugram
The Shri Ram Early Years
The heritage of Shri Ram educational institutions is no secret. From the promoters of one of the best known colleges in Delhi/India, Lady Shri Ram, is The Shri Ram Early Years. Located on Sohna Rd, the school follows a unique curriculum that promotes learning through play, use of puppets, role play, circle time activities, art and craft, action songs, movement, and guided and free play to develop creativity and understanding.
Admissions are open for children of 2 -5 years. Children are divided into groups of three to ensure progressive learning: Nanhe Kadam – 24 to 36 months; Badhte Kadam – 36 to 48 months; Pehle Kadam – 48 to 60 months. The classrooms are air-conditioned and buses fitted with GPS systems. The school maintains a ratio of 1 teacher per 10 students.
Where: Sector 48, Vipul Greens, Sohna Road
Bright and colourful, a cheerful atmosphere envelops this play/preschool in Sushant Lok 1. A walk around the school sees happy faces playing in the sand pit or splashing around in a kiddie pool. A few things that set this centre apart from others are focus on basic food and nutrition of the child with a trained dietician, doctor on call, comfortable air-conditioned play areas and rest areas with beds and an emphasis on self-help development of kids under trained counsellors.
The centre/school is located in a lane in sushant Lok, away from the hustle bustle, resulting in a tranquil atmosphere.
Where: A – Block, Sushant Lok I, Block A, Sector 28, Gurgaon
Here is a school that eschews the frills and fancies to focus on real learning and development. Run by veteran educationalists, with experience at the Doon School, Dehradun and British School, New Delhi, the school offers an experiential and cognitive learning environment.
Pallavan believes that a child learns best in the home environment. Keeping this in mind the space has not been divided into class rooms but into interest areas like the story corner, the cooking areas, reading room, art corner and the role play centre. Play is used for language development, improve social skills, introduce scientific and mathematical concepts and above all, develop creativity and sensitivity.
Established in 2001, Pallavan runs an early childhood development programme for children between the ages of 1.5 and 5 years.
Where: Uppal South End, Sector 48 – 49, Behind Omaxe Plaza, Sohna Road
Where: Plot no – 1107, D – Block, Sahtoot Marg Opp. – Qutub Plaza , DLF Phase – 1
Intellitots Early Learning Centre
Intellitots believes and inculcates a holistic experience for the child, blending fun, play and basic academics necessary for a healthy development of mind and body. The classrooms are alive with colours and music, with specialized and internationally trained staff for musical drama, storytelling, baby yoga and phonics instruction.
Here emphasis is placed on building strong reading skills in the preschool years. The child is surrounded by books and will be encouraged to develop their reading skills. Maths, science, and general awareness are integrated throughout the preschool program. Through the Intellitots preschool math program, children are encouraged to explore concepts like patterning, sorting, adding while they play.
Classrooms are air-conditioned and teacher pupil ratio is as low as 1:7. Driven by a dedicated team of educationists and professionals from IIT, IIM, and INSEAD, Intellitots provides a truly enriching environment for your child.
Where: Essel Tower, MG Road, Sector 28, Near Iffco Chowk
Imagine children not just allowed to but actually encouraged to play in mud, clamber into a giant pipe under a mound of mud, or climb a little brick wall with punctures in different shapes shimmy down a bean pole and swing around on a tyre!
This is the pre-primary section of Shikshantar school, built on 1.2 acres of land and houses playgroup, nursery and kindergarten, activity rooms, an activity hub, a pre-primary library, a playground – the Vanar Vatika.
Following the principle of integrated education, daily lessons that hold good for life are taught through hands on experiences. Children build connections with language, math and science in their surroundings through exploring, experimenting, observing and drawing conclusions. Art, music, dance, sports and theatre help children to earn and express themselves.
One of the most highly rated schools in Gurgaon, Shikshantar is part of the Unitech group.
Where: J-Block, South City -1, Sector 41, Gurgaon
Here’s a preschool that going by its name, is not just international but offers the elite and expats that little bit extra that you are looking for.
The Kunskapsskolan schools are among the leading schools of Sweden, and operate in UK and US also. With its first venture in India based in DLF – Phase 1, Gurgaon, Kunskapsskolan brings to Gurgaon parents a truly international experience in education and child development.
The preschool curriculum is theme based with emphasis on developing the language, numeracy, cognitive, socio emotional and motor skills. The learning is fun filled, activity based and learner cantered, strongly influenced by an understanding of early childhood learning.
With state of the art infrastructure and diverse co-curricular facilities, the school provides every opportunity for the holistic development of the learner.
Where: 1122,Block A, DLF Phase-I, Gurgaon
Where: 100, Aspen Greens, Nirvana Country Sector-50, Gurgaon, Haryana-122002
Anand Pre school
A combination of Playway and Montessori with emphasis on the theory of Multiple Intelligence. When it comes to the bright future of your child, Anand Preschool is the best choice for it. A combination of playway and Montessori with emphasis on the theory of Multiple Intelligence. They provide child centric activities, fun learning environment and care and attention to each and every baby.
Where: E5, Arjun Marg, Block E, DLF Phase 1, Sector 26A, Gurugram
Founded in Silicon Valley in 2005, Safari Kid is now present in more than 40 locations in 7 countries – United States, Canada, India, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Dubai and Malaysia. Over 15,000 families have entrusted their children to Safari Kid over the years, and more than 3,500 children attend our schools every day. Safari Kid’s programs are customised for the learning curve of each child.
Their learning environments are meticulously created and researched. The design of the schools is intended to excite the imagination of the children attending, and provide a stimulating learning environment. Each school contains dedicated indoor play areas, outdoor play areas (where possible) and high quality learning resources sourced from around the world. All theirr schools follow the most stringent international best practices relating to the health and security of the children.
Where: Plot No. 4401, DLF Phase IV, Near Galleria Market, Gurugram, Haryana
Call: 9773841887, 9773845803
Mother’s Pride schools need no introduction to Gurgaonites. Or even if you are new to the city, you can’t miss the large signs and number of schools that dot the landscape of the city. One of the pioneers of education and early development in the city, the school believes in ‘ giving the child wings to fly,’ or in other words to allow children to develop what they do best. In fact, they tell parents that the result of what the children learn and inculcate now will be best seen years later.
With branches in numerous localities in Gurgaon, you are sure to find one close to your home.
Where: Ardee City, Block B, Sector 52
Where: 4103, 4104, Near Galleria, DLF City IV, Sector 28