Kangaroo Kids : The school was founded in 1993 with 13 kids. Today Kangaroo Kids is spread all over India with several branches. The school has a sprawling premise in Powai. Spread over 5000 sq. ft, the facilities include air-conditioned gym room, library, jumping pad, area for role play, audio visual room, mini amphi theatre, computer room, splash pool and a sandpit in the outdoor area. The curriculum is based on the Harward Gardeners concept, keeping in mind the overall development of the child with the Playway and Montessori methods of teaching. Each class consists of 20 students with two teachers. Festivals are celebrated and Annual and Sports Days conducted. There are two batches of Mother Toddler Session, Playschool, Nursery, Jr. Kg, Sr. Kg. Besides conducting courses for training teachers, the school also conducts an activity club for children where they can participate in fun-filled activities. This apart, the school offers Abacus, Phonetics and Karate for all age groups in the evening. The school also runs a day care that is a blessing for working parents.
Kidzee : The school is a franchisee of ZILS and follows the ILLUME methodology where each child is believed to have hidden potential and the school is the facilitator igniting the young minds by answering their questions. A well planned curriculum researched and developed by a team of experts from Zee has been awarded a certification by the MS Baroda University for being the being the best in Asia. The first franchisee of the school in Powai was founded on 10th April 2004(Hiranandani). A second branch was set-up on 24th January 2011(L&T opp gate no 5.).The school provides every child adequate space for indoor and outdoor learning activities. Each class room has corners that have toys and teaching aids that cater to major multiple intelligences like music, reading, puzzles and creative corner. The school celebrates national and religious festivals but a lot of emphasis is laid on the annual sports meet and annual day celebrations. After school activities include dance class, phonics, storytelling, art and craft. The school offers day care facility for the school children under the supervision of trained teachers.
Just Kiddin :
Founded in 2001, the school's founding principle of "enrichment through the play-way method" and "kid-size" activities remains uncompromised even after 13 years. The love of learning is inspired through working and playing with others.
The school encourages children to be curious and creative while developing confidence in themselves and their abilities. Classroom activities are designed to inspire young learners, capturing each child's interests and ideas. The teachers create a kind, caring atmosphere to stimulate imagination and creativity. A variety of teaching methods such as field trips, interactive multimedia, drama, role play, puppet shows etc. ensures learning is in-depth and easily remembered. The school has also adopted Letterland, a UK based unique phonic programme based on an approach to teach a child reading, writing and spellings. Letterland characters explain the full range of dry phonic facts so that children are motivated to listen, to think and to learn.
Every festival is celebrated with great respect and aplomb. Spacious classrooms, indoor celebration area, a bus library to hop into, an Audio-Visual room for those weekly treats and probably the largest outdoor play area in a preschool where children frolic and dance to music! Eco-friendly methods have been adopted with text messages and emails replacing circulars to communicate with the parents.
Daily communication is encouraged between parents, teachers and administrators and therefore, the doors are open to parents at all times.
Gurukul : GURUKUL came into existence in 2006. The school covers Play School, Nursery, Jr and Sr Kg in Pre School activities. Besides there are hobby classes that include Yoga, Art and Craft, Jive and Jazz, Hip-Hop and Jazz, Bharat Natyam, Kathak, Bollywood dance, Music both Instrumental and Vocal, Zumba, Bellydancing, Theatre and Stage training, Phonics. In addition there is a tieup with Helon'O Grady for English Speech and Communication. All these ensure a range of activities under one roof. In 2013, the Pre School was affiliated to Podar Jumbo Kids Connect and is now run based on the Podar Curriculum and has teachers trained by Podar Jumbo Kids. Today the school operates from Crystal Centre, Raheja Vihar. Surely it's great news for the residents in the complex.
Eurokids : Eurokids was launched in 2008. The curriculum is designed to ensure the child grows physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. Developmentally appropriate practice is approved and endorsed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The school focuses on a 'Learning Through Fun' approach, imparting essential skills in an exciting and enjoyable way. A teacher for every 10 students ensures the child gets personal attention. The 'Discovery and Fun rooms of the school gives the children an opportunity to discover, imagine and create new things. The activities of the school include Euro music, Euro Gym Sand Play, Water Play, Story time, Puppet theatre, outdoor play and Music & Movement A special emphasis is laid on the eco-friendly aspect. In the process of making a paperless office, the school communicates with parents through sms and emails receipts and invoices. The weekend letter of the school is hosted on the website. Apart from this the children and the parents are made aware of the 3R's Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. And every day we use chalk instead of paper circulars to write on the display board. The school has designed its own phonic program for kids.
Vivero International : June of 2010 saw the launch of Vivero International Pre-School in a cozy nook at Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, in a joint venture with Eton House, Singapore. Spread over three floors with ample outdoor space, the school operates its morning and late morning programs for Pre-Nursery, Nursery and Kindergarten 1 & 2. The school also has a designated area for sand play and a splash pool. The spacious and well designed classrooms allow for exploration and encourage curiosity, promote creativity, and breed enquiry and self-learning. Vivero International Pre-School aims to develop children into well rounded members of society, independent thinkers and self-motivated lifelong learners. The curriculum, inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach of Northern Italy, is created under the leadership and curriculum development team that comprises alumni of Harvard, IIT and IIM. The teachers at Vivero International Pre-School facilitate learning by promoting experiential learning and encourage children to engage in self chosen activities. Following the approach of Inquire * Think * Learn, the curriculum focuses on inquiry-based learning. Young children at Vivero International Pre-School are respected as competent thinkers and communicators who are offered many opportunities to engage with a range of materials and resources to extend and challenge their thinking. Our approach acknowledges the socio-cultural principle that children learn from quality interactions and relationships with people, places and things; exploring and discovering in an affirmative environment.
The MCGM park in Raheja Vihar was the venue for the biggest collecton drive of the season. This campaign was done on behalf of Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust. All residents whole-heartedly supported the cause by handing over stuff that can be easily used by people in rural areas and villages.
All basic necessities like garments, footwear, woolen clothes, food grains, utensils, school materials, etc were donated. However the most important requirement for the project was the need for chashma with and without glasses. Thankfully we received quite a few of them. Chasma was the most needed product for the ongoing project. This time it was for just one day but the turnout and the products received were much more than what was expected.