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Welcome to another academic year : 20 Preschools you must know about

Welcome to another academic year !


If you are in the midst of scrambling through Whatsapp and Facebook groups trying to choose a preschool for your child, this list is sure to make it easy. It’s been curated from parent and teacher reviews around Delhi & NCR.



Adhyant, Vasant Kunj

The specially designed activities entail kids in meaningful learning to help them develop their socio-emotional skills, stimulate mental growth and increase language development, thus enhancing their confidence. Activities like Rhythmic Extravaganza, Tales & More, Mind Play and Little Hands at Work allow toddlers to satiate their curiosity to explore new things and at the same time give wing to their imagination.

Where: 10-11, Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj II, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

GD Goenka – La Petit, Greater Kailash

The environment is safe, playful and encouraging. They follow the Montessori approach and hence they encourage children to explore and learn from the very beginning. Children are made to reflect on “What did I feel?”, “Why did I feel so?”, “I shall express….” . This enables the child to reflect from an early age, analyze feelings, emotions, relationships, social attitudes and attributes. It encourages control and mastery over the environment.

 Where: B-73, Greater Kailash-1, New Delhi

IDA PreSchoolPlayschool , Gurgaon

It is a community space for childhood explorations. The emphasis is on surrounding each child in a responsive and adaptive environment that nourishes their imagination and promotes self-discovery. Ida ensures that the world around your child  is a joyful place. Ida Pre school provides opportunities for parents, siblings, grandparents and facilitators to articulate their thoughts and feelings, as well as forge long-term relationships with one another to establish a world of love for the child.

New Admission: Ida begins its session in April and closes in March and follows the annual calendar of the Department of Education.

Where: S-3117, DLF City, Phase III,Opposite S-22/6 DLF III, Near Neelkanth Hospital,Gurgaon

Intellitots Creche and Activity Centre, Multiple Locations

Spacious and safe, with temperature controlled rooms and a quality controlled kitchen, the centre is all about multi-sensory disciplines, so your child can thrive in an atmosphere that remains energised. They believe in personalising each child’s schedule basis his or her dietary, sleep pattern and other needs. The day care involves interactive activities to better creative, cognitive and social skills. Kids spend time between the spacious indoor discovery zone, the outdoor sports zone, the activity corner and the library.

The centre includes the internationally acclaimed Kindermusik program. The Intellitots Bouncing Babies  (0 -2 years) is offered in the mornings, and all-round development programs for kids between 2.5 and 8 years are offered in the evenings.

Where: Essel Towers, Nursery Site, Essel Tower, MG Road, Sector 28, Gurgaon | ortis Memorial Research Institute, Opposite Huda Metro Station, Gurgaon | G Block, Sushant Lok-2, Sector 57, Off Golf Course Extension Road, Gurgaon

Julia Gabriel , Vasant Kunj

Julia Gabriel Centre empowers students to communicate confidently through EduDrama®, a unique philosophy that entails learning within a positive and enjoyable environment, inspired by educators who are passionate about children, language and the arts. Age appropriate activities enable students to express ideas through voice, speech, language, music, movement, art, writing, performance, debate and visual media.

Where: Plot No. 3, B-5 & 6, Sector B, Vasant Kunj, Near Fortis Hospital, New Delhi

Kunskapsskolan, Gurgaon

The KED program empowers students with the knowledge and skills to meet the complex demands of a modern society as responsible individuals.  At Kunskapsskolan every student is given an opportunity to excel beyond what they thought was possible. Their Learning Portal Ensures 24X7 availability of the entire Learning Material. The logbook facilitates parental involvement in student’s achievements.

New Admission:  Age Criteria: 2.5 years complete for pre-nursery | 3.5 years  for nursery| 4.5 years for KG complete on 31st March 2017.
Where: 1122, Block A,Behind DT Mega Mall, DLF Phase 1, Sector 28, Gurgaon

L’Avenir Pre school,Chattarpur

It offers an integral curriculum, based on the full development not only of the mind, but also of the emotional/vital impulses, the refinement of the senses, and a physical education programme, and most importantly, the cultivation of the inner sense of knowledge and discrimination, through an atmosphere of psychic refinement.

Most of the learning is done outside and the little done in the classrooms is by experimenting and using children’s senses and hands.

The preschool program has two groups: Smile for 2-3 year olds and Joy for 3-4 year olds. Each group comprises of 15-20 children. The teacher-student ratio varies from 1:7 to 1:10.

New Admission:  The new sessions begins in the first week of April. The first step is to contact the Coordinator (Sunaina Singh at 98100-33308, sunaina@gnosticcentre.com) and visit L’avenir after fixing a time with her. You will be given a detailed introduction and also a tour of the school.

Where:  21A Ansal Farms, Bijwasan, New Delhi

Learning Tree PlaySchool, Khan Market

Learning Tree Playschool offers great and memorable early childhood learning experience to all its 2 to 5 year old students. The experience here is  unique, life changing, and utterly unlike any other experience you can give your child. Wide open spaces, nature and nurture and unconditional love.

New Admission: The Admissions Register is opened in January every year. You may write your child’s name in the register one year prior to seeking admission.Your Child should have completed 2 years by 31st March in order to be eligible for admission on 1st April.

Where: B – 13, Subramaniam Bharti Marg, Sujan Singh Park, Khan Market, New Delhi

Pallavan,Multiple Locations

Pallavan aims to create an environment where children will be able to discover the genius within themselves. The school follows the unique ‘Pallavan System’, which is based on the experience of the educators and the study of various existing systems. The day begins with a half-hour ‘baatcheef,during which the children talk to their teachers about the’topic of the week’. They also have their ‘nastha’ sitting on the floor, after reciting their prayers. For a weekly ‘Show and Tell’ activity, students bring any object and talk about it, which helps developing their confidence. There’s also daily feedback on the child progress that the teachers post on the school’s website. This helps parents keep tabs on the progress of their little darlings. The school lays a lot of stress on child-parent relationship, and they are allowed to stay with their children in the initial period till the latter settle down.

New Admission:  Admissions take place through the year and a child needs to be 2 years of age to qualify. Admissions are open to all children subject to availability of space.

Where:  Uppal’s South End, S-Block, Sector 48-49, Sohna Road, Gurgaon | Farm House No. 02 Anandgram Mehrauli – Gurgaon Road Ghittorani, New Delhi | Plot no – 1107, D – Block Shahtoot Marg, Opp. – Qutub Plaza DLF Phase – 1 , Gurgaon

Pathways Early Years, Greater Kailash

All children are naturally curious. Their learning programme stimulates their interest, making them learners for life. Through play, our children develop into confident communicators, problem solvers and thinkers.

The comprehensive Early Years Curriculum features activities and equipment designed for the development of gross and fine motor coordination. Hands on activities that are appropriate for children at this age are planned and incorporated into our daily routines. This curriculum is focused on individualised care and attention to build strong foundations of love and security.

Where:  2, Hemkunt Colony , Greater Kailash, New Delhi



SAKSHAM, Africa Avenue

A preschool that makes “every child count,” Saksham gives children the liberty to express themselves, but installs in them a sense of personal responsibility. Children put away their on toys, arrange their classroom themselves, and are encouraged to share. Activities here include games, puzzles, yoga, pottery and more.

Everything in this space, right down to the decor, is designed for kids to feel at happy and comfortable. Overall life skills are Saksham’s forte, as is instilling a sense of self reliance.

New Admission:  Admission at Saksham is open throughout the year, subject to availability of seats so as to maintain an optimum student teacher ratio.

Where: Sector 2,  R K Puram, Africa Avenue Marg,  New Delhi

Samsara World School, Greater Noida

The Kindergarten program is a four and a half hour program for children from the ages of four years to five years. This program is also based on the principle of free progressive education, led by a curriculum of art, science, music and movement.
At this stage emotional independence is encouraged amongst children. Once again, this program encourages bilingualism in languages other than the mother tongue.

New Admission: The school session is from April to March. The registration form is to be filled and submitted in the office.

Where: H.S. 21, Sector 37 (RHO II), 1st Avenue, Semia Estate, Greater Noida

Step By Step Nursery School

The popular pre school currently has over 450 students, and a faculty of 50 to ensure kids are given the attention they deserve.There’s also a dedicated building that hosts an activity centre, complete with doll house, a music room and more.The average age of children here varied from 1 year 9 months, to about 4 and a half years, and the curriculum seamlessly encourages active parent involvement.

The school houses a Learning Center designed to guide and teach special children, all under the tutelage of highly qualified professionals.

New Admission: They have a series of programs – Mother & Child Programme for Junior Toddlers, Montessori and Nursery

Where: Block -N, Plot No 1, Panchsheel Parek,New Delhi

The Magic Years, Vasant Vihar

The school is home to children from over 18 countries, and follows an interesting teaching method that is based on Montessori, Play Way and Reggio Emilia. The curriculum includes life skills that encourage self reliance, as well as language, mathematics, and most importantly, culture.

Check out the sport centre, open five days a week, with staff trained at the likes of ‘Bhupathi Nike Tennis’ Village Bangalore.

New Admission: For school year beginning April 2017, forms will be available on the school site from the 1st to the 31st of January 2017. All admission requests must be made online. They have two programs : Infancy Program : 18 months to 2 years and a Pre-school Program : 2 years to 6 years.

Where: Vasant Vihar, Near Delhi Public School, New Delhi

The Ardee Montessori School, Sujan Singh Park

The sprawling campus extends over an acre and half of land, is eco friendly, and includes a water play zone, wooden play jungle gyms, and a sandpit. The school also provides nutritious vegetarian meals for kids.

New Admission: They have have an Early Nido program for 12 month – 16/17 month toddlers.

Where: Maharishi Raman Marg, Sujan Singh Park, New Delhi


The Sri Ram Early  Years, Multiple Locations

 A pre-school where learning is experiential and children play an active role. “Wonder Time” sets a stage for concrete experience, observation and reflection time for children. Learning by doing helps children to be confident, responsible and capable. They are encouraged to reach their potential through motivation and proper guidance. The three way partnership; the parent, the teacher and the environment plays an important and crucial role in the growth and development of the child.

New Admission: They have 2 programs – Nanhe Kadam (equivalent to Play-group):- Minimum age: 1.5 years up to 2.5 years. Badhte Kadam (equivalent to Pre-Nursery):-  Minimum age : 2.5 years up to 3.5 years

Where: B-1 Greater Kailash 1,New Delhi |Sector C, Pocket 6 & 7 ,Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

The Mother’s International School, Aurobindo Marg

The main thing about Mother’s International is simplicity. Children sit on mats when doing painting and other activities in primary school. There are no air-conditioned classrooms. Apart from education, a strong value system is something they focus on. Stress-free learning and a “down to earth” attitude in teaching are some other values parents appreciate about the school.

New Admission: The admissions to Pre-School, Pre-Primary and 1st class are governed by Directorate of Education, Govt. of NCT of Delhi guidelines.

Where: Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi

Shiv Nadar Play School, Multiple Locations

The curriculum is designed to help young children excel in language and cognitive learning. It also promotes independence, curiosity, decision making, cooperation, persistence, creativity and problem solving. The domains of learning are: communication, language and literacy, numeracy and logic, knowledge and understanding of the world, physical development , aesthetic and creative development , social and emotional development.

The activities for different domains and concepts are planned purposefully to enable children to engage with and experience the concepts.

Where: Gurgaon,Noida,Faridabad

Suncity School, Gurgaon

Suncity School provides a challenging and supportive environment for the best possible programme of academic and personal development. The school is committed to building the child’s confidence and self esteem and offer a strong developmental programme where integrated studies and hands on participation inspire a love of learning and accomplishment.

The school also encourages self-discipline, creativity, independence of thought and tenacity of purpose with the understanding that both success and failure are necessary for learning.

Where: Suncity Township, Suncity, Sector 54, Gurgaon

The Heritage School,Gurgaon

Their theme based style of teaching is very effective. They use their themes very broadly and innovatively so before you know it, your child could be coming back home with stories and knowledge about a whole gamut of things that you didn’t expect. For example, they used Goldilocks and the Three Bears to teach kids about all sorts of things such as families, relationships, sharing, relevant letters of the English and Hindi alphabet, numbers, and all sorts of other stuff.The school focuses on a lot of things other than the “curriculum.” One of the important aspects is the spiritual bent they seem to have. The children know their prayers, meditation, basic yoga, time of silence, etc. and take it very seriously.
Where: Sector 62, Gurgaon



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