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What you see – One of the toughest things for a mom in Chennai is to find a good playschool. It gets even more difficult for the NRI mom or the expatriate mom because she has to find a good school as well as ensure that her kids will feel comfortable there. This is why MetroMela asked several NRI and expatriate moms to recommend some schools. They recommended Kids Central on Ranjith Road for those in the Adyar-Besant Nagar-Kotturpuram area.
So MetroMela decided to check out the school. Just off the Kotturpuram Main Road, and in the very residential area of Ranjith Road, Valli Subbaiah runs her little school for children from the age of one to five.
What you get – One to two year old children are in what Valli terms the ‘You and I’ program, where the mother is allowed to sit in the class with the child. The hour-long sessions (from 9.30 AM to 10.30 AM) are conducted just three days a week. This program ensures that when the child is two and graduates to the ‘Toddler’ program, the separation anxiety is less intense.
The ‘Toddler’ program is also for an hour, five days a week (from 10.45 AM to noon). From ‘Toddlers’, the students become ‘Tadpoles’ and stay in school for half a day and from there turn to ‘Froggies’, who also stay in for half a day, but 30 minutes longer than the ‘Tadpoles’.
Koreans, Americans, Japanese and Indians, almost every NRI and foreign mom vies for a spot in Kids Central for her child. And from what MetroMela has heard, the competition for admission is pretty tough. Kids Central follows a first-come-first served policy, and as a result parents book seats right from the time their child is a few months old.
At Kids Central, they believe in giving equal importance to work and play. For instance, a typical session in the ‘You and I’ program begins with 15 minutes of free play inside the room where toys and books lie scattered and children can choose from them. At the end of 15 minutes, children are encouraged to clean up; a basket is brought for them to place their toys in.
The next 15-minute session has music (both Tamil and English, with music teachers), followed by two activities (like craft, obstacle races, play gyms etc), and outside play. Valli has an entire playground covered with soft sand so that the children don’t hurt themselves. In the playground, you will find everything from child-safe slides and swings to doll-houses, blackboards and trampolines.
Also, to encourage children to read, Kids Central has a little library, from which children are allowed to borrow up to three books a week, for Rs. 100 a month.
Our verdict (Metromela) – Kids Central is popular and highly recommended by parents. Valli believes in taking just 15-20 students in a class and with the growing number of families seeking high quality playschools, getting a spot here will be a little difficult. But if you make it, it will be worth it!
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