A fortnight back, I went to review an educational product to be launched in India by a Dubai based company. And to my pleasant surprise, I was standing next to a pre-school Indira Kids, Aundh.
Initially I thought it was too congested but when I got inside, it gave me a very homely feeling. With kids who are 2 years and above, this is what is best for them. Something like home where they learn with no alienating feeling.
The office lady was extremely helpful. I never tell schools that I am reviewing their schools. Thankfully my kids are at such an age that it becomes easy to get all the relevant information straight from the management. Earlier I used to tag along my sons, but now before I can say anything they tell the school people that, ” Mamma has come to review your school. I goto St Mary’s / DPS . And I love my school.” So instead of getting myself into such embarrassing moments, I go alone now.
The school follows CBSE board with their own methodologies. Each class has 20 kids.
The school has two floors and both are cutely done up. The important thing to see was their classrooms. They all had tell tale signs that kids were being taught in the best possible way. Sight words were stuck all around, lots of creative out puts were hanging all over the classrooms.
The bathroom was the best. The pink pots were low heighted with cute shaped flaps.
Kids were all dressed in light pink and were looking like angels. I could see many kids from different nationality, which is a sign of high fee charged.
And my fears came true.
The school charges around Rs for pre-nursery! I found it humungus but I guess when the parents are willing to pay for a quality stuff then why not ! There are classes upto UKg in both Baner and Aundh branches.
Fee for Pre Nursery is Rs 38 000/ annum at age 2 years completed by June.
Nursery, LKg and UKg fee is Rs 50 000/ annum at age 2 .5 – 3.5 years for Nursery, 3.5- 4.5 for LKg and 4.5-5.5 years for UKg.
The timing are as follows:
Pre Nursery – 9:15am to 11:15am
Nursery – 9:15am to 11:45am
LKg / UKg - 9:15 am to 12:45 noon and 12:45 to 4:15 pm for afternoon batch.
The best thing parents like along with excellent education, mind you, not literacy, is the lunch served by the school. The food is cooked at Baner branch and served at both the schools. The schools has excellent day care facitlites too with food.
There was a bus too waiting outside.
When I interviewed the parents, they were ok with the fees. For them the knowledge was too good and worth spending that huge amount. Well fair enough. Also since most stay close to the school that’s also a reason to spend.
The site is www.indirakids.ac.in near Parihar chowk.
I am copying all the details from their site regarding admissions.
INDIRA KIDS AUNDH & BANER
Admission procedure for the academic year 2010-2011
Admissions available for Playgroup, Nursery, Jr. KG (Afternoon batch) only. Kindly note admissions to Sr. KG (Afternoon batch) is available only at the Baner campus.
The admission forms will be available on 11th & 12th December, 2009 between 10.00 am & 1.00 pm. Duly filled forms to be submitted on 11th or 12th December, 2009.
A list of confirmed students will be available on our website on 18th December, 2009. Kindly pay the confirmation fees on the 21st,22nd and 23rd December 2009.
Requirements for admission at time of confirmation-
- Photocopy of the birth certificate
- 3 stamp size photo’s of the child
For further details contact
Aundh Branch : 25896266, 25880451, 40058643
Baner Branch: 65240917 , 20250092
The classes from 1st std to above is held at Wakad, Pune.
There are 6 sections for 1st std with total intake of 160 kids ! Of which a 50% are from their pre school and the rest from other schools. Each class from 1st to 8th std has 40 kids.
The timing for 1st std is 9:15 am to 2:45 pm.
The fee is a whopping Rs 75000/- annum. of which 25 K is the initial admission fee.
The school again serves food at lunch time. The school has excellent facilities for both academics and extracurricular needs. I could not meet the principal but the teachers were excellent. One teacher was so enthusiastic that she sat down and gave me all the details of what activites she was doing in her class :). There was a well maintained football, basketball ground and a large swimming pool too. I really do not know how much is used but looking at the neatness, meant they were taking care of these well. The younger kids have a lovely play area too. The lunch rooms was excellent. I was already beyond the lunch time, else I would have had my lunch there, like I did at Vibgyor and Sharad Pawar International School.
The school admission details are copied from their site http://indiranationalschool.ac.in
NEW ADMISSIONS (STD I TO STD VIII)
Admissions for 2009-10 are open for classes I, III, IV, V, VII and VIII.
For details contact the school office
Timings : Monday to Friday – 09:00AM to 02.00PM
2nd and 4th Saturday of every month 09:00AM to12: 00 PM noon
Phone: 020- 667 31 621/ 22/ 24