At Mother’s Pet, the image of the child is of primary importance to us. The image of the child is one of his/her being rich in resources, strong and competent. Each child is a unique individual with rights rather than needs. ‘Children have potential plasticity, openness, desire to grow, curiosity, a sense of wonder, the desire to relate to other people and communicate.’(Malaguzzi)
Hence, ‘Protecting the Right to Childhood’ exemplifies our philosophy. From a humble beginning with a few children the kindergarten has grown to 4 branches with over 2500 children.
Mrs. Aruna Upadhyaya- Founder Director – is a merit rank holder for her Masters in Economics from Nagpur University. She has also completed a course in ‘Child Care Design’ from Harvard University,Massachusetts USA. Believing in international standards of early childhood learning,Mrs. Upadhyaya put her two daughters through a rigorous educational regimen of professional international training.
Mrs.Radhika Rajwade is the Director of Mother’s Pet and Centre Point Group of Schools. She completed her Masters in English Literature and B.Ed from Nagpur University, followed by a Masters in Education Management from King’s College, London. She is also a Masters in ‘Early Childhood Learning’ from the University of Surrey, Roehampton, England. Mrs.Radhika Rajwade spent 10 years in the US where she was actively involved in schools, which used therapy-based practices for the emotional well-being of the child. She now conducts workshops for parents and teachers on ‘Parenting And Discipline’ issues and mentors teachers on the latest trends in Education.
Mrs. Aparna Sanyal, her second daughter, completed her B.Ed from Nagpur University followed by a Masters in Education Management from King’s College, London. She thereafter did a course in ‘Child Care Design’ from Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA followed by a course on the Financial Management of Non-Profit and Educational Institutions. She subsequently worked as an Educational Consultant in Mumbai. The classes and play areas have been designed by Mrs.Aparna Sanyal along with her team of in-house artists.
The Directors are also members of a worldwide group called NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), USA, which works on several key issues related to child-care and education in its early stages. The three Directors regularly travel the world over, visiting schools in Europe, USA and Far East. This has helped in benchmarking Mother’s Pet Kindergarten to international standards.
The sense of joy and wonder at all the little miracles that make up everyday life is retained in all school activities. We incorporate a healthy dose of ‘Joy Quotient or JQ’ (a term coined by our Founder) in everything. Thus through a child-centered, holistic approach to the teaching-learning process, where adults listen as much as they speak, we strive to make our children ‘successful learners’.
Keeping in mind the sprawling city with its unprecedented growth, the institution covers all corners of the city, catering to its growing population. The city is now getting used to the ‘friendly neighbourhood school’ concept which is prevalent in all developed nations, and so we have spread ourselves into four branches i.e. Sadar, Wardhman Nagar, Wardha Road and Amravati Bypass.
Creative Space – a Unique Concept.
In keeping with our educational goals and methodology, we provide colorful, fun-filled settings in which a child learns easily and joyfully. The classrooms and learning spaces at Mother’s Pet Kindergarten are aimed to stimulate the child’s inherent creativity, imagination and need for role play. Each space is unique and one-of-a-kind; designed in-house by our professional team that understands the learning objectives being served through the spaces.
"JQ (Joy Quotient) for me remains the true acid test for superlative early childhood practices.”