With a vision to make quality education accessible to all children, our journey of 14 years in pre-school education began with a single school and now includes a family of 630+ pre-schools in India and Bangladesh, six of K12 schools and a growth plan expected to cross 1000+ pre-schools by 2020, says Pritam Agrawal, Founder Director, Hello Kids, in an interview with Elets News Network (ENN).
Tell us what are the key strengths of Hello Kids?
Our children are part of a fun-based learning experience. Our curriculum and teaching aides are being constantly upgraded along with stage exposure giving our children confidence early in life. Parent-teacher interaction is primarily to support the children and for progress towards set goals. Our adult-child ratio is as low as 7:1. Our teaching and non-teaching staff is verified by one of the best agencies in South-East Asia. Most of our centers in Karnataka are recognized by the State Education Department.
We follow Montessori and Harvard Gardner’s multiple intelligences theories in curriculum development.
How does the curriculum at your preschool contribute to the overall learning and development of the children?
We strive to support high quality learning while giving every child the opportunity to reach his or her full potential through a program of learning that is coherent, relevant, and most importantly, age appropriate. We understand that children need to be critically literate in order to synthesize information, make informed decisions, communicate effectively, and thrive in an ever changing global community. The curriculum at our preschool recognizes the need of the learners as diverse and helps all learners develop the knowledge, skills, and perspective they need to become informed, productive, caring, responsible and active citizens in their own communities and in the world.
The Government of Karnataka invited us to be on panel when developing curriculum for the state.
Tell us more about your journey in the preschool fraternity? And what is the key behind your success?
Fulfilling. We started our first pre-school in 2005 at Bangalore and currently have 600+ centers across India and Bangladesh. Within a time span of 2 years, we had 5 pre-schools and were ready to franchise. And now, we have a community of business owners and teachers pan-India who do not pay us any royalty. Our passionate franchisee edupreneurs are trained regularly at our 40 training locations across India. Our directors closely mentor each individual.
No Royalty franchisee model with quality affordable early childhood education was the key for the success.
What goes into making Hello Kids the most awarded preschool?
Yes. We have been awarded with the Best Pre-school Curriculum, Fastest Growing Pre-school Chain, Innovative Teaching Practices, amongst others.
The people make the brand. Our 630+ passionate edupreneurs are connected to each other online. This provides a platform for our team to share success stories, marketing techniques and updates. Our business owners are part of a community; not competitors, but each other’s strength and support in mutual growth and development.
How does working with various associations help you in contributing to early childhood education industry?
As Vice President of Early Childhood Association, gives me a voice to address the issues in the system and do my bit in regularizing the industry. Being a member of Early Education, UK and NAEYC, USA helps me in bringing home the latest information in early childhood education available globally. This allows me to proudly claim a truly integrated international curriculum.