The first Safari Kid branch in Kharadi, Pune, is our flagship premises, located in 8,000 square feet area. It is a customised premises next to EON IT Park on Emerald City Road. It is in close proximity to Koregaon Park, Kalyani Nagar and Magarpatta. In the center of the new IT hub of Pune, our specially designed premises offers children the ability to fully express themselves in both an indoor and outdoor environment.
Facilities include a huge outdoor play area, swimming pool, an art studio, sand pit, and hand selected play equipment. There is a large indoor play area for physical and motor skills development when it's too hot to play outside. Safari Kid Kharadi also features a purpose built Creative Lab, where children explore dance, drama, music and free role play. The design of the school and the classrooms is intended to excite the imagination of the children, and provide a stimulating learning environment. The learning environment encompasses reading corners in every classroom, specific areas for role play, sensory development and skills development, creative spaces and science and tech corners. Our spacious classrooms are fully equipped with the range of state of the art toys and play equipment that facilitate the development and education of our young charges.
Our facilities for our youngest children (6 months to 18 months) elevate care-giving to the next level with a purpose built Baby Room and play areas where specific developmental toys and resources are employed for enhanced development at this tender young age. This also includes the award winning Dream Coracles from Community Playthings.
Safari Kid partners the parents in the developmental journey of your child. Our premises include a parents' lounge cum zen garden for informal interactions between parents and the school, to get to know the other parents, or just to relax while your child is at school!
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Every child is unique and has a different learning curve. We customize our curriculum to fit their individual needs.
The first five years of a child’s life lay the foundation for the years ahead. The human brain is at its most malleable then, and skills learned and developed in these years enable further learning. At the same time, areas of the brain not stimulated in this period can lose the ability to make new connections. The principles on which our program is founded are:
- Customization Each child is unique, has their own needs, and develops at a different pace to others. An effective program must be customized to the development curve of each child
- Curriculum A strong foundation is the scaffolding for the future. The most effective early childhood education is a combination of play based, explorative learning and a structured, directed approach, in an environment that is fully supportive of the needs of the individual child
- Care Children have an immense capacity for learning, imagination, creativity and self-expression. With care and nourishment, in the right learning environment combined with the right teaching methods, core cognitive, social, physical, emotional and creative abilities of children develop, accelerate and strengthen
- Communication Parents are partners with Safari Kid in the early childhood journey of their children. Effective and constant communication with parents is key to the overall development of the child.
The Safari Kid Way
At Safari Kid we aim for the all-around development of every child. Our program is designed to accomplish specific developmental goals.
Our structured approach to educating each child develops and enhances memory, problem solving, logical thinking, math and reading skills, laying a sound foundation for future academic achievement.
Language and Communication
Our program stresses the acquisition and development of language skills (written and spoken) at a pace that each child is comfortable with. Through a variety of methods, we enable children to develop strong communication skills, enabling them to interact appropriately with adults and peers.
The exploration method used in the classroom, and our strong focus on public speaking, as well as tasks assigned to each child for various learning activities, empower the children and instill leadership qualities.
Imagination and Creativity
Imagination and creativity are enhanced and developed, with effective use of stories, art and craft exercises, projects, self-directed storytelling and learning, role play and several other techniques.
Social and Emotional Development
A fun, healthy, safe and nurturing environment is critical for the development of the child. At Safari Kid, we go to great lengths to create the conditions that allow for healthy social and emotional development.
The early years are critical for the development of the child’s fine and gross motor skills. Through play, self-directed learning, motor skill enhancing toys and activities, we develop and hone these skills.
Our unique curriculum has been developed and perfected in Silicon Valley over the past ten years
In order to achieve the developmental goals for each child we have devised a unique method that fuses the learning from several leading international methods of early childhood education with our own proprietary program.
- Our accelerated learning program, developed over ten years in Silicon Valley, focuses on the cognitive, language, and communication skill development of the child. The program incorporates math, science, language (reading and writing), public speaking and communication skills.
- Our emergent curriculum takes best practices from Reggio-Emilia, Waldorf (Steiner), and Montessori teaching methods to foster creativity and imagination, personal, emotional and social development, skills in the creative arts and gross and fine motor skills in each child. This ensures that children pursue their interests. They are guided by their teachers while at the same time developing their imagination through creative play, aided and unaided story time and a variety of other methods.
- Safari Kid customizes the program to the learning capacity of each child. Customization of learning is achieved not only through our high teacher to student ratio, but is embedded in the program through our unique curriculum and lessons. In essence, children learn in stages and advance only once they’ve mastered the previous stage, with each stage of learning serving as a base for the next.
The three pillars of our program ensure that we meet all of our developmental objectives in a fun, caring, nurturing environment, and at a pace that every child is individually comfortable with. Our experience has shown us that academically children attending Safari Kid tend to be at least one grade ahead of their peers in primary school. Our students stand out as natural leaders in a group and are able to communicate effectively with peers and elders. Safari Kids are more creative problem solvers who demonstrate more imagination and creativity than their peers.
Languages at Safari Kid
We offer intensive instruction in second and third languages, on par with our English program
At Safari Kid, we incorporate teaching in the local language of the region for all children at an early stage (Arabic in our Middle East centres, Bahasa in Malaysia, and Chinese in Hong Kong and Hindi in India). All our centers in Middle East also offer intensive Mandarin and French in addition to Arabic and our centers in India offers intensive Spanish in addition to Hindi. We will be bringing further languages to our program in all locations, too.
Our main, English program, speeds up reading, writing and communication skills in children from the beginning. By the age of three, most children at Safari Kid schools can read three letter words. By the age of five, it is not uncommon for Safari Kids to be writing one-page stories; and our curriculum at that level incorporates reading comprehension, too!
We follow the same principles as our main programs for other languages that are taught in our centres. During our Spanish Program at Safari Kid India’s Centres the children are exposed to a new language where they learn to speak and read along with which their listening skills, imaginative play, art and craft are developed. The teachers focus on building their vocabulary and language through fun activities, singing, dancing & collaborative play. This ensures that students attending Safari Kid anywhere are ready for both local and international school systems and excel in comparison to their peers.
Watch the video to see our Spanish program in action at Safari Kid Bengaluru!
What Our Parents Are Saying
The most important feedback is the one we get from our parents. We're happy that it's so positive!
Watch the video to hear some of our Hong Kong parents talk about Safari Kid...
... and another one with some of our parents in Kuala Lumpur!
And a selection of some more comments that we've received...
"The thing I like most about Safari Kid is all the special care and attention that the Safari Kid team provided to (our son) is greatly appreciated. You helped both (my son) and me to go through a challenging event in his life."
"My little boy, Henry loves Safari Kid. He goes to the Pokfulam preschool. He has come on so much since he started. When he first joined the school he was still developing his words within no time at all he was talking and his behavior improved massively. He loves getting on the school bus each morning!"
"(My child) absolutely loves it! He's singing songs he has learnt in English and Mandarin. He tells me he likes all of his teachers and he talks about what they've done that day. He enjoys it so much. You guys are doing something right :)”
“We are very happy about Safari Kid, Sofia is always excited to go and loves her teachers - we have been really impressed by the progress that she made in english and mandarin. We are grateful for the fantastic work you are doing with her”
"Alex has started speaking words and singing in both English and Chinese. When we send him to school he gets very excited. We like the set up it keeps him excited and motivated”
"it has amazing facilities. I think the teachers are amazing, I have had the pleasure to meet almost everybody and I can see their passion. I can see that they are really enjoying spending time with children”
I have a Trained Teacher’s Certificate (TTC) from St. Mary’s Junior College of Education, Pune. I also have a B.A. in English and a B.Ed from MIT College of Education, Pune. I have been working as a teacher officially as well as unofficially for many years. For the past two and a half years I have been a full time mom to my daughter, Lily, who also joins me here at Safari Kid, in our Accelerated Learning level 1 batch. Besides being incredibly passionate about teaching and caring for children, I also love to bake, sing and curl up with a good book whenever I get the chance. I also dabble a bit in creative writing every now and then; mainly short stories. I look forward to enjoying new experiences and making new memories with the Safari Kid team this year.
Ms Asha PatelCenter Manager
Ms Asha PatelCenter Manager
From Gujarat, I am the Parent Relation Manager at Safari Kid. I hold a Bachelor degree in Accounting and Auditing post which did my Post Graduation Dip. in financial Management. I have 9 years of experience in the Field of Administration, Customer Relation and Sales & Marketing. “Play, learn and grow together” – Every child is unique is my belief and so I want to put in all my efforts in the field of reaching out to parents to help them have their children at the right place, having the right exposure at the right time. I am a very passionate person, and enjoy being with babies. I love travelling, cooking, reading books, writing small stories, dancing and surfing on the internet. It indeed is my privilege to be a part of Safari Kid to relive my childhood.
Ms Sargam MehtaTeacher
Ms Sargam MehtaTeacher
To begin with my qualification comprises of a Bachelor Degree specializing in Banking, Masters to go ahead in Marketing. Later pursued my Preschool Teacher training program, adding a B.Ed. degree specializing in English and Economics. Teaching has been my passion throughout and that is what adds to my overall career graph. I have almost 8 years of experience in Teaching Nursery children, further a year experience with older kids. In my free time, I enjoy reading, love travelling and exploring new things.
Ms Jagruti HattarkiTeacher
Ms Jagruti HattarkiTeacher
My Educational background consist of a Bachelor Degree in Commerce. Since I always wanted to be around children, I later pursued my Teacher Training Certification. My experience now comprises of two years teaching at Innovation’s Preschool and lately an experience as a teacher at Strong Roots Preschool. The fact of being with children, playing with them, exploring their little moves and ways of interaction gives me a sense of contentment and that is what has brought me to Safari Kid. Besides teaching, I enjoy listening to music and art doodling.
Mrs. Nicole NandwaniSr. Principal, Pune Region
Mrs. Nicole NandwaniSr. Principal, Pune Region
\"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.\" - Maya Angelou.
I am a education professional with over 15 years of experience in the educational field with teaching, teacher training, curriculum development and classroom management expertise. I have a marketing and advertising graduate degree with an extensive work experience with international IB schools as well as experience with teaching in Singapore and Canada. My goal is to ensure a school culture that encourages continuous improvement for teachers and students & develop an environment that encourages open communication with parents, colleges , students and the community.
Recruitment and Training
High quality early care and education supports children’s school readiness and continues to support their performance in school. Teacher's professional preparation is a crucial component of high quality care. We recruit from a global pool of talented teachers with specialized training in early childhood education. Based on research linking teacher qualifications, program quality, and positive child outcomes, we at Safari Kid hire the best teachers in the industry, with an emphasis on phonics and pronunciation. Our second and third language teachers are usually native speakers.
All teachers undergo at least 120 hours of training before they teach a class, and training is ongoing throughout the year. At Safari Kid, we also help our teachers achieve further professional accreditation should they choose to, and place significant emphasis on our staff's professional development. This reflects back directly on the quality of the teaching and the passion and energy that our teachers bring to the schools.