Gaia Preschool and ChildcareCenter is one of the first preschools in India to take the big step of redefining early childhood education by adapting and integrating the philosophy and principles of Reggio Emilia, Montessori, and Khel-Katha™ an ancient Indian technique of learning through storytelling and games. Set in a quiet residential neighbourhood of RT Nagar in Bangalore, a few minutes from Jaymahal Rd, and Mekhri circle, Hebbal, Manyatha Tech Park. Gaia has been thoughtfully designed to optimise the use of indoor and outdoor space and Bangalore’s excellent weather.
Gaia continuously restructures physical space. Keeping conservation of earth’s resources in mind, classrooms are bright and cheerful with natural light and fresh air. The spacious and airy courtyard incorporates art, collage, 3D construction, a romp and roll gym, carpentry, water play, sandpit, block play, a place for dance, yoga, movement concerts and lunch. In bare feet and in unbroken contact with the earth and sky, children and staff work and play, explore a sheltered ‘discovery garden’ that contains over a dozen species of animal, bird, insect and plant life, ensuring that life’s discoveries are made in an authentic and natural environment. Pesticides and chemical fertilizers are not used, so as to encourage a green environment. Gaia shares an empathetic connection with CUPA - an organisation committed to the rehabilitation of animals thereby allowing children to see and understand this process first-hand.