Review of iBambini pre-school in Sushant Lok 2, Gurgaon
Posted March 8, 2010on:
Sushant Lok Phase II, Sector 56,
Block C, Near Sushant Tower,
Fax: 0124 – 4112131
Rated as “The Best Pre-School” in Gurgaon by Times Search ( according to its website), iBambini (Italian for “Children”) is nestled in over an acre of greens and is the first to introduce the The Reggio Emilia Approach to pre-school in India and extended day program (for children upto 10 years)
You may ask the name definitely is impressive as so is the approach..but what exactly is Reggio approach?
According to Wikipedia – The Reggio Emilia believes that in the early years of development that children are forming who they are as an individual. The approach uses a program based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided curriculum.
Here is the wikipedia link for more curious parents ..
Rest of you, please read further J
The school works by taking up a project on monthly basis and focusing all the activities around it. How? For eg. The topic for month of February was “Cars” and the teacher told us that everything they teach the kids this month will be focused around cars right from their story telling (by means of puppets etc) will be dealing with cars. They even took the kids to Audi showroom to see what a real car is like! Great approach I must say.
I was quite impressed by this approach and felt it was a breath of fresh air after all my local neighbourhood schools that adopt so called “play way” or “Montessori” approach. The former, being nothing more than kids spending all the time playing with toys; and doing nothing else, other than of-course eating their Tiffin.
The pre-school also boasts of Hari Dang (PadmaShree, Noted educationist), Atul Wasan (National level test cricketer), Parvin Dabas (Famous actor and theatre artiste), Sanjay Bhattacharya (eminent and acclaimed painter), I S Labana (IT head honcho) as its prominent members of board.
One of the major plus points of this school is its huge playground and an epicentre. Other common features include sand pit and splash pool.
Fee Structure – Approximately 4.5K per month. Will add details soon.
Here are some of the reviews that I found on internet regarding this school ( both positive and negative)
“I am another exparent of ibambini…my daughter nishka passed out this year…I have been extremely happy with ibambini and would blindly vouch for it to anyone. The staff is not only warm and friendly as mentioned but they are extremely ‘professional’ as well. They work very hard and very patiently with the children and I found their approach very fascinating. They truly guid the children and work alongside them and not work for them, nor do they follow rote method to ‘teach’ childen as I have seen many others do. It is ruly a world class preschool…and has a huge green park next to it, again something many preschools don’t have….
The negative feedback, Prao you are referring to was relating to Acs and coolers not working when the electricity goes, which frankly does not happen anywhere. Fans operational at that time is good enough.
Anyway, like I said it is the approach and the way they work with kids that is worth looking at once before you make up your mind…infrastructural issues come way down in the priority list.
In fact, only day before NDTV had approached them to shoot a discussion on campus regarding how to choose the right preschool, right age for starting preschools etc. The Director, Mrs. Chaudhary was a part of the panel. you can catch the programme on monday, march 24 at 11am on NDTV Metrronation and repeat at 10.30pm…proof of the fact that they are doing good work!”
You must check it out!
My daughter goes to the pre-nursery class in ibambini since last year.
My experience with the school has been very good.The dedication and the affection imparted by all the teachers,staff etc.is terrific.
When we shifted here two years back we put our elder daughter in a big school, when last year I went there for my younger daughter they told me she has a speech problem, does not know a lot of things etc.We literally panicked as we were very sure that she would get through atleast as a sibling.
Then I came across reviews about ibambini.
The first thing that impressed me was the confidence they showed assuring me that every child takes its own time.
And today when my child has completed a year with them there is a sea change in her and now she is ready to join the nursery in a regular school in Mumbai (as we are shifting).
I can vote for ibambini as being one of the finest play school in Gurgaon.
Source – Indiaparenting.com website
Now Bad ones
I’ve been researching play schools in gurgaon and had very bad experience with ibambini. The person whom we met with (Mrs Bharti, i think – cos she didnt even introduce herself!!!) was anything but warm. I am an education epecialist myself and i guess she felt “threathened” with my queries on the reggio method and was very defensive – to the point of arguing! Anyway its interesting that when i asked abt the staff training, she said that the method required no training – i guess anyone can do it then! So what’s so special. The method is good (based on info from a friend in the US and my own research) but i guess when the principal is not able to explain, there is a problem. When i asked to check out the premises (was not offered to me!) i saw the toilet being dark and dingy, i asked. To which she replied that there’s probably no one in there or no electricity. She ignored my response abt the back up system and the fact that a nanny was with a child there! Didnt even say bye to me when i left – badly needs some training in manners!
So, for me a rather bad experience here. A total wonderful experience at idiscovery, so may send my toddler there.”
Source: Living in gurgaon’s blog