Our Journey

Kai started life in 1984 as ‘Vidyaniketan Montessori’ in a charming, colonial bungalow in Cantonment Bangalore, where it remained for 20 happy years. In 2010, the little preschool blossomed into a Montessori + K12 international school – Legacy, and moved to a larger campus in North Bangalore. Five years later, we celebrated our 30th anniversary by responding to parent appeals for our Montessori in Whitefield. Legacy Early Years (better known as LEY), settled into a brightly – lit, homely villa, a few yards down the road from where we are currently located. Over five years, LEY nurtured a gentle preschool environment that engaged curious children, attracted caring teaching professionals, and delighted a discerning parent community. In 2017, LEY was ranked the #1 Montessori in India for ‘Individual Attention to students’ by Education Today and received an award from Education World for ‘Innovation in Curriculum’.

Like children, schools too must learn and grow. To commemorate the mature milestone of our 35th year in education in 2019-20, we gave children, parents, educators and the community that surrounds us – Kai Early Years and KaiCircle – a 2-acre, flagship preschool and community centre, with unprecedented opportunities for early years communities to thrive.

Come visit us at Kai and we promise that you will be enthralled with your experience.

Reflections

Jennifer Sait

Co-founder & Director, Academics

2019-20 was a thrilling year at Kai. The launch of Kai as an Early Years hub created such excitement and garnered significant attention from the Education, Architecture and Design fraternities, both in India and internationally, for its bold vision to transform the Early Years. It has been such a rewarding experience for us to see how awe-struck and in love with Kai every parent, child and well-wisher has been as soon as they entered our campus.

As our team warmly welcomed families with our beaming smiles, it was such a precious and endearing moment for us to see our children’s expressions when they first saw and experienced this breath-taking learning environment. With exuberance, they flitted around from one beautiful learning environment to the next, independent of their parents. It was rewarding to see our 20 wonder-filled indoor and outdoor environments come alive and be filled with such a vibrant buzz, as our children felt so comfortable exploring safely, playing freely and learning abundantly with their friends from around the world and across age groups. It was so gratifying for us to be able to see our children make meaningful connections through their learning to the world around them.

Our team has been very purposeful in working closely with each family and child to enable a seamless transition from their home to our school, and to ensure that each family continues to have a wonderful ongoing experience. Our teachers have strived wholeheartedly within our enabling environment to personalise the learning journey for each child, by supporting their development and empowering them to begin to become increasingly independent. Play, inquiry and activity have been uniquely integrated alongside our curriculum as teaching practices to ensure that learning remains engaging and enjoyable. Our team has also worked closely in partnership with our parents to ensure that each child thrives through an ongoing dialogue.

Being witness to the exhilarating energy of our little ones, the excited voices of our teachers, the loving smiles of our caregivers and the happy chatter of parents affirmed that we had truly begun to transform the early years.

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