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Tot For The Day: No Work And All Play

With no need for approval or affiliations, playschools are the easiest to open these days

Tot For The Day: No Work And All Play
Tot For The Day: No Work And All Play
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Setting up a playschool is child's play these days. Or so it seems, judging by the number of pre-schools proliferating in our metros and small towns today. Mushrooming in an entirely unregulated sector, where neither messy government approval nor education board affiliation are necessary for setting up a school. So our pre-schools are run variously, and sometimes strangely—as mom-and-pop nurseries in private homes and garages, programmes for kids run by educationists, branches of pre-school chains run by entrepreneurs, even multinational companies. And monthly fees are for the asking: ranging from anything between Rs 300 and Rs 5,000 per child.

"With working couples, nuclear households and single-child families increasingly becoming the norm these days, parents are relying heavily on pre-schools to care for their children," says Dolly Kochhar, owner of A Step Ahead, a playschool that started with two students last September in Gurgaon, a Delhi suburb that already has scores of pre-schools. Now it has over 30 children, some just a year-and-a-half old who come in accompanied...
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