Intellitots – Beyond Preschool, Excellence In The Early Years
A parent-toddler class at Intellitots gives you a glimpse of how early learning methods have changed in India.
The blackboard and chalk is replaced by educational toys, puppets, and musical instruments. The traditional one-way of teaching has given way to “circle-time” where kids are sharing what’s new and exciting in their worlds, and the teachers invest loads of energy in channeling each child’s creative energy uniquely. The curriculum is more focused on teaching them concepts such as the animal kingdom, the world around them, the human body, and values such as conservation, hygiene, good manners through role-playing, story-telling, and hands-on projects. And the classroom is nothing less than a fantasyland, decorated with colorful charts, creative artwork, and live music. No wonder these toddlers are happy-faced and look forward to these sessions.
Intellitots Learning is a popular early learning center in Gurgaon that strives to promote excellence in early childhood education through such innovative learning oriented programs. Besides these enrichment programs, it runs an accredited preschool and daycare center, workshops, camps, and other initiatives, all centered around early years.
Pooja Goyal, Founder and Director of Intellitots strongly believes that ‘learning happens when there is an emotionally safe climate and a rich, stimulating environment for children. That is exactly what Intellitots attempts to provide through trained educators and a playful, engaging environment conducive to learning. Intellitots strives to get children to experience the joy and highs of learning and sets them on the path of becoming confident and successful individuals’.
How it all began?
Back in 2008, Pooja Goyal and Shivani Kapoor, both batchmates from IIT-Delhi, had moved back from the US after spending almost a decade overseas working in the corporate world. Pooja returned back with Adobe Systems and transitioned from San Jose, office to Noida, India Office. Shivani had worked with Infosys across the globe. Both were looking for engaging child development programs for their children but were surprised with the lack of options Delhi offered. Both sharing the same passion for early years education and a strong belief that ‘Early Years Matter!’, decided to start Intellitots.
Shivani Kapoor, Founder Director of Intellitots says, “Gurgaon has a lot of discerning parents and expats who’ve made it their home. These parents have been used to world-class child enrichment programs outside ofIndia. We wanted to provide a similar experience when it came to early year’s education.”
More than 5000 families in Gurgaon have benefitted from Intellitots flagship learning programs: Bouncing Babies-A Parent-Toddler program, Word World-A Language Enrichment Program, and Creative Xpressions-A Music, Speech, and Drama program so far. This is a direct endorsement of the passion and dedication that Pooja and Shivani bring, as well as the team of internationally-trained and well-respected educationists that they have attracted.
Parents like the fact that Intellitots has an open and transparent approach to teaching. Parents are welcome to sit in during class sessions and encouraged to give their feedback on any aspect related to the center. Besides the fun learning environment and a research based child-centric curriculum, their personalized attention to each child, professional attitude of the management, an ever-smiling and caring staff, all contribute towards making Intellitots a top choice for discerning Gurgaon parents.
“One of the reasons, we feel comfortable in Gurgaon is because there is Intellitots, to take care of my children.”, says a mother of twins who are enrolled in the Intellitots preschool.
A parent of the Word-world program student says, “Hema did not know how to read a few months back. Now I feel very proud when I see her reading Roald Dahl books and reading even big unfamiliar words by herself, all because of the excellent phonics foundation laid by Intellitots.!”
From success to significance
Over the last four years Intellitots has developed quiet a fan following but to Pooja and Shivani Intellitots’s success is measured by the positive difference that they make in children’s lives one family at a time.
“I have attended classes in Boston, Mumbai, and Delhi but I have to admit that the parent-toddler classes at Intellitots are the best. My child has learnt everything here-singing, reading, learning, growing. I can’t imagine a better place than Intellitots for my child.” says Ritu, mother of Anay.
Pooja Goyal says, “A kid’s smile and a parent’s reassuring words are what drive us. My day may be full of stresses, but I find peace at night, just knowing that we’ve made a difference in a child’s life today.”
Currently, Pooja and Shivani are busy expanding Intellitots to new locations. They have set up the second Intellitots center within the flagship Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurgaon. This facility has the state of the art Daycare and Kids Club, international quality outdoor playdeck, a store for Intellitots merchandise as well as ongoing parenting and children workshops.
About the Founders:
Pooja Goyal is the Founder and Director of Intellitots Learning. Pooja is an engineer from IIT Delhi and has done her MBA from INSEAD, France. Pooja is a serial entrepreneur and having worked and lived in the US, Europe and India, she blends a successful track record at companies like Adobe Systems and Palm with her passion for education in the early years. She has worked extensively to develop world class learning oriented programs and products for the early years. She is a children’s book author, a singer, a mother of two adorable girls and above all an educationist with a passion for impacting the early years.
Shivani Kapoor is the Founder and Director of Intellitots Learning. She is an engineer from IIT Delhi and has done her executive management studies from IIM Calcutta. Shivani spent 10+ years living and worked in various places around the globe such as US, UK, Japan and Canada. She holds a successful track record at Fortune-500 companies in the fields of IT, consulting and management. Shivani is passionate about education and has been closely associated with various programs for young children offered at different places around the world. Based on her inter-disciplinary background, her passion for making learning fun and her belief that only the best will do, Shivani has done innovative work in the field of education management.
-As shared by Pooja Goyal, Co-Founder Intellitots