It is the aim of every parents to find the right school for their child, one that takes care of his learning, equips him with life skills as well as helps in his overall development.
Several years ago, it was this same desire that propelled Mrs. Preeti Bhandary to look around her neighbourhood for an “outstanding pre-school” to enrol her child in. She came across many good schools, each offering something unique to the child. Yet, what was missing was a good school that gave her child EVERYTHING that the little one needed for her all round growth. As with any parent, she wanted nothing but the best for her child. Her aspiration to fulfil that dream led her to initiate one of the most respected group of institutions in India, a pioneer in early childhood education and care – the Little Elly chain of pre-schools.
With the steadfast support of her husband, Mr. Vittal Bhandary, Preeti’s endeavour began to take shape. Combining the rich experience of her career as a kindergarten teacher with her love for teaching in innovative and unique ways, she set out to start “Salmiya Playschool”, a pre-school in Kuwait in 2000. From there on, there was no looking back.
The following years of learning, research and experience were invaluable. Enriching her theoretical knowledge and practical exposure gave her a real-life understanding of the best practises in the field of early childhood education and care.
Having amassed many years of skill in nurturing the individual needs of a child, her next calling was to pass on that know-how to a wider audience. She designed a superior educational program for the holistic development for children, mentored dedicated faculty and set high standards of excellence for adherence to children’s needs. This was the genesis of Little Elly – The Concept pre-school.
Global Learning System Private Limited, publishers of children’s books for over 25 years and marketers of some of the world’s best educational aids ventured into the preschool business in India and partnered with Salmiya playschool to develop a well researched learning program suitable for practical learning needs for pre-schoolers in India. Thus, Little Elly Playschool was founded and established in 2004 by Vittal and Preeti Bhandary.
In August 2005, Glentree UK collaborated with them to provide technical and curriculum inputs and support.
To provide a greater thrust in reaching out to the community, the founders formed a new company M/s Learning Edge India Private Limited. It took over the preschool business from M/s Global Learning System Private Limited in the year 2007 .
The first Little Elly pre-school was set-up in BTM Layout, Bengaluru in 2008. Today, the Little Elly group comprises of several franchisees and training centres that are spread all over the country. They provide individualized learning opportunities and well researched teaching methods to aid the overall development of a child.