Puja Das and Abhisha Shrivastava, alumni from IIT Bombay and ISB Hyderabad, are on a mission to support working women across India by building a reliable childcare system. They launched their first Sandbox facility (www.sandboxcare.com) in Mumbai in 2016 and there has been no looking back since then. After receiving an overwhelming response in Raheja Vihar, Chandivali, and Powai Plaza, Hiranandani (Powai) they are now opening their third centre in Chandivali, Andheri East, all within two years. Sandbox’s new facility is a sprawling 2500 sq.ft carpet area with well-planned interiors to enhance the child’s learning and exposure.
Sandbox is supported by IIM Ahmedabad faculty, Prof Sunil Handa’s famous Eklavya School, ranked 1st in Gujarat and well known in educational circles for its revolutionary teaching approach (www.eklavya.org). Puja and Abhisha, having had a rich exposure at MNCs, IIT and ISB, realize the needs and challenges of today’s parents and the special care their children deserve especially at this nascent age, given their 90% brain development already happens by the age of 5 . They have created a chain of world-class high quality early-learning and child-care centres with Sandbox.
Sandbox supports working mothers right from their time maternity leave ends. They offer care for kids as young as 6 months. Infant Care Programme involves a 1:2 adult to child ratio and also the needed stimulation to ensure healthy development of the child. Their Toddler Learning and Care Programme starts takes in kids aged 18 months+ and has a focus on all round development of the child. Another salient feature of their programme is the focus on practical life skills inspired by Montessori Method of Learning. Right from obstacle runs for physical development to concept introduction in experiential ways for cognitive development, story-telling for language development, group activities for social skills, music, art and craft for creative skills – all form part of their programme. There is special consideration on child lead method of learning to let each child learn at her own pace. They also have an After-School Programme for school going kids. Kids after their school, can directly be dropped at Sandbox and then they make their rest of the day exciting with a lot of fun and learning based extra-curricular activities. Sandbox’s series of parenting workshops are very well known in parent communities in Mumbai. They also organise various fun events for children on Saturdays. Sandbox also offers on-demand baby-sitting when parents require support occasionally.
In this age of nuclear families, Sandbox wants to be the joint family every child deserves, a home away from home, a happy, healthy and safe place. In order to ensure this, a lot of things have been paid special attention to. Sandbox has a kind and loving team of motherly professionals who are extensively trained by early learning, child psychology and child-care experts. They have a tie-up with Hiranandani Hospital in order to cater to medical emergencies. Their place has been audited by Safe Baby to ensure right measures for a child-friendly space. Their efforts have been recognised by several reputed MNCs in Powai / Chandivali / Andheri East who have tied up with them and recommended them to their employees for their acclaimed home-like child-care support. They are open from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday through Saturday, all round the year.
Sandbox facilities have some amazing reviews from their customers –
Parent Review from Chandivali Centre –
“Vivaan started going to sandbox when he was 6 months old and now he is about to turn 2 years in a few days. I couldn’t have been able to continue my career and focus on my work if I wouldn’t have chosen Sandbox. When I leave Vivaan at sandbox in the morning, I leave without any anxiety or worry. I know that my kid is at safe place and in good hands. I rarely call in the day to check upon him. This is the kind of trust parents should have with the daycare/caregiver for a peaceful life and sandbox gave me that. Thanks a lot sandbox for giving me that kind of trust. Vivaan has a completely another life in daycare and he loves that. He meets his teachers, friends, didis, Abhisha, Pooja. He likes to play with them and enjoys their company. In sandbox, they daily have activities and dance. He learns a lot in these activities. Sometimes he surprises me with completely new words/skills that he would have picked up at sandbox. Sandbox puts in a lot of effort in feeding the kids. He eats everything in daycare.Really happy with sandbox. Thanks a lot sandbox for taking care of our kids as your own!” says Vandana Gupta.
Parent Review from Powai Centre –
“My little one has been going to Sandbox since she was 8 months old.. As any mom I was very anxious about how she will be taken care of.. whether they will be able to meet my expectations..Sandbox’s staff has been a blessing for me.. the best thing I like about the place is that their care is customized based on needs of the little one instead of being the other way around.. the staff is very dedicated.. the place is clean and hygenic.. I get access whenever required.. most of all my little one loves the place and the staff..” says Nitu Agrawal
Launch Day Plan
Sandbox’s new facility at Chandivali is all set to launch on 17th June 2018, Sunday. Do visit them with your little ones anytime between 10 am and 8 pm for a host of fun activities including Bottle Art, Balloon Art, Marble Painting, Abstract Art and Puffy Painting!
Venue – 401, Crystal Centre, Raheja Vihar, Chandivali, Andheri East, Mumbai – 400072
Contact – 9833171510 / 9820685186
MAKE SURE YOU VISIT THEM ON THEIR LAUNCH THIS SUNDAY (17 JUNE 2018) ANYTIME BETWEEN 10 AM AND 8 PM FOR FUN ACTIVITIES LIKE BOTTLE ART, BALLOON ART, MARBLE PAINTING, PUFFY PAINTING AND ABSTRACT ART
Contact – 9833171510 / 9820685186