About Chetan Balwadi

The Chetan Balwadi is a Laboratory Nursery School of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Faculty of Family and Community Sciences, The Maharaja Sayajirao Unversity of Baroda.

Established in 1949, it has served as a premier institution in the field of early child development. The Balwadi offers a quality early child development program for children, training of professional and paraprofessional personnel in the field of early education and also serves as a research ground.

The Program

The early childhood program applies a John Dewey influenced progressive philosophy of learning to early childhood education.  The curriculum is based on children’s experiences, interests, and need felt by the teachers.

A child centred approach makes the program activity based, encourages exploration of the environment by children, with plenty of hands on experiences which are rooted within a meaningful and thematic context. The process of learning is emphasized upon rather than just the product.


The assessment in the lab school is pressure free, developmentally appropriate, ongoing and inbuilt into the program. Daily observations by teachers, anecdotal records, portfolios, developmental checklist, cumulative records, and qualitative information of the children’s behavior, actual work samples, developmental status of children and a comprehensive profile of each child are a part of the ongoing assessment of children. The comprehensive assessment is shared with parents through individual meetings twice in a year.

Parent Involvement

Parent involvement is an integral part of Chetan Balwadi program. The focus of the parent program is capacity building through strengthening the knowledge base and to help them understand their children better.

Parents are involved through individual and group meetings, workshops and panel discussions. Parents are encouraged to participate in celebration of special events and festivals.

Unique Features

  • An integrated curriculum
  • Flexible and contextual
  • Based on children’s interest, experiences.
  • Activity based
  • Encouraging children to explore the environment
  • Focus on experiential learning
  • Opportunities for self exploration through art, music, movement, drama, role plays. self expression
  • Hands on concrete experiences
  • Emphasis on the process rather than product
Special programs
  • Project Approach
In depth investigation of a selected theme with children is called project approach. It is an investigation into various aspects of a topic that is of interest to the children.
  • Science experiments
Every week children explore naval concepts of science through experiments under teacher’s supervision.
  • Graduation Ceremony
When Senior KG children finish their academic year with Chetan Balwadi, and they are ready to go to formal school, we conduct a ceremony for them, which signifies that they are graduated from preschool to formal school.
  • Festival Celebrations
To sensitize children to the festivals of all the religion and making the environment more secular, we celebrate many festivals in Chetan Balwadi with zeal and pomp.

Children Learn Through
  • First hand experiences
  • Large, small group and individual activities
  • Fieldtrips
  • Active play
  • Exploration and discovery
  • Developmentally appropriate resources
  • Child friendly furniture
  • Display boards at children’s eye level
  • Individual shelves for each child.
  • Pleasing natural environment
Our Classrooms
  • Younger Group (3 - 4 Year Olds)
  • Older Group (4 – 5 Year Olds)
  • Kindergarten (5 – 6 Year Olds)
Centres of The Classrooms
  • Manipulative Corner
  • Doll House
  • Science Corner
  • Language Corner
  • Block Corner

Eligibility- 3 to 4 years
Population representing different socio-economic groups, occupations, religions, languages spoken at home.   Open only at entry point. Process for admission takes place in the month of December-January.
Contact Information
Phone No: 0265- 2792227
E-Mail: supdt-cbalwadi@msubaroda.ac.in

Head of Department

  • Dr. Rachana Bhangaokar
    Chetan Balwadi

    Designation: Superintendent and Assistant Professor

    Qualification: Ph. D. (2008) MSc. (HDFS) BSc. (Home)
    Phone Nos: 09427002275
    Email: superintendent-chetanbalwadi@msubaroda.ac.in
    Experience: Teaching: UG: 13 years PG: 8 years Research: 13 years
    Areas of Interest: Adolescence, Youth, Civic engagement, Moral development, Cultural psychology Outreach Activities: ...