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Each Playful Minds Educator is carefully chosen for their lively and energetic personality, their nurturing approach to childcare and their enthusiasm for Early Childhood Development. Specially trained in the Playful Minds teaching philosophy, our team understands how children thrive and learn best. They also understand how important parents and caregivers are to each child’s overall development, ensuring quality bonding time between adult and child during sessions, as well as being hands on to impart developmental guidance when needed.

Sonali Jain >


Shilpa Dutt >

Centre Head


Sonali Jain

Sonali Jain is the founder and Director of Playful minds. But more than this, she is the soul of the school. She nurtures it (as opposed to 'runs it') like a protective, indulging mother does her Baby. Hailing from a business family, Sonali herself has acquired all the qualifications required for running family businesses. But, after all this, she decided to answer the calling of her heart.. Her love for little children.

She has created a little haven for the children, which is an oasis of joy, an odyssey of wonder and a place that children love to go to. Sonali firmly believes that since play school is the first point of contact for your child with the outside world, it is our responsibility, and a huge one at that, to ensure that your little one has the most positive and loving outlook to the world. For this, all her efforts are directed towards positive affirmation for the children. By way of infrastructure, she believes in in sourcing the finest and most contemporary resources for the school. Sonali is hands on, making a positive impact on the playful minds family, with her able guidance and leadership qualities.


Shilpa Dutt

Shilpa is the vibrant face of Playful Minds, embodying the name itself. Full of high octane energy, she is all over the school premises, looking into everything that happens here. She has a keen eye for details and is an able administrator, with a firm grasp on the matters of daily running of the school. She is the go to person for all, right from the top management to the junior staff, to the outside contractors. Her love for the children is what drives her passion for the school.

 She brings with her valuable experience of working with top international level play schools and this contributes immensely to the changing ethos of Playful Minds.

 Shilpa has brought about the change in the teaching methodology by introducing the 'Playway' method of learning at Playful Minds. The teaching staff has been trained by her to adopt the internationally popular Playway style of teaching skills to the play school level. This methodology lays emphasis on the children developing and learning new skills, in a fun, stress free manner, where the child is encouraged to discover his talents and passions, on his own, under the subtle guidance from our educators, in a playful manner.

Shilpa had encouraged the method of making the learning at Playful Minds, holistic for our little children. The whole approach is child centric and his/ her interests are paramount in this method of teaching.


Ms Talish Ray

Talish Ray is the founding partner of TRS Law Offices and takes pride in the fact that she is a generalist in the world of specialists.
 She has worked extensively with corporate houses, individual clients and not for profit organizations. She has appeared before the Supreme Court of India as well as the various High Courts and Tribunals around the country and has extensive experience in the area of practice involving corporate structuring, mergers and acquisition, court litigation and, policy work.

Outside of her law practice she also serves as the Convener for the panel for gender sensitivity at the Executive Council of the Confederation of Indian Industries (Delhi State).

Talish is also the Project Director for www.girlsgottaknow.in which is an early stage gender program for young girls and women launched in December 2016. In her spare time she conducts ‘by invitation only’ heritage walks around the city of Delhi. Currently in their 5th season, about 4000 school students and 600 adults have joined her on her walks.

Talish is presently training for her Dan II blackbelt in Taekwondo. She also combines her love for history and travelling and occasionally finds the time to write about her travels.

Talish was a delegate in the 2015 Australia India Youth Dialogue in Sydney and Melbourne. She is currently serving as part of the Steering Committee.


Dr Amrita Bahl

A graduate of the doctoral program in Health Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, Dr. Amrita Bahl is passionate about harnessing the power of people for collaborative change.A former American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellow and first Virginia Palmer Fellow, her interests lie in building social capital through the use of peer networks to effect social change. In the past, she has worked in the Indian prison systems on a UNODC funded project with India Vision Foundation to train prisoners to be peer health educators.

Prior to her education at Columbia University, Amrita graduated with a Masters in Applied Clinical Psychology from the University of Delhi and worked as a Communications and Behavioural Skills Trainer at GE Capital International Services.

She also consults with private and public sector organizations on monitoring and evaluation of development projects in Education and Health and was retained by IL&FS Education to develop quality frameworks and design monitoring and evaluation systems for the ICT in Government schools project with nearly 20000 schools covered under their mandate.Amrita has also conceptualized and edited a series of Illustrative Story Books for a young audience based on the life story of a public figure.

Amrita has served as the Officer on Special Duty to the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry from 2016-18. Currently she is serving as Senior Director for Strategic Partnerships at HRIDAY.


Dr Archana Singh

Dr Archana Singh is a PhD in Disability Studies. Specialist for the past 20 years, she has in depth understanding of Academics. Her passion to bring about change has enabled her to pioneer several campaigns to bring about inclusion in India and overseas. She has brought forth a synergy of myriad experiences from working in Government, Corporate, Healthcare, Developmental, Sports and the Social Sectors. She is abreast with working with varied age groups, like children, adolescents, adults and the economically weaker sections. Her book titled “Mixed Emotions” is due for publication next year.

board of advisors

Ms Talish Ray >

Dr Amrita Bahl >

Dr Archana Singh >