The Planet Pre school proposes to nurture young minds with nature as their learning environment. It aims to embrace natural surroundings and discover the joy of learning. The engagements provide them independence and responsibility towards local and global concerns. The programme inspires to cherish lifelong learnings with zeal to accomplish, making them compassionate towards the world around them.


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What makes us an exceptional school?

The Planet Pre school set in a campus of 14 acres of wilderness provides a nature-based early learning programme that support growth across the development domains and foster skills in areas such as language, thinking, confidence, self-regulation, and motor development to prepare students for formal schooling.

The school will enhance understanding of sustainable development to give a unique opportunity to endorse attitudes, strategies and technologies which are environmentally sustainable.

The Planet Pre school brings over 30 years of CEE’s experience as well as international experience along with local adaptability to build synergies to infuse citizenship among children making the world a better place to stay.


Minakshi Balkrishna Principal


Minakshi Balkrishna has teaching and administrative experience for the past 30 years. She has experience in teaching in International schools in India and abroad and has implemented the International Baccalaureate PYP Programme and conducted the Evaluation and self-study for the school she was working. She has conducted several workshops to initiate the school teachers to orient in the mode of International curriculum, methodology and pedagogy. She was the PYP chair of GUJNET an important body between the IBO office and local schools. Her last tenure was from an international school as Executive Director. 

She has attended workshops at Harvard Graduate School of Education for the Future of Learning, programme. Her passion has helped many a start up like wonder boxx a science based DIY kit to help in concept and program.  She has worked as Education consultant for several schools and is also on the advisory committee and on the board of some schools in Ahmedabad.

Minakshi Balkrishna has Post Graduation in Economics and has a Bachelors in Education. She is currently pursuing her PhD in education and management from the Academy of Human Resource, Ahmedabad.


 Why is Nature Based Education Important in Early Childhood?

Nature is important to children’s development in every major way—intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically (Kellert, 2005).

Studies in the US show that schools that use outdoor classrooms and other forms of nature-based experiential education support significant student gains in social studies, science, language arts, and math. Students in outdoor science programs improved their science testing scores by 27% (American Institutes for Research, 2005). Read More

From a very early age, children are curious about the world around them. As they learn and grow, experiencing nature with all of their senses is a critical part of their development (NAAEE 2010). Exploration of the natural world allows young children to create a lasting attachment to the environment (NAAEE 2010) Read more

The research is quite clear that the best practice in early childhood education is to break away from passive instruction and allow for more play and investigation, and this kind of learning early in life builds skills and interests that serve children throughout their school years, and later in life.Read more

Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health. Without direct experiences in nature, research findings suggest that children are missing opportunities to enhance their health and well-being, and to develop responsible long-term environmental behaviour.Read more

Research shows that by spending time in direct contact with the environment, children have the positive experiences that may precondition them to caring about the natural world later in life (Ewert, Place, & Sibthorp, 2005).

National Science Foundation has come out in favour of nature play in early childhood, as a means to increase later interest in and understanding of science. Since knowledge about any given topic accumulates over time, these early explorations of the environment become a foundation for later understanding of natural science, which may build better environmental decision makers for the future (Staempfli, 2008).Read More



Programme starts on June 5, 2018

:  Ms. Meena A.S. +91-79-26844704
 Ms. Priya Nair  +91-79-26844872

School timing 9:30 am to 12:30 pm (Monday to Friday)


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The Planet Pre School

Centre of Environment Education
Thaltej Tekra, Ahmedabad 380 054, Gujarat, India
Phone number: +91-79-26858002 to 2005




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