Becoming a new parent is hard. You’re expected to jump right back into work, full of its strict schedules and dedicated lunchtimes. Getting out of the office early can be near impossible, and finding the right place to care for your child while you’re busy can be nerve wracking.

Before you start making your rounds to see what works for you and the little VIP in your life, we thought we’d help by rounding up some daycare and crèche services to help you make your choice.

Medhaam

A model of ‘parents as partners’ for learning and sharing tips, they operate on the assumption that both parents and teachers simply want what’s best for the child. The daycare schedule is shared online here, and end-of-day notes are shared daily with parents.

Where: C-Block, South City I, Gurgaon

Contact: +91 9654122900

Admission Age: Little Observers programme starts at six months

Timings: 9am – 3pm

Find out more here

Intellitots Creche and Activity Centre at Fortis

All the standards that apply to maintaining a premium hospital – temperature controlled rooms, strict sanity procedures, and personalised schedules, managed by experienced childcare professionals to accommodate sleep patterns, diets and special needs.

Where: Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Opposite HUDA City Centre. For more locations click here.

Contact: 0124 7162200 {main Fortis }

Admission Age: Bouncing Babies programme especially designed for kids under two years of age.

Timings: 8.30am – 6.30pm

Find out more here

Pallavan Daycare

Send your own snacks, but know that the teachers are Whatsapp-friendly and happy to chat about what’s going on with your kid{s} through the day.

Where: DLF Phase I, Opposite Qutub Plaza

Contact: +91 9871195432

Admission Age: From when the child starts to walk to six years; three hour, half-day and full-day programmes

Timings: 8.30am – 6.30pm, all working days

Find out more here

Modern Montessori International

ModernA tried and tested teaching system, passed down over a hundred years and now handled by franchise partners.

Where: DLF Phase III, Near Shiv Nadar School

Contact: +91 9810164534

Admission Age: Six months to 10 years; half day and full day programmes

Timings: 9am – 6.30pm, Monday to Friday

Follow them on Facebook here

Pathways Early Years

A system of education where curiosity is a good thing, and is used as a trigger for learning cognitive and motor skills. It follows an international school model, with an emphasis on open, green spaces.

Where: Orchid Petals, Sector 49, Sohna Road. Find out about the other locations here.

Contact: +91 9650566556

Admission Age: One year onwards

Timings: 8.30am – 6pm, all working days

Find out more here

Footprints

With a new location in DLF Phase IV, Footprints is spreading across Gurgaon and Noida. They offer a variety of services including daycare, pre-school and after school care.

Where: GH-4212, DLF Phase IV. Find out about other locations here.

Contact: +91 8010055055

Admission Age: Three months to one year for daycare

Timings: 9am – 6.30pm, Monday to Friday

Find out more here

The Little Company

It’s called TLC for short, which is always reassuring. TLC runs centres in Bombay as well, and they also run corporate facilities in Gurgaon. They are located in office areas; if it helps, you’re never too far. The child to adult ratio here is 2:1.

Where: Building No. 10, Cyber City; Unitech Infospace Complex, Sector 21; DLF Phase V, Golf Course Road, Sector 53

Contact: Contact them by clicking here

Admission Age: Six months – 18 months

Timings: 8.30am – 7pm {might vary according from centre to centre}

Find out more here

Leen’s Nestling

PallaA small but good set-up that also acts as a kindergarten. The basics are done right and the staff is like family.

Where: Suncity B-Block, Sector 54

Contact: 0124 4006179, +91 9818908571

Admissions Age: 18 months onwards

Timings: 10am – 12pm for toddlers. 9am – 12pm for the other children. Sundays off.

Follow them on Facebook here

DPSG Starz {previously Eureka}

Air-conditioned facilities, including transport, home-made fresh meals and baby feed options. They are also associated with an after-school activity centre from 2pm – 8pm, where kids can be engaged {or distracted} with a range of activities.

Where: C-2 Block, Palam Vihar

Contact: 0124 4238423, +91 8802173370

Admission Age: 18 months onwards

Timings: 8am – 8pm

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Oysterr

Run by two ladies, this creche provides home-cooked meals, and a ‘meet me’ programme for parents who may get anxious during the day. A unique settling-in programme called ‘under the wings’ means they only take in one new child in any given week, so that the staff can focus on the needs of the newest kid on the block.

Where: Sushant Lok-I, Opposite Laburnum

Contact: 0124 4044057, +91 9312949500

Admission Age: 3.5 months onwards

Timings: 8.30am – 6.30pm

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Morning Glorie

Rather than a cluttered schedule or an overly rigid structure, they want children to flourish, without pushing them into anything. They provide meals, but parents will need to provide formula and diapers. Includes pre-school and after school programmes.

Where: South City-I, Sector 54

Contact: +91 8800988442, 0124 4001603

Admission Age: Six months – 18 months. Pre school programme 18 months onwards.

Timings: 9am – 7pm; there’s also the option of half-day {until 2pm} on Saturdays

Find out more here

iDiscoveri

idiscoverA holistic system of learning, started by an international corporate professional who was unhappy with the quality of care and education his kids had access to when they were younger, you can expect every step of your child’s day to be constructed thoughtfully.

Where: Sector 46, Near Nirvana South City

Contact: +91 9818208833, +91 9910004133

Admission Age: Two years onwards

Timings: 9am – 1pm

Follow them on Facebook here

Kidzee

A nationwide chain, they have a proprietary program called iLLUME, which is India’s only university-verified pre-school curriculum.

Where: Multiple locations

Contact: Find a centre close to you here

Admission Age: 18 months onwards

Crystal Children’s Centre

A good mix of traditional and modern methods of learning. The Cradle facility has a 1:1 ratio of children to adults, and recognises unique patterns of eating, sleeping and playing. They also provide the option of nanny services on off days.

Where: DLF Phase-II, K-Block

Contact: 0124 4278699, 4228699

Admission Age: Cradle & Tots programmws, three months – 2.5 years; programmes vary for kids up to 10 years

Timings: 8.30am – 7.30pm

Find out more here

Klay Prep

Based on the principles of the Theory of Multiple Intelligence, they recognise that each child is good at his/her own thing, so milestones remain flexible. School runs till 12 noon, and is followed by varying activities for children of all ages.

Where: Sector 49, DLF Phase I, Genpact

Contact: 0124 4278699, 4228699

Admission Age: Six months onwards

Timings: Vary from centre to centre

Find out more here

Sixth Element

IMDONEWith a good understanding of the pressures that nuclear working families go through, they even provide an emergency back up hourly/weekly arrangement for unavoidable work pressure commitments, and plenty of reasons to learn/celebrate during the week.

Where: South City I, B Block, Near Signature Towers

Contact: +91 8527274695

Admission Age: 12 months onwards

Timings: 12.30pm – 7pm Monday-Friday; 9am – 2pm Saturday

Find out more here

Ipsaa Day Care 

A well-maintained home-like environment, run by a team that believes children should not be shuffled from one activity to the other. It is influenced by the teaching principles of Shri Aurobindo, and they put care before education. The programme for six months to 1 year old children maintains a 1:1 ratio of kids to mentors.

Where: J-Block, Mayfield Gardens, Opposite Nirvana Country, Sector 51

Contact: 0124 4594700

Admission Age: 4 – 6 months onwards

Timings: 8am – 8pm; you can also discuss timings that suit you

Find out more here