The dynamic Anju Cherian is back in the city. Inspired by Oprah Winfrey’s belief ‘Become the change you want to see,’ she developed Baby Sensory. “More than anything else it focuses on play-based learning, in a fun, stimulating environment. It helps in the overall sensory development of a child as compared to school learning. For example, a child who had a developmental delay, benefited a lot from these modules,” explains Anju. After a successful corporate career in India and the Middle East, she decided to give it all up and take the route to entrepreneurship in the city, when she tasted motherhood. She is taking a big leap towards early learning and development programmes in India and the neighbouring countries with her eduventure.
After graduation in Mathematics, she completed an MBA in marketing. So how and when did the idea of being a certified Baby Sensory trainer come about, we ask and she explains, “My father has been my biggest inspiration by instilling in me a love for reading, education and learning. My daughter Talia inspired the thought in me that it is important for parents to spend quality time with their children. I decided to give up my corporate career and take the route to entrepreneurship when I experienced motherhood for the first time. Early learning and development for children is very popular internationally, but in India, it’s a first.”
On a personal level, Anju is an ardent lover and appreciator of anything creative. “I enjoy reading and have an insatiable appetite for good reads. I also spend some time painting on my favourite subject— elephants. I like to read up on pet topics like art, architecture and elephants. One of my favourite books is To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. But nothing gives me more satisfaction than those that I receive from all the compliments from the parents. So many of them have told me how it’s made a difference, as we focus on play based learning. Everytime a parent comes forward and says how their child has changed, it makes me happy.”
Being a voracious reader by nature, Anju was prepared for the new role in her life by reading up extensively on early years’ development of children. “The more I read and researched, the more convinced I was of the importance of sensory stimulation and the impact of the first five years on a child’s development. I started exploring parent child programmes and that’s how this was born. It stood out as it is well researched and well-designed by Dr Lin Day and is already making a positive impact on the society. There are no such programmes existing in Bengaluru and across India. This city is special for me as I started my corporate career fresh out of college here before I moved abroad.”
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