The Papagoya Story

There is much intrigue around why two Indian women started a Norwegian Kindergarten in India. And so here is our story.

We have had the privilege to live, study and work in Norway and be exposed to a very progressive Scandinavian way of life where women represent 40% of all Board seats, men take pride in going on Paternity Leave and toddlers grow to be confident, independent and gentle little people. And the common thread that allows for all of this to happen seamlessly, is the Norwegian Kindergarten. And so we thought, why can’t this be so, even in India?

Papagoya is our endeavour to create a safe and welcoming environment for children where they are met with the recognition and respect for who they truly are. It is our space where we can appreciate the intrinsic value of childhood. This is our effort at supporting working parents and particularly mothers, to pursue their ambitions and passions. Where we hope to encourage true gender equality and see more involved fathers. Papagoya is our long-term dream to influence early childhood practices in India. This is our way of making an impact, by creating an ecosystem that supports the new Indian parent and child.

So why are we called Papagoya? The name Papagoya is inspired by papegøye, the Norwegian word for Parrot. A parrot's character traits are amazingly similar to those of a toddler - they come in all shapes and sizes, love to imitate, are musical and colourful, they need environmental enrichment where play forms a large part of their learning, and they even walk with a rolling gait! Much like toddlers, we thought. To our children, Papagoya means play. They eagerly arrive at Papagoya (we are not called “School”) every morning to enjoy the day’s play.

Meet the Team

Helen Issar

Co-Founder

Darshana Rajaram

Co-Founder

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Hanne Kristin

Advisor

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Lene Vatne

Advisor

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Trisha Balakrishna

Educator

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Mahima Krishnan

Educator

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Rosemary Joy

Educator

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Penny

Entertainer

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Kavita

Support

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Devi

Support

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Raja

Security

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You?

Careers

We see Papagoya as a safe and stimulating space for children. But when looking at it more holistically, we also see it as being a vibrant, fun and inspiring space for adults who enjoy working with children. With a ratio of 1 adult to 3 children, we are always on the look-out for bright, passionate individuals who want to work with us.

If you have the desire to impact and change the early childhood education space, are open to embracing an alternative approach to toddler learning and are excited about spending your days with bright-eyed toddlers - write in to us at hello@papagoya.com and tell us your story.