Tender Care Home was not a ‘Eureka’ moment. It was a carefully thought through, well strategized and planned venture, catalyzed by passion, vision and a drive for change. The School is a brainchild of Mrs Shailaja Kekre, Wife of Wing Commander Ulhas D Kekre, an Indian Air Force Officer.
Mrs Shailaja Kekre has been an educationist for the last 35 years. A graduate in Anthropology from Miranda House, Delhi University and a postgraduate in Sociology from the reputed ‘D’ School (Delhi School of Economics), she started her professional career at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi.
Mrs. Shailaja Kekre eventually gave structure to her thoughts, when she started the School on 16 July 1996. The idea initially manifested as a small playgroup in their own house. Wing Commander Ulhas Kekre, an electrical engineer from a Regional Engineering College and a veteran of 25 years in the Indian Air Force, joined her two years later.
The Couple had always dreamt of a school, which could impart meaningful and focused education to the young generation. By virtue of being from the armed forces and having seen a number of schools all over the country, their collective experience coupled with a clear vision, they set about in their quest to realize their dream – ‘A School with a Difference’. And thus began this eventful journey of Tender Care Home.
The School began with a handful of children, to be precise four. But, that was not to be for long. It was a matter of time before the word spread. Parents from all spheres came along and the Institution grew. The success story of the initial batches is testimony to the standards the school had right from the beginning.
The next year the premises shifted to a larger four-room house. Thus began the journey of these two educationists, who had set out to on a mission to revolutionise the present education system.