Social-emotional learning and why it matters for kids

July 15, 2022

The news these days is filled with all kinds of challenges and issues that kids have to face to feel included and accepted despite all their talents, efforts and grades. Who is to blame for this current predicament? We are all held accountable. With everything changing and growing at the speed of light, some of us are still shadowed by a ridged thought process and are hesitant to adapt to change.

We do not miss out on any app updates or system updates, but do we remember the last time the education system or our teaching methods were updated? Not aptly, right? Granted, educational degrees are vital, but we need to deeply understand that they do not complete the picture. In most cases we are driven to pushing our kids towards success which to us means great education and a good job. Let us take a step back here and understand that despite all this success, we need the child to feel confident and happy for everything they have worked hard to achieve.

Understandably, with kids getting exposed to new environments and situations it is important for us to update our ways of learning and teaching. The needs of kids now are different from the needs we had when we were younger. Hence, it is time we adapt to the new way of learning that is SEL or Social-Emotional Learning.

What is Social-Emotional Learning? Do we need it?

In simple words, just as important as your math and science, SEL emphasizes social and emotional skills. We, humans, have lived through centuries and this has been possible with the existence of societies and communities. This leads to interactions and various relations that we need to maintain and develop. All of this is possible only when we are aware of ourselves and are capable enough to contribute to society without being judged.

So, SEL would be the right fit to succeed with the right mindset and attitude. Let us briefly look at the core proficiencies that SEL has for us:

• Self–awareness: This means having the ability to recognize one’s feelings by acknowledging them. Having a realistic understanding not only of the strengths but also our weaknesses is a must to progress and make better relations.
• Social – awareness: Apart from ourselves, being aware of what others feel with a good judgment of their perspectives allows us to positively interact and form relations. Being ignorant of others’ needs entitles us to be intolerant, but through SEL, we can learn tolerance which opens room for respect and acceptance.
• Self-Management: Being able to manage emotions and knowing when to step back is also a skill that facilitates timely action and encourages us to overcome setbacks.
• Responsible decision-making: This skill is such a life saver, be it in any field of life. Having a knack to assess risks and take actions that are in the best interest of all, considering all factors and consequences is a life skill. Decision-making induces personal responsibility which is a great asset.

You must be wondering how it is possible to engage or start these teachings and SEL learnings at a young age. Will children even be able to understand and use this knowledge?

To answer that, you can check out Kara4kids, a leading preschool in Bangalore that has great expertise with children and new-age learning. We believe that watering the plant is good but providing the right nutrition from the start helps us watch it grow the healthy way. It is the same for our children, education is like water, an absolute necessity but social and emotional skills are like nutrition that balance the equation of growth in a healthy way.
So, all parents looking forward to a mindful journey of nurturing and play, look no further, at our preschool in Bangalore we have exactly what you need.

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 Curriculum Head

Geraldine Dmello is the Curriculum Head and Consultant at Kara 4 Kids.
She has attained her MS ( diploma) in Special Education and a certification in Adult Supervision in Early Childhood Education from the UCLA University.
Her past experiences involves over 30 years of experience in private schools both international and in India.
She has authored poems, conceived books, speaks and consults on the topics related to the whole child development making teaching in the Early Childhood space a reciprocal experience, filled with a vibrancy that creates a powerful sustained shared thinking.
While in the conceptualizing of the curriculum she keeps in mind the importance of honoring a child. Her core belief is in the saying that ” A berry ripens in its own good time and so does a child’s readiness.”

Sandeep U


Spearheading the finance, Sandeep is a qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has close to 10 years of experience in handling finance for various organizations. Having spent his career life in a CA firm, venture capitalist firm, real estate and in the garment industry, Sandeep is keen on implementing his knowledge and expertise at 315WA to fuel the growth that we envision. He’s the true follower of the saying that “None of us are stronger than all of us” which has enabled him in achieving the 315WA’s goal to build a most strong and consistent team. He was a part of setting up and implementing a complex business processes committee across multiple industries/sectors. In his journey at 315WA he made sure that every ₹ spent on each square foot will have a direct and huge impact in every organization’s growth as even the biggest cloud is a large collection of very tiny droplets of water. He is a strong believer of money saved is money earned and is looking forward to starting this fast-paced ship.

Rukmini Padakadla


 Meet Rukmini P, our esteemed Head of Human Resources, bringing in over 15 years of progressive experience in the field. As a seasoned leader, she has demonstrated her prowess in various aspects of Human Resources, including workforce management, recruitment, payroll, and policies/procedures development. Her exceptional expertise lies in sourcing and hiring top-notch talent, ensuring that our team comprises the industry’s best and brightest minds.

With a background in Science and a PG degree in English literature, along with a PG Diploma in Human Resources and Marketing, Rukmini exemplifies a highly skilled professional. Her unwavering commitment to driving our organization’s success through effective HR strategies and practices, particularly focusing on workforce management, sets her apart as a true asset to our team.


Strategic Operations – Head

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do” – Steve Jobs

It is this belief that inspired Ms. Sapna Erappa to follow her passion, after a decade’s career in banking and finance. Her journey in Early Childhood Education began in 2010 and ever since she has worked with renowned preschools in Bangalore in various leadership roles over a span of 15 years. She holds a degree in Finance & Marketing and has wide exposure in Early Years Education. She has participated in a number of Early Childhood Conferences and IB workshops. 

In her current role as the Strategic Operations – Head at Kara4Kids, she has worked towards building a strong team, motivating them to ensure top-notch standards are maintained in the schools. She believes that a loving and happy environment not only helps children to learn while having fun but also brings the best out of the teachers. Ultimately, the aim is to ensure plenty of learning opportunities are offered to children to bring out their innate potential. Her goal is to create a balanced learning ecosystem where every stakeholder in the school community takes responsibility for the child’s learning journey. She firmly believes and hopes that the education system of today helps children to develop empathy, compassion, and resilience along with academic excellence.



Manas Mehrotra is a qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Bachelors of Law, MBA (Entrepreneurship) from Babson College (USA). The Founder of NestaVera Group of companies, Manas has his vision rooted in the core belief that the only thing constant in this dynamic business era is Change. He believes that the ongoing process of Brainstorming, Innovation, and Adaptation to change should always be the heart of any organisation that seeks economic and social success. He drives his workforce with a strong emphasis on inculcating faith and building long term strategic relationships with both clients and employees.

Manas has also played a pivotal role in the success of Greenwood High Schools. The institution has grown many folds with more than 9 National level Awards to its name in last 3 years under his leadership. Under his stewardship & unique approach to education, Greenwood High Schools have unparalleled achievements to their name in moulding the young minds of tomorrow. He believes in combining quality education with a proper blend of traditional values and the best that modern-day technology has to offer.



Khushroo Rustumji, an alumnus of IIT is the founder of Kara. Having been the Chairman of two companies listed on the BSE, a subsidiary of a Company listed on the London Stock Exchange and a Consultant to numerous national and international organizations, his tenure of work before establishing Kara spans a myriad of corporate experiences.

With a strong belief in how a good Preschool is the vital ingredient in building a Child’s Foundation, Rustumji and his wife envisioned Kara. Upon returning to India after having spent 21 years in the UK, they decided to establish the first pre-school with international standards in Bangalore, much to the delight of discerning parents here. This is how the tale of kara unravelled years ago under the stewardship of Rustumji.



Backed by their sheer hard work and talent, women entrepreneurs worldwide are changing the landscape across every industry. One such visionary in the field of early education is Prachi Mehrotra- Executive Director at Kara4kids. She is also the Director at NestaVera Group of Companies.

 After completing her formal education at a boarding school in Mussorie, Prachi moved to the UK to pursue her degree in Management studies at the University of Nottingham post which she returned to India to pursue her MBA in Finance & Marketing. Her enriching experience, exposure, and learning in these pivotal years taught her the art of adapting to different scenarios, pertaining to education, demographics, and cultures.She strongly believes in developing a culture of trust and transparency at the workplace, which will in turn facilitate the construction of an efficient, effective, productive, and valuable organization.

As an achiever of excellence in both academic and extra co- curricular fields, she reckons that curiosity to learn is the spark that should be the driving force of every organization. As a millenial mother to three children herself, she strongly beleives that early learning is where the root of knowledge begins to get founded for an individual, therefore it is imperative that equal importance be showered upon these nascent founding years of our children’s lives. She passionately envisions to create dynamic,explorative, nurturing – learning and childcare spaces where children fall in love with the joy of learning every day.
 As an Executive Director of Kara4Kids, she handles a multi- faceted role across various domains i.e. Operations, Marketing, Teaching Pedagogy, Expansion, Implementation of teaching interventions, and Management of all the preschool and child care centers. Her ever-dynamic approach and exuberance make her an exemplary leader.