Thanks again for the detailed response!
We are in Airoli - and are new to Mumbai.
My kid used to go to Podar play school in a different city. For a child as young as 1.5 to 2.5, its very difficult to find out if the kid is really happy there - its play school, and kids that young are supposed to enjoy there! I can only comment from a parents perspective - the teachers at Euro play group appear to be cheerful, and appear to take an interest in your child. I get constant feedback and daily updates from the teacher. With Podar, I would hardly get to meet the teacher and only the facility incharge used to talk occassionaly. My child looks forward to going to school everyday and I am more comfortable with sending my child to Euro Play group.
Now - the bigger question - hows the school at primary and above levels? Since it is a new school, I am a bit apprehensive. Hence I was looking for more feedback on NHPS and DAV. On googling, I can see that both NHPS and DAV, Airoli have been doing good in sports and extra curricular activities. I'd like to know how these schools are doing academically. Hows the CBSE result been over the past few years? Hows the staff, and general school environment?
On the boards - I have a preference for CBSE. I had friends who passed out from ICSE and have seen their books and curriculum.
1. In CBSE - I found equal stress on English and Hindi as Ist and 2nd Languages. The medium of instruction was English in my school and yes, we were always encouraged to converse in English. Also, a lot depends on the city/home environment. In Bangalore, I see kids conversing in English ALL the time, irrespective of the board. In Delhi, its Hindi/English mix.
2. English was more detailed and comprehensive in ICSE.
3. There were additional subjects like Environmental science etc in ICSE.
4. My ICSE friends found science tougher in CBSE. A lot of stuff was not in their curriculum. This was 15 years back, so there might have been changes.
5. Maths was equally tough in both the boards.
6. Engg/Medical Entrance exams are tough - irrespective of the board. Without extra coaching, its nearly impossible to crack them.
Thanks all and keep the discussion going...