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Welcome to The Aster School

We are thrilled to welcome you to the Aster family. We look forward to partnering with you to assist in the development of your most precious asset: your children!

When you enrol your child to The Aster School, your child truly becomes our child.

At Aster, we hold two principles very dear to our heart:

  • Children are central to everything we do.
  • Families are our primary partner.
Our Program

Where your baby can grow from a bundle of joy to a bundle of curiosity

Our Day Care is called ‘Popping Stars’ and is specifically designed for babies from 10 months to 4.5 years.

The day care area is integrated with a snooze room, which enables staff to check on the babies while they have a nap.

Attentive care and nurturing is vital at this young age and our babies benefit greatly from engagement with adults, other children and the physical and outdoor environment.

Parent and Toddler Program

Our ‘Parent and Toddler’ Program is run by qualified facilitators who have special ‘baby whispering’ skills. We always have a musician or artist in our crew during this program to create a very unique atmosphere. We encourage lots of parent involvement and parent-child bonding.

It is a 45 minutes class, which includes:

Preschool Program

Our Preschool Program is a 4 years Play-based learning program which includes:

  1. Play Group (1.5 years – 2.5 years)
  2. Pre – Nursery (2.5 years – 3.5 years)
  3. Nursery (3.5 years – 4.5 years)
  4. Kindergarten (4.5 years – 5.5 years)

Grade 1

Grade 1 is the first step your child will take into formal education. This stage of education brings with it a mix of feelings: excitement, nervousness and a lot of curiosity. It is very important to encourage your child’s curiosity at their pace, to develop a love for learning and help overcome fear and nerves. At this stage, children will be introduced to all essential subjects like Science, Geography, Social Studies and World History. We will also be further developing their Math and English Language skills. There will be lots of fun reading activities that will help develop a habit of reading in every child. Moreover, children will also be introduced to the world of Robotics which is an essential part of STEM education.

Our Approach

Wonder

At Aster, we encourage kids to explore, create, pretend, imagine and learn from trial and error.

Discover

We provide the opportunity to children to map their own path, and make their own discoveries — they learn the value of exploring and stumbling upon joy on their own terms.

Inquire

We nurture curious minds, and encourage children to ask questions, learn new things every day and be open to exciting discoveries of all kinds.

Enjoy

Happiness is our biggest asset! We encourage children to smile, laugh, be silly and be completely at ease.

Wonder

At Aster, we encourage kids to explore, create, pretend, imagine and learn from trial and error.

Inquire

We nurture curious minds, and encourage children to ask questions, learn new things every day and be open to exciting discoveries of all kinds.

Discover

We provide the opportunity to children to map their own path, and make their own discoveries — they learn the value of exploring and stumbling upon joy on their own terms.

Enjoy

Happiness is our biggest asset! We encourage children to smile, laugh, be silly and be completely at ease.
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Meet Our Team
Falak Shaikhani
Founder & Director
Falak Shaikhani, the founder of The Aster School, is extremely passionate about making a positive difference in Pakistan’s education system. Her drive to contribute to education in Pakistan led her to conduct extensive research around early childhood education…

Mughees Bilwani
Director
Mughees Bilwani is an entrepreneur and foreign exchange trader by profession. While his semester abroad at Monash University in Australia, he was exposed to very non-traditional teaching methods which encouraged him to explore it more. Mughees loves to try new things…

Omer Altaf
Director
Omer Altaf holds an ACCA, and as a director at Aster, is devoted to help both the institution as well as the students at Aster evolve. He is also on-board at Alpha College and Alpha High-School as a director. His passion as an educationist, and his drive to develop engaging…

Shehroz Iqbal
Director
Shehroze Iqbal holds an ACCA, and now works as an educationist in Pakistan. He is affiliated with Alpha College and Alpha High-School as a director. For him, the idea behind Aster is to bring about a revolution in the education system in Pakistan. He believes that the early phase…

Kashan Iqbal
Director
Kashan Iqbal holds an ACCA, and is the acting director at Alpha College and Alpha High-School in Karachi, Pakistan. His experience as an individual driven to provide quality education at the primary and secondary levels in Pakistan makes him a valuable asset at Aster…

Nawaid Ali
Director
Nawaid Ali, also a director at Alpha College and Alpha High-School, has been involved in the teaching profession for over 20 years. He is one of the most well reputed Physics instructors in Karachi – because of his invaluable experience and expertise as an educator he has been an integral part…

Salman Mustafa
Director
Salman Mustafa holds an MSc in Economics, and has worked with a number of prestigious educational institutions in Karachi, such as the Beaconhouse School System and The City School. He currently also acts as the director at Alpha College, and is committed to extending his…

Zarak Mushtaq
Director
Zarak Mushtaq believes in developing an education model which is less of an imposition of age-old, unquestioned traditional teaching methods – as an educationist, and a director at Alpha College and Alpha High School, he is driven to work on pedagogy that…

Falak Shaikhani
Founder & Director
Falak Shaikhani, the founder of The Aster School, is extremely passionate about making a positive difference in Pakistan’s education system. Her drive to contribute to education in Pakistan led her to conduct extensive research around early childhood education…

Kashan Iqbal
Director
Kashan Iqbal holds an ACCA, and is the acting director at Alpha College and Alpha High-School in Karachi, Pakistan. His experience as an individual driven to provide quality education at the primary and secondary levels in Pakistan makes him a valuable asset at Aster…

Mughees Bilwani
Director
Mughees Bilwani is an entrepreneur and foreign exchange trader by profession. While his semester abroad at Monash University in Australia, he was exposed to very non-traditional teaching methods which encouraged him to explore it more. Mughees loves to try new things…

Nawaid Ali
Director
Nawaid Ali, also a director at Alpha College and Alpha High-School, has been involved in the teaching profession for over 20 years. He is one of the most well reputed Physics instructors in Karachi – because of his invaluable experience and expertise as an educator he has been an integral part…

Omer Altaf
Director
Omer Altaf holds an ACCA, and as a director at Aster, is devoted to help both the institution as well as the students at Aster evolve. He is also on-board at Alpha College and Alpha High-School as a director. His passion as an educationist, and his drive to develop engaging…

Salman Mustafa
Director
Salman Mustafa holds an MSc in Economics, and has worked with a number of prestigious educational institutions in Karachi, such as the Beaconhouse School System and The City School. He currently also acts as the director at Alpha College, and is committed to extending his…

Shehroz Iqbal
Director
Shehroze Iqbal holds an ACCA, and now works as an educationist in Pakistan. He is affiliated with Alpha College and Alpha High-School as a director. For him, the idea behind Aster is to bring about a revolution in the education system in Pakistan. He believes that the early phase…

Zarak Mushtaq
Director
Zarak Mushtaq believes in developing an education model which is less of an imposition of age-old, unquestioned traditional teaching methods – as an educationist, and a director at Alpha College and Alpha High School, he is driven to work on pedagogy that…

Our Advisors
Rebecca Hillman – Reggio Emilia Approach
Approach Consultant
Rebecca Hillman has been a Teacher and practitioner of the Reggio-Emilia Approach since 1999. She grew up in the United States of America and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at Florida International University. After being exposed to the Reggio-Emilia Approach…

Njeri Richardson-Carty
Advisor
Njeri Richardson-Carty is the CEO of Branches Of Learning Inc., an education consulting firm on the beautiful island of Anguilla. Her career has been geared towards the empowerment of children, teachers and parents; specifically children with special needs, training…

Tayyaba Saleem
Advisor
Tayyaba Saleem is a qualified AMI Primary Trainer. She got her Montessori Diploma at the 3 to 6 level in 1998 from Montessori Teachers Training Centre (MTTC) Karachi, affiliated  with AMI Holland.  She has had a lot of success and appreciation in her field as a result of her friendly and …

Elena Chukhlantseva
Advisor
Elena Chukhlantseva is an educator, who has a strong academic and practical experience in early childhood education and care in multicultural and multi-language settings. She completed her Master of Education at the Stockholm University in Sweden…