A class act

In full bloom

Tree House has near-perfected the art of running its pre-school business through its self-owned and lease strategy

Soumik Kar

It was a nightmare countless urban parents live through annually. Ten years ago, Rajesh Bhatia could not get the ‘first-come-first-served’ admission to a good preschool for his 2-year-old son. What’s more, an investment banker at the time, Bhatia had no strings to pull. To his credit, Bhatia turned the dead-end into a turning point. “I realised that there was a need for good quality, affordable preschools in Mumbai,” says the managing director of Tree House Education Accessories, who quit his job in January 2003 to set up the company’s first preschool in a leased 2,000 sq ft property in the western Mumbai suburb of Andheri.