Sanchita Karunaratne

I was educated at St Bridget’s Convent Colombo 7 and returned there to follow the AMI Diploma in Montessori Education in 2003, at the Good Shepherd Maria Montessori Training Centre. Completing the course while caring for my 2 children, Sheal 5 years and Shemaiah 2 years at the time was quite a challenge! However, having accomplished that feat, I went on to gain more practical Montessori teaching experience and joined an AMI affiliated Montessori House of Children where I worked for 4 years.

To further my education in teaching, I obtained a BSc in Teaching Technology from the Sikkim Manipal University of India.

During these years spent with, and around little children, I have realised that no two children are alike. Some times even twins can differ in personality. There are children who may not be as quick walking, talking etc as other children the same age. To be able to accommodate and understand their needs deeper, I followed a course in Special Needs Education and obtained a Diploma from the Ladies College Vocation Training Centre.

At Little Explorers children find a home away from home.

Sanchita Karunaratne
The Founder and Directress of Little Explorers


Sanchita Karunaratne

Our Team of Professionals

Anushka Dias

Aunty Anushka has been at “Little Explorers” from its inception. She has many years of experience as a Montessori teacher and has also qualified in special needs education and child psychology. Learn more »

Sukita Amarasinghe

Aunty Sukita joined us in September 2019. After completing the AMI diploma in 2007, she gained her teaching experience at two Montessori schools in Sri Lanka and Dubai, UAE. Learn more »

Uthpala Dias

Uthpala Dias

Aunty Uthpala joined us in September 2019, having successfully completed the ​AMI diploma in April 2019. Prior to joining us, she worked at The British School of Colombo. Learn more »

Gayangi Liyanage

Gayangi Liyanage

Gayangi joined Little Explorers in November 2020 after ten years of teaching Pre-school as well as Primary School students at Asian International School. Learn more »

Khatija Kassim

Khatija Kassim

Freshly graduated from the AMI Diploma Course in 2020, Khatija joined us in August of 2020. Her musical talents during her school career will be an additional benefit to Little Explorers. Learn more »

Toddler Class


Tareeka Wijithananda

Aunty Tareeka has been with us from the inception of our Toddler Class in 2014 after having given up her lucrative career in the mercantile sector, Learn more »

Suranjani Atigala

Aunty Suranjani has been with us since March 2018. She assists with the Toddler Programme as well in the After Care Programme. Learn more »

Menaka Prabashwari

Aunty Menaka joined us in May 2018. She assists with the Toddler Programme and After Care Programme. Learn more »

Special Education


Menaka Perera

Aunty Menaka joined us in October 2016. She has experience having worked as a Learning Support Teacher at “Room to Bloom” and at “Avakasha Kendraya”. Learn more »


Buddhini Perera

Aunty Buddhini joined us in September 2019. She has three years of work experience having worked as a Learning Support Teacher at “Avakasha Kendraya”. Learn more »

Learning Support

Bhagya Amarasinghe

Aunty Bhagya joined us in September 2014. She has working experience having worked as a pre-school teacher from 2006 to 2012. Learn more »

Sara Wanigasekera

Sara Wanigasekera

Aunty Sara joined Little Explorers in September 2016. She has teaching experience having worked at IDE school in Rajagiriya. Learn more »

Cathy Perera

Cathy Perera

Cathy is no stranger to Little Explorers as she was with us from September 2011 to 2014 when she left for a spell of 3 years. . Learn more »

What We Offer

Montessori education

Montessori Education

Ages 2 ½ to 5 years

Montessori education is an approach to life rather than an approach to education alone.

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Toddler education, Colombo Sri Lanka

Toddler Education

Ages 1 ½ to 2 ½ years

The toddler aged child is like a sponge, absorbing knowledge from his environment rapidly and effortlessly.

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After Care

Ages 2 ½ years upwards

Specially designed to facilitate children of working parents.

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What Parents say:

Brilliant place for global development and enjoying childhood

We were very pleased with Little Explorers and have absolutely no second thoughts in recommending it to anyone.

Maulee & Buddhi

Homely, safe, and stimulating

Sanchita and her dedicated team made every effort to make Little Explorers a homely, safe, and stimulating environment for my daughter…


Wonderful experience

Such a lovely place filled with warmth and love just like home.



Best Decision

The decision to enroll our daughter to the Little Explorers at a tender age of 1.8 years was one of the best decisions we made on her behalf!

Deserie Atukorala


I was impressed by the cleanliness and the neatness of the premises and the garden that would provide physical grooming for the young kids for their overall development.



Our little girl blossomed in many different fields

We are ever grateful to Little Explorers family for making our child who she is now.

Iranga and Anusha

Individual Attention

The team at Little Explorers provides individual attention to each and every student. They knows how to identify the talent of each and every child, and develop them accordingly.

Kushan and Laleema Dodanwala