Our Staff

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, as follows:

  • Montessori Diploma – A.M.I. (Association Montessori Internationale) Diploma Course held at the Good Shepherd Maria Montessori Training Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2003 – 2005)
  • Diploma in Special Needs Education – Ladies College Vocational Center (January 2009 – December 2009)
  • Diploma in Child Psychology – American College of Higher Education – Sri Lanka (May 2005 – December 2005)
  • Diploma in Counseling Psychology – American College of Higher Education, Sri Lanka (June 2006 – July 2007)
  • BA  (Hons) Educational Studies and Early Childhood studies – Cardiff Metropolitan University (2014-2015)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Advanced Practice in Working with Children and Families (2012-2014)
Anushka Dias
Sukita Amarasinghe

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 from 2007 to 2011. She was an Assistant Supervisor/ Head Teacher in Dubai UAE for 2 1/2 years from May 2014 to December 2016, and a Training Assistant at the Maria Montessori Good Shepherd Training Centre Colombo (affiliated to Association Montessori Internationale) from May 2007 to May 2010. She also has working experience in the fields of IT and Fashion.

  • Montessori Diploma AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) Diploma Course held at the Good Shepherd Maria Montessori Training Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2005-2007)
  • Special Needs Education Diploma at Ladies College – Department of Vocational Studies (2010)
  • Certificate Course in Counseling & Psychotherapy at the Institute of Mental Health (2019)
  • Certified Relationship Coach (CRC) Training Program at Institute of Mental Health (2019)
  • MSc in Project Management at Global Institute of Project Management (2016)
  • Diploma in Computer Studies – Gateway (2001)

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Uthpala Dias

Aunty Uthpala joined us in September 2019, having successfully completed the ​AMI diploma in April 2019. Prior to joining us, she worked as a Laboratory Technician at The British School of Colombo. Uthpala is talented in Dancing and Creative writing.

  • Montessori Diploma AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) Diploma Course held at the Good Shepherd Maria Montessori Training Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2017-2019).
  • Certificate course in English language – Higher Level (Institute of Human Resource Advancement – University of Colombo, Sri Lanka).

 

Uthpala Dias
Gayangi Liyanage

Gayangi Liyanage

Aunty Gayangi joined Little Explorers in November 2020 after ten years of teaching Pre-school as well as Primary School students at Asian International School. We are pleased to welcome her to our team with her vast experience in teaching children from 2 ½ to 6 years.

  • Montessori Diploma – A.M.I (Association Montessori Internationale) Diploma course held at the Good Shepherd Maria Montessori Training Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka (1999-2001).
  • Certificate in Advanced English (2011 – 2012) From the Open University of Sri Lanka.

Khatija Kassim

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

  • Montessori Diploma – A.M.I (Association Montessori Internationale) Diploma course held at the Good Shepherd Maria Montessori Training Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2018-2020)
Khatija Kassim

Toddler Class

Tareeka Wijithananda

Aunty Tareeka has been with us from the inception of our Toddler Class in 2014.

Having given up her lucrative career in the mercantile sector, Aunty Tareeka’s love for little ones makes her the best choice for minding the youngest of the toddler group.

Suranjani Atigala

Aunty Suranjani has been with us since March 2018. She assists with the Toddler Programme as well in the After Care Programme. Having had sufficient experience in both areas prior to joining us, she is an integral part of the staff of Little Explorers.

  • Computer basic Diploma from SCTC
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education/Teacher Assistant at INTERCOLLEGE Larnaca, Cyprus (2010)
  • Skill Developing in Child Care and Training at Salvatore Pre School, Kurunegala
  • Participated in a Workshop on Early Childhood Education (2010)
Suranjani Atigala
Menaka Prabashwari

Menaka Prabashwari

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

  • Diploma from Texas National Montessori Teacher Training Centre, Colombo
  • Teacher Knowledge Test , Cambridge English Language Assessment

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” March 2010 to April 2012 and at “Avakasha Kendraya” April 2012 to August 2015.  She also conducted private sessions with children with Special Needs from August 2015 to September 2016.  From January 2004 to December 2010 she worked for Havelock Gardens Training Centre, preparing assignment books for teachers.

  • Diploma in Montessori Method of Education” from Havelock Gardens Training Centre in 2004
  • Diploma in Special Needs Education – pass with distinction (2010).  Also awarded prize for Best Student.
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science (2017)

 

Menaka Perera
Buddhini Perera

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” from 2012-2015. She also conducts private classes for children with special needs. Buddhini has ten years of work experience in the banking sector.

  • Bachelor of Education Honours in Special Needs Education (2019) – The Open University of Sri Lanka
  • Diploma in Special Needs Education – 2013 – Conducted by Ladies’ College Department of Vocational Studies
  • Diploma in Special Needs Education (Specific Learning Disabilities) – 2012
  • G.A.Q. (2010) – External Department of the University of Sri Jayawardhenapura.

 

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.

  • Certificate in Pre School Education from Open University (2005)
  • AMI Diploma in Montessori Education from Cambridge College of Higher Education, Colombo 10 (2009).
  • Diploma in Child Psychology from London Business School , Colombo 4 (2005)

 

Sara Wanigasekera

Sara Wanigasekera

Aunty Sara joined Little Explorers in September 2016.

She has teaching experience having worked at IDE school in Rajagiriya.

  • Diploma in the Montessori Method of Education at Woodlands Training Centre – Maharagama
  • Sara attended Lanka Bible College and Seminary and has obtained a Diploma in theology – Ministry to Children
  • Diploma in Graphic Designing at Art Academy – Nugegoda

 

Cathy Perera

Aunty 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. She gained teaching experience working with Special Needs children at Gateway Achievers for over a year. Cathy now functions as Administrative Assistant and also stands in for any absent teachers. Her working experience with Special Needs children is a valuable asset.

  • Obtained Bachelor’s Degree with Distinction in Business Management from RMIT Australia 2004 -2009
  • Special Needs teacher at Achievers (Gateway Achievers) 2010-2011
  • Assistant Teacher at Little Explorers 2011 – 2014
  • Private Tuition to 12 -14 year olds in Geography and Science 2014 – 2019
Cathy Perera

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…

Rushika

Wonderful experience

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

Saajidah

Borella

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

Impressed!

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.

Ameena

Rajagiriya

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