Teacher support and development is considered to be the backbone of the work at Vatika For a teacher to be effective, it is important that we recognize the factors that permit teachers to perform their roles effectively and those that do not. Careful selection of trained teachers is followed by a strong teacher development and support programme. To address the needs of the teachers at Vatika, members of the core team regularly conduct training and professional support workshops. In addition, workshops are also conducted by resource persons from accomplished schools of learning and universities of higher education. Intense in-service workshops are conducted around each vacation of the school calendar. These are supported by monthly meetings where everyday situations are discussed, analysed and resolved to create enriching environments for both teachers and the children.