Primrose is lovely for children to attend. However a part if the turnover rate being so high is the lack of pay and incentives by the owners to the teachers. They make over 1,000 a month per child and almost have 90 kids, giving them almost $100,000 a month! However the average teacher's pay is maybe 8.50/hr in which majority of the teachers live pretty far from the school and I'm almost positive the money is spent on gas. La Petite Academy offers its employees bonuses, pay raises, insurance, paid time off, vacation, employee spending accounts, sick time, discounts as well as advancement opportunities. However employees at Primrose receive NO INCENTIVES, not even a raise(some employees have been employed for years and still make the exact pay that they started out with). This is a very sad situation and yes the owners could use a few courses on proper business ethics or visit some seminars for such because it's obvious to employees that everything is about "making money" for themselves while failing to realize that without the employees Primrose couldn't be successful because they are the ones dealing with the children all day. If they could make employees happier the turnover rate would decrease as well as tardies and call outs. People are willing to do more when they make more and the fact that employees realize that they are being financially lowballed they aren't as active as they could be.
Excellent education and it is clean and well maintained. Appropriate play areas based on age. I also like that all children are not just in one big room with no doors to nap (La Petite, Kindercare, etc). My child was sick less because of this. We had no problems with any type of lack of security or ANY issues with discipline. The owners were wonderful to our children. I DO feel, however, that there is a serious problem with turnover. Its hard on the kids. I thought that would get better over time, but I see that it is still happening. Maybe it is an issue of needing better management skills and an ability to work and have tolerance with other people instead of firing them at the drop of a hat. I feel that everyone I meet there has been helpful and friendly.. Its a shame that it continues. I also feel that they change the prices and take away certain things that have been listed too often. There once was an option for a part time week (I don't work m-f) and that's gone now, so we went somewhere else for care. (would have made more money for them to have two part time people) Maybe they need a few courses in business and business conduct with employees.
My son has been at primrose for almost two years. He had attended another daycare (Odyssey early schools), then a private school. We feel that the education that my son is receiving here is comparable to Odyssey. We pulled my son from the private school (that went through the sixth grade, but the curriculum was not appropriate for his learning style. He was not excelling there, and the teachers tried to label him. We have noticed a huge shift in his demeanor (much improved) since has been going to primrose. Even though we have the opportunity to move him elsewhere for kindergarten (which would be more convenient), we have decided to stay there. As others mention, there does seem to be turnover in some of the classrooms. But, the teachers in the preK and Kindergarten program are great. And, they have remained pretty consistent during his time there. We have visited tons of other daycares (La Petite, Greek Orthodox, etc) in town, and there was always something lacking (cleanliness) or were chaotic. I don't worry about my child while he is at Primrose. In regards to them being on probation, the two teachers were fired over the incident, and there have been no other issues.
I pulled my child from this school after being there for almost 2 years. They go through a director every year so there has to be an underlying problem here. The last straw was when the school was put on probation by the state for leaving a child unsupervised. The turnover of teachers and directors is very alarming. They have been without a director for months so I guess the word is getting out about the owners. We are very happy at La petite Academy
My daughter was in the infant room. In the 6 months she was there she had 6 teachers. It's obvious the teachers are unhappy with management. They have been less then forthcoming on addressing turnover when we approached them. When decided to pull her from the program. Not worth the 1000 a month.
My son attended this school for 4 months. Although I did notice his development, I don't believe it was any better than any other school's curriculum. For close to $1000 per month, I felt that he should be learning a foreign language, how to play an instrument, or some sort of extra curricular skill. The reason that my son is no longer enrolled is far more serious than lack of "extra" education. There was a lack of security with the facility. On more than one occasion, my son was aloud to leave with someone that did not have permission to pick him up. After the SECOND time, I was told that there was nothing in his file to make them aware that he could not leave with this individual. The first time this happened, there was mention of it being in his file so there is miscommunication within management. Also, and more importantly, there was an issue of possible physical mistreatment of my child, but there was no sense of responsibility to find out what happened which lead me to believe that there was a possibility of this happening again. I would not risk my child's safety so we are looking elsewhere to continue his early childhood education.
The cirriculum is pretty good. The teachers that my children had were wonderful, but they changed entirely too often. I think there were 5 or 6 in a year. It makes me wonder whats going on behind the scenes. I eneded up moving my child to another school in the area and have been much happier with the teacher stability at the new school.