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Posted April 24, 2014
- a parent
I have an infant in this school, yes she comes home with dirty pants from playing outdoors. Frankly, there clothes. I put some shout on before placing in the hamper and it comes out. She loves being outdoors, and I find the teaches and staff very caring. She goes to each teacher with no issue. They spent a lot of time working with me when she would no longer take her formula, a very stressful period due to her protein allergy. When I was laid off, they held her spot, offered to watch her for free if I had interview and gave me options of paying for half or full day drop offs till I found something if needed. It was a extremely kind gesture, and I had no issues transitioning her back full time when I returned to the workforce. Great staff, clean, safe.
There are a lot of other places much better than this one for less money. I recommend you look for a place where your kid is safe. I did not have time to switch my baby from there, until she got bitten 4 times in 2 weeks from unprovoked reasons. The 1st time I was not even notified. My baby would be sitting reading and a kid would come from behind and bite her on the back. All I heard from the School Principal was that it was a normal behavior, it will happen again because it is not a matter of how many times it happens. She also referred the biting "as a quick pinch, and that she does not think my baby feels like she was getting bitten by alligators" In other daycares if a kid bites 3 times, he or she gets suspended for a few days. Also, go and check out the playground area for babies. The floor is grass and coarse cement. Expect your kid to come home with damaged clothing. The rooms are not clean; look at the rugs carefully. Now that I switch, I know that what happened is not normal as they handle it. Please note this is my first baby, and I had no idea what to expect from a daycare. Since I was paying so much money ($1000+/month), I thought that was a great place, I WASWRONG
As a parent of a newborn I couldn't have stressed more everyday knowing the time was coming for my son to attend daycare/school. This stress shortly went away after having the opportunity to meet and get to know a teacher in the infant room by the name of Andrea who was amazing with our son as he was in love with her she was very loving to him. After then we decided to sign him up where he was able to meet the rest of the teachers who are all great and very caring. I want to thank these teachers for all there dedication, love and attention to every single baby(newborns-infants) in there class. Thank you again Andrea, Ally,Jimena, and Eloa. Thanks staff members and thanks administration. Happy Holiday and Happy New Years.
If I had to just rate the teachers, I would give 5 stars. I really liked the curriculum and the fact the school was freestanding and not in a strip mall. Things started off good, but then the main teacher in my son's class left. There was a lot of change at once, and then shortly there after, kids were moved to different rooms and new teachers started. The administration did not seem to care that the little ones were stressed out by the changes. The classroom size is way too big. Legal ratios are met, but there are too many little bodies total in a room. I was told they focused on the development rate of each child, but have not found that to be the case and when this was addressed to the administration, it was blown off. The teachers are very caring but with so many to keep any eye on, it's tough to give individual attention. It's too bad that the administration is more worried about the money than the children, because if the teachers had things their way, I think the school would be quite good.
Today my son, who woke up when it was still dark outside, asked me how it was possible that it could be light outside so quickly. Instead of offering a quick answer that probably would suffice, I decided to delve into the world of science. Using a water bottle as a prop for Earth, a label on the bottle to represent where my son is on the Earth, and my fist as a prop for the sun, I began to explain how the earth is always spinning subtly. I also explained that it's daytime during the times when my son (represented by the label) is facing the sun and night time when he is away from the sun. I then explained that the change in light that he witnessed this morning was the result of the earth's gradual spin toward the sun. I have to say I was extremely proud of myself, practically patting myself on the back when my son said, "yes, mommy, that's called rotation"!!! My husband and I were beyond amazed! I asked, "where did you learn about that"? My son proudly answered, "at school." My son is 4.5 years old and has attended Chesterbrook since September. This is a testament to the kind of work they do regularly. They teach, they challenge and they make it fun. We couldn't ask for more!
I cannot say enough great things about the school and the staff at Chesterbrook. As a new mother returning to work I was very nervous but they put me to ease and they are always available to answer questions or give advice in a caring, nonjudgmental way. My son is in the infant classroom and every single staff member has shown us love and care that we couldn't have even imagined. The grounds are well kept, the staff is knowledgeable, the room is clean, and the communication is great.