Preschool | Nonsectarian | 100 students |
Gambrills's Beaver Creek Childcare & Kindergarten is a preschool that enrolls 100 students. It accepts 2 year olds and up.
This preschool has an average Community Rating of 4 out of 5 stars, based on reviews from 21 school community members.
You get what you pay for. This school is inexpensive for a reason - they do not go above and beyond for your child. If you are OK with mediocre childcare at a great price, then this is the place for you. But if you want quality care from educators who truly care for your child, then go elsewhere. There are some good teachers here but the directors leave much to be desired. They are quickly overwhelmed by the smallest of issues (e.g., children not listening during circle time) and not equipped to handle larger issues (e.g., children not listening on a daily basis). They have an outside counselor that is supposed to observe "problem" children and provide feedback. But the ironic thing is that the counselor usually gives the SCHOOL feedback on what they're doing wrong with the child - and of course the directors don't take her advice. My feeling is that the directors are either not skilled enough or too overwhelmed or both. In any case, until things change at the top there, this school will only be mediocre at best.
I wish I had originally chosen Beaver Creek for my son when he started day care at 6 months old. He's now 2 and after being disappointed with two other centers in the area, we are now very happy with our choice. Beaver Creek is a great combination of learning, fun, and a caring environment. He's moved up to the next classroom a few times already and the transition is always easy. The teachers and staff there are wonderful and seem to really care about the children. Having 2 snacks and lunch provided has been a huge relief. The cost and fees are reasonable and meals/snacks/drinks provided helps with that too. Their field trips and activities are also wonderful. The outdoor play area is great and my son loves that there are actually swings, slides, and cars to play with. They provide additional shade with a canopy during the hot summer months too. My son always seems happy when I pick him up and I know I will be able to trust them with excellent care for my 2nd son after his arrival.
I moved my 2 year old to Beaver Creek in September. They made the transition so easy. I am so happy with the care my child receives there and the customer service I receive. I am so impressed with how they handle all situations. They have great field trips and music weekly. The price is reasonable. After the center flooded in September, the directors and staff worked so hard to have things return to normal very quickly. My son loves it so much that he asks to go every day and cries when he has to stay home sick. My older son also loves it when he goes to drop in care or for the parents nights out. I could not be happier with Beaver Creek and have recommended to other families. The teachers in my son's room are amazing. I can really see him taking leaps in learning and he clearly has so much fun there. Another plus is that they provide breakfast, lunch, and snack every day. And they have my two year old eating salad!
My daughters have been attending Beaver Creek since June 2009. I have found the pre-k and aftercare programs to be wonderful. They help with homework in the aftercare program and the pre-k teachers are great. There are so many activities for them during the summer camp programs with lots of field trips and crafts. The teachers have been very understanding and helpful with issues that my girls have had. I am always greeted with smiles and sent home with a feeling that they actually look forward to seeing the kids again tomorrow. My girls look forward to their days there and love seeing whats next on their monthly calendars.
Great school~~~~~ from the tour, through the first week and beyond!!! I would recommend this preschool to anyone in the area looking for good quality care, fun loving teachers and excellent structure.
Beaver Creek is an excellent child care center! The office staff was super inviting when I came in for a tour. I did not have to make an appointment which showed me how confident they are. I feel like I got all my questions answered and then some. They were forward with all the policies and fees and there has been no surprises. I compared Beaver Creek to other child care centers in my search and feel like I struck gold when i entered their facility. It smells clean, teachers are not sitting around and the children are calm and supervised. I don't know what their secret is however, the teacher's have been at the school for ever! I would recommend Beaver Creek to anyone looking for child care in the area!!!!
Beaver Creek don't smile unless you hand in the check (money). They seem don't care about kids but money. Teachers have their own instruction plan... My child was in other class, teachers basically do nothing but let kids watching tv, playing around and so forth, I requested my child to move into different days of week. Those Teachers (JnJ) are AWESOME!!! My child finally learned how to write and read. My child had been "wasted" for first semster :o( so my money... Think before you place your child at Beaver Creek. There is other program in the area have more to offer than what Beaver Creek can offer.... Be wise!!!
Beaver Creek is run like a for-profit business as opposed to the learning institution they are suposed to be. I participate regularly in their fundraisers, chaperone field trips, and volunteer regularly to bring in the most expensive item for my child's classroom parties (usually a frequently requested veggie platter). Since my child's enrollment in August 2010, I was late ONE TIME in picking him up from their chaotic and disorganized aftercare program by seven minutes due to traffic this week. They had the nerve to charge me $1.00 for each minute that I was late. They never consider extenuating circumstances. I paid but will no longer contribute to any of their fundraisers, as I feel they are unforgiving and undeserving of any extra money from me. They are having an upcoming teacher appreciation luncheon and expect the parents to pick up the tab. The teachers are employees of Beaver Creek so Beaver Creek should pay for the luncheon. I will give my child's teacher a small gift of appreciation but refuse to give this "school" any additional money. The director is extremely inflexible and rigid; she won't even consider having a PTA. I can't wait until the school year ends.
My daughter has attended Beaver Creek for two years and I have to say they are awesome. Every morning we a greated with a welcoming smile by her teachers at drop off. Her teacher always post what they did that day. Small homework assignments are given once or twice a week to review what they are learning. My daughter loves the homework! Every Monday they have music day and a wonderful lady (Ms. Sippy) comes in and they play instruments and sing songs. Friday is show and tell, again my daughter loves it! I couldn't be happier with Beaver Creek! In regards to the payment policy someone metioned, you have the option to pay monthly. I have always done it that way, in fact in the information packet they give you at the beginning of the school year there is even a schedule of payment amounts broken down weekly or monthly. As far as the late fee is concerned, any bill you pay will reflect late fees if you are late. Jenny S
Even though the parking to pick up and drop off is difficult, the front office is courteous and attentative, and even most of the teachers are pleasant. Unfortunately for our family, two bad apples spoiled the whole bunch. Our experience with my son's teachers, was not a very positive one. They were uncooperative, uncommunative, and never greeted us with a smile. They were very aggressive towards my child, and we were even told by other teachers, they yelled at him and called him names. I wish I had a better experience to share, and hope these types of posts are few and far between.
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