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Northaven Co-Op Pre-School5
Posted January 11, 2015
- a parent
We came to Northaven co-operative preschool from another area preschool and have found the right educational "home" for our children. The teachers are so incredibly qualified and knowledgeable about early childhood development and how to create an environment in which each child will thrive and flourish. The play-based philosophy is outstanding and developmentally appropriate and the children learn so much. Parents have the opportunity to co-op in the classroom so we know what is going on in class and can ask knowledgeable questions about the school day and support our children better. I am so grateful for the co-op and what it has given our children and our family.
I have been a parent at Northaven Cooperative Preschool for many years. As the parent of 3 children I have had the opportunity to work directly with every teacher (the school is a co-op so parents participate directly in the class almost once a month) and I have participated in every class that the school offers. You will not find a more professional, loving, wonderful group of women to care for, love, and teach your children. The opportunities my kids have had at the Co-op are unsurpassed. The classrooms are huge and bright. The playground has plenty of room to run. There are amazing, daily opportunities for the students to explore, create, and think for themselves. The manipulatives, games, and class themes change weekly. The teachers also change out toys in their classrooms throughout the year to keep things fresh. And, one of my favorite things is that I am welcome in the classroom! I love being a part of the class on my Co-op day and getting to know all the other children and families. In addition, I have learned a great deal from the teachers, about what children really need to be learning at 2, 3, 4, and 5yrs old and how to guide them effectively.
This is our fifth year as a co-op family. I love being able to participate in the classroom when it's my turn to co-op. My children have had different teachers each year and every one of them has been professional and caring. I was so glad when my youngest turned two and could be a co-op kid. I highly recommend this school. There are very few places where you really get to see what goes on in the classroom and get to know the families so well. It's a special experience.
The school does not have a strong enough anti bullying policy. They don't report biting or hitting incidents. Our family decided to move on to another school. The teaching staff is very uneven. Some of the teachers are great others are dismal. There are better schools in Dallas.
We loved the parent involvement and the emphasis on health and nutrition. This school has a strong community with parents who were once students. Some teachers were highly qualified, nurturing and undestood how to work with kids. My only complaint about the school is the lack of a process and communication on how to handle student issues/concerns. I thought it unprofessional for the Director to call us via phone to inform us that our child was not a good fit in their school. I would have expected and respected a face to face meeting for such a communication. There were actually no prior formal meetings or discussions leading up to the dismissal.