I love the school, and my daughter definitely loves the school! They've been absolutely helpful and incredibly understanding of our child's needs and our family's constraints. They've been reassuring and helpful in the development of my toddler, who's a "big girl" now. We tried several schools in the area, and are happy we landed at Ireland's Kingdom.
My experience with Ireland's was excellent. My son is now almost 10 years old and I have another son who is 21 (so this wasn't my first time around with a kid). My son loved it at Ireland's, and the teachers and owner weren't afraid to talk to me about some minor additional needs they saw in him, things that can be difficult to talk to a parent about their 'perfect' child. He was slow with speech at age 3, which they talked to me about and offered suggestions and help. At age 4, his pre-k teacher helped me so much in understanding how my son is a concrete thinker and how his brain thinks a little different (my older son is more of an abstract artist type). The behaviors she pointed out, the way she explained it, and the way she helped my son work through some of them, all of that helped him have a great start in kindergarten and has lasted in both his behavior, grades (he's an A/B student) and in my way of responding to him. I wish more people had someone help them understand their kids in the way that she helped me understand my son. Not sure how much it has changed in the past years, but our experience there couldn't have been better.
I loved my time here! The staff is always smiling and willing to work with any parent/child needs. The staff really makes an effort to get to know the kids and help them grow, its obvious they love their job, but most of all the kids. They are the main focus of the school.
Surprised to read thisviewpoint. I've had no issues with my girls at IK, with their structured and educational activities. Octar1's comments are certainly not reflective of my experience these past 18 months. Sounds like an extremely attentive child to be able to note down the # of hours the director was or was not onsite, keep track of circle repetitions, and really? 15 minutes of rants ... each day? Sounds like there was some other grudge. I just wish people wouldn't falsely tarnish a perfectly fine business. I'd say pop in at any time to see for yourself. They've always been welcoming whenever I've made an impromptu visit and I don't see why it wouldn't be any different for others
The TV was always on. The snack they served was ALWAYS Cheetos or cupcakes. They satisfied state required child/teacher ratios by having the owner be the second teacher for ALL the classes and, if she was there at all, she only showed up for a few hours each day. They subjected us to 15 minutes rants at the end of each day about our 'bad kid' because he didn't want to sit for the fourth 'circle time' of the day. Withdrew our kid after three weeks.
My son was at a home daycare, was sitting in front of the TV all day. When I registered him at Ireland's Kingdom Preschool he was way behind, even the 3 year olds wrote their names and focused on their task, I worried about my son but within 3 months he was writing his name, singing songs and had so much to tell everynight about his day. this school is wonderful.
Both my kids attend Ireland's Kingdom, the staff is wonderful, the setting is kid friendly they have tons of educational stuff, the curriculum is very interesting and both my husband and I are very happy with the school