increase supervision of the children (there are definitely times when the ratio is not being met)
organize classrooms so they're not so large (too easy to run around)
lessen requests for more money via cookie sales, soccer programs, etc
Now having two children in two separate classes at Kiddie Academy it would be great to see a little more consistency.
For example, in my son’s class I receive 1-2 tadpole pictures each day he is there (which I LOVE; they brighten up my day), but in my daughter’s class I only receive 1-2 a month (I wish I could see more photos of what she does during the day).
Another example, in my daughter’s class the drop off experience is wonderful! There is her teacher and an aid in the room for 10 students or sometimes less. Her teacher calmly greets her and is there ready to start her day with breakfast. It’s wonderful to see her calmly start her day with a steady routine.
My son’s class on the other hand is very chaotic. This morning for example when I went to go drop him off there were 20+ children running around in the room. I was told that a class was leaving soon, but there is my son’s teacher running around -- who I must mention is wonderful at being there for the kids, especially my son who is having a difficult time adjusting to me leaving him – while there are two other aids standing there doing virtually nothing but watching the chaos take place. It made it so impossible for me to leave him in such a chaotic state.
First, the teachers are great with the children. The food quality has declined in the past few years. The children need less process d food make with high fructose corn syrup and more real food. Preferably organic but non gmo would be a good start. Kids need more protein. Second thing is preparations for snow and ice need to be made prior to the start of the day. Shoveling and salting should not be taking place at 7 am for a 630 opening and the entire sidewalk should be done from parking lot to parking lot, not just the opening by the door.. I have gone and nearly broke my neck let alone my children slipping on ice and snow. 3rd factor is the managers owners children and the special treatment they get. Teachers have a job to do for all kids and should not be catering to these "special" children. The rules do not apply to them. Progressively I have been less and less likely to recommend. I would love to see positive changes because we loved this center when we started sending our child here.
Our daughter has learned a lot and has matured during her years at Kiddie Academy. She's made great friends and often tells us how she loves all of her teachers. It's very encouraging for us as parents to know she's in good hands while we're at work each day.
Have staff that shows they care. Lately the staff smells like smoke and they are around kids and is so unhealthy. In addition they smell as if they don't shower and that goes all the way to also show they do not care for my children cleaning as they do also come home with extremely dirty hands and face they used to change their clothes when dirty not anymore. The staff is not even capable of addressing issues they do it trough the office and yet my child is supposed to learn from them to express what and how they feel . I am a big believer adults lead by example and they certainly don't know how important that is , I'm glad my son only has few months left. Also the last couple of weeks I been there picking my child early all they are doing is seating around literally just seating not even playing or anything I understand if it was the afternoon but is been around 11 am not later than 1 .so many more things but cleanliness , teaching social skills and learning are 3 important things.
As much as it is a classroom setting, I feel that my child gets the individual attention from the teachers to help him grow. My child was two months premature and at our last checkup his development was on par with his real age and techinally ahead of his adjusted age.