My son has attended this day care since 2012 and they deserve the 5 star rating I am giving and that they have been given by the state of NC. To address the previous bad posts for Aconcernparent, my son started this daycare at 3 months, the infant 1 rooms have plenty of toys, and bouncies for the children none of which were old and are on par with the toys that we have at home. For the Infant 1 room (newborns to about 6 months) I was particularly happy that the babies were not stuck in cribs all day and rather spend the majority of their waking time in a circle on the carpeted floor in boppies, bouncers, or on the laps of the staff so that they can interact and play with each other and the toys and get tummy time etc. Also, I don't know what the heck kind of phonics she thinks will be taught to an infant...that comment alone makes me believe that parent is a newbie at this mom thing and has unrealistic expectations. As for them feeling like their children do not receive nurturing and loving care, this is the first daycare I've been to where almost all of the staff knows EVERY child by name. That doesn't happen with an uncaring staff as Aconcernparent described. As for Mommaof1.5, as a parent of a child who attends this day care, I am very glad they are not allowing anyone who decides to stroll up to the door the opportunity to walk through the halls at any given time on any given day. They have schedules for the children for eating, napping, learning, and play which would be disruptive if they had an open door policy having to escort any and everyone around 24/7. Scheduling an appointment was not an attempt to "hide anything", which is a silly assumption because parents with children attending have access at all times AND they have video cameras in EVERY room and playground which parents with attending children can access at any time from their computer or smart phone to watch their children. As for you not receiving your courtesy call when the power went out, honey their priority is getting every one of those children safely home. They call EVERY SINGLE PARENT for EVERY SINGLE CHILD until they have contact and confirm a parent is on the way to pick up the children. If you could not be understanding to the fact that the safety and well being of the children was *gasp* put ahead of making sure visitors get a courtesy call...then I don't know what kind of center you're really looking for. The fact that waiting 20 minutes for a call back frustrated you to no end, lets me know you likely did not have reasonable expectations the first time you "waited for a call back you never received". I usually do not write reviews, but we really enjoy this school and it bothers me when people make false accusations based on incorrect assumptions, and unrealistic expectations.
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It was 2000 and my 18 month old had been attending her first daycare for 9 weeks...9 weeks of my dropping her off hysterical and picking her up hysterical. She was inconsolable going in and coming out and it was torture for us both. I’d heard about Kidzoo from a coworker who happened to live in the neighborhood. Anything would be better than where we were, right? Day four at Kidzoo, Darbi, walked in alone and turned around to wave at me, “Bye, Mommy.” It broke my heart and gave me such relief all at the same time…she’s 10 now and I drive from Fort Mill, SC every day to take my 20 month old to the one and only place that I trust (I don’t even work close to Kidzoo either). There’s no commute that exceeds the love and true dedication to the development of these little minds by the folks at Kidzoo. The “other” daycare had a potty training policy that my 18 month old was required to be fully potty trained before moving to the next room but, they didn’t potty train. I had approximately 2 hours a day with my child and they spent 8 – 9 hours with her…there was something not quite right about that policy but, what did I know, this was my first daycare experience. Ms. Kathy had Darbi fully (and I mean FULLY) potty trained in 2 weeks flat. I was amazed. The first of numerous occasions to come… I remember Darbi reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, her prayers, grace, Twinkle Twinkle…it goes on but, when she started school and was reading on a 2nd grade level in kindergarten, I knew that I owed it all to Kidzoo. When Darbi’s 1st grade teacher told me that she was recommending her moved to the next grade during the middle of the school year, again…Kidzoo. They take the time and have the patience to teach every attending child to exceed their potential…and in a caring and unbelievably uplifting way. Darbi & I both have grown up at Kidzoo. We've been together through tragedies and joys and not only do Darbi & I both love them like our family; my new husband and baby Blakely have fallen in line too…their infectious… Anthony, the Brotherly Jester Tessa (Teresa), the Caring Overly Protective Mother (& advice giving sister) Ms. Kathy, the kind Grandmother and true inspiration for the lot of the Kidzoo clan (& Ms. Debbie…Jenn…Ashley…Amanda…everyone who’s every cared for or been cared for by the Kidzoo philosophy) I can’t imagine what life would be like without having been a part of this family…their care surpasses that of any daycare that you would find anywhere…
All of the staff members at I'm Not An Octopus are very professional and caring! I met with two Personal Assistant's during my initial consultation and I knew right away that I was going to be very pleased having their assistance! I met the owner, Charmaine, on a different day during a follow up appointment, and again, I was very pleased with how pleasant, professional, and caring she was! I have been using the INAO service now for a month twice a week consecutively and I am highly impressed with the way they care for my kids by keeping them engaged with educational activities, my house is always SPOTLESS when I come home, and the past two appointments, dinner was ready!!! We have a dog too that our Assistant walks while she is there! I wish this service was around when my mom was raising us because I feel like I am finally able to be a great mother all the while pursue my profession without the stress of additional tasks that use to be overbearing and stressful. The staff at I'm Not An Octopus really know what it means to provide you with extra hands! These people get it right every time! I will be using this service for a long time to come! -Shelly