Ellwanger Barry Nursery School is a parent-run cooperative alternative preschool. We have our second child there currently, and he loves the school! The teacher is very gentle, experienced and a lot of fun. The preschool curriculum is play based, emphasizing cooperative play and the social-emotional development of children. Exploration of nature and the environment is a prominent part of the curriculum. The children garden, cook, press apple cider, compost. EBNS is probably the greenest preschool in the area, our teacher rides his bicycle, we carpool and use public transortation for field trips when appropriate and generally we try to be mindful of environmental issues in every aspect of school life. The community of participating families is very nurturing and supportive, we have made many lasting friendships. I would recommend this preschool without any reservation whatsoever.
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The Owner is wonderful! She has a very professional and organized itinerary of how the day is split up for the children, just as if my child would be going to a Daycare Facility. The house is always very clean, and the other caregivers that help out are wonderful. The only reason I can see how the other reviewer may have been "put off" by the owner is because she is probably the most professional about the interview process. This is her home, and her business, so not only do you have to make sure this is a fit for you and your child, but she has to do the same to make sure you are a fit for her. I wish I had found her sooner, and my child, now 2, absolutely LOVES it there!
I'm a traveling therapist in the area and I've heard that the staff enforces strange rules, such as, no kicking or throwing balls (rolling only?) and no using the swings. I also heard a rumor from another therapist that s teacher in a young classroom mocks crying children and has said "wah this is what you look like! Your mommy isn't coming!" I find a center that enforces strange rules with play and mocking and yelling at children to be disturbing! I'd recommend that you ask around before going here.