My oldest child who is know 9 started here at LPA Smyrna when he was 2 months old. He has always excelled in school and I worked with him alot to get him ready for Kindergarten. He is now in a Magnet school and I couldn't have done it myself. She was a wonderful loving and compassionate teacher. My now 5 year old is getting ready to start Kindergarten this fall and I had some concerns because every child is different and he is not on the same level as my oldest son was. He doesn't really have a intrest to learn, however Ms.Andrea has got him so excited to go to "big school" and he can now do everything from writing his name, spelling site words, recognizing all his letters and the sounds they make, colors, numbers, and I could keep going. He has the attitude that he would rather learn from someone else than me or my wife. My daughter is in the Preschool program and she had some serious seperation issues, because she had stayed home with me for a month while I was unemployed. It took her a couple of weeks to get used to it which broke my heart, but the management and staff emailed pictures at work and called after I left to reassure me she was ok. I have truly been amazed how everyone there goes the extra mile to make the kids safe, happy and the parents as well all while they teach the children thinngs they need to know. I have read some of the negative reviews and all though I am not fully aware of the situation the parent that has made all these nasty threats and allegations told me about this situation and tried to get us to leave as well. Although i was VERY concerned by listening to her she told me she watched in the window for several minutes, I am sorry but if that were my child the police would be there arresting me and I sure wouldn't watch! I talked to managementy and they assured me the situation was being investigated and the Department of Human Services and DCS reported this case Unfounded and there was no police report on file. Also I come in all different times of the day and have never seen a teacher at the computer and they have never been written up for being out of ratio, so I highly doubt the teachers were allowed to come in and write fake reviews. I suggest that if you are looking for a childcare facilty to go tour the school yourself and as a parent you will know which one is a great place for your kids. Its really sad that someone tries to down such a great place because they obviously got kicked out. I am so happy and my kids are too!!!They are safe, secure, compassionate, loving and dependable and that says alot for a parent to feel like they have family taking care of their children!
I feel so good about having my child at La Petite in Smyrna. All of the teachers and management staff are so sweet, kind, and caring to my son. He is the apple of my eye and would never leave him with someone I didn't trust. They are very informative about his day and always greet us both with a big smile and hello. Even teachers that do not have my son in their room know his name and mine and that makes me feel so at home with them. Ms. Michelle runs a very organized ship over there and I can tell she loves what she does, the same goes for the teachers there also. Some of them have been there for 16 years! My sons teacher is one of those teachers. I just can't say enough good things about them. Don't listen to negative reviews because there are two sides to every story. The people who write negative reviews obviously have an agenda AND if this school did the things they say why isn't there a police record or a record of it from the state? I checked before enrolling my son last June and no record of any such offenses exist. Sounds to me like those parents, who are obvious bullies, were maybe asked to leave because of their own (or their child's) behavior or lack of payment...I'm just saying. My experiences with La Petite have been nothing but positive.
I hated the fact that I had to send my child to daycare, but since being relocated several hours away from any family we had no choice. We toured several daycares before our child was born and found this to be the best place. The office staff brought us to look at each room, meet the teachers and give us a brief run down of the day's activities. Other daycares we looked at were either so strict that it didn't seem to give the children time to play or they had no curriculum what so ever. Gingerbread has a good balance of both. My child started there at 8 weeks old and now after a year, we are still happy about our choice. He never cries when we bring him in the morning and is actually excited to walk down the hall and goes right to his room which says a lot. We get a report every day about our child's activities and the staff is always friendly to both us and our child. After a full year of sending my child there, I wouldn't send him anywhere else. I would highly recommend Gingerbread House to any of our friends.