My child does enjoy this school. At the beginning it was delightful to see the interaction of all the teachers with the kids. I have paid close attention to the enviroment that has surrounded my child. But I do have some concern on a few things that needs to be changed. I don't think a teacher should have the right to put there finger in a childs face barely touching there nose (not right) or if a child has done something wrong they shouldn't be walked away with the teacher holding there wrist high in the air when the child can barely touch the floor as if being dragged. On one occasion I walked in the main gate and a child walked out. Luckly the child listen and walked back in. The gates are left open for the child to escape to the main gate about 30% of the time. I'm not saying they do escape but they easily could. When I pick my child up, my child is able to walk right out without my help from the classroom to the gates being left open right outside to the maingate. On several occasions I have watched the teachers facing each other laughing "which I'm glad they do laugh" but they should direct themselves facing the kids, overlooking them all. I say this because I have walked in while they were doing this and walked out with my child. They didn't even see us leave nor did I sign out. But I do have to say the teachers are wonderful and very knowledgable. Except for maybe a few random hires that are at least gone now. With our kids being so young, there should be a stronger background check on who is watching our children at all pre-schools and schools. I say this because of the way I have seen some of the kids talked to and treated by a couple of teachers with there hand off to the side as if they were gong to spank. Don't ever let me see that when its not your child to lay a hand on. I have notice that those teachers are not there anymore, but they were which was bad enough to see. As someone has already wrote about being one of the cleanest pre-schools doesn't mean its clean. With some extra attention this school would be pretty clean but its not. I have noticed it going down hill. As I would still recommend this school only if it got better. So please fix it!! You could be the best pre-school if you just made thing right. If I see these things change, I will change what I have wrote. Sincerely KidsFirstabc123
8751 N Himes AveTampa, FL 33614
This is a wonderful place.... My 1st daughter started going to Playtime when she was 18 months old, she is now 7 years old. My 2nd daughter also started when she was 18 months old and she is now 4 years old. Playtime is the only daycare that I have looked at or thought about sending my children to. My children love the teachers and so do I. My oldest was more than prepared to go to Kindergarten and has excelled in school. She also goes to the after school program, which she loves. I have no doubt that my 4 year old will be more than prepared for Kindergarten when she goes. To address the gate issue... I know that when I pick up my children from Playtime, they are so excited to tell me about their day, that they forget to think about their own safety. I have had many teachers warn me that my children were about to go into the parking lot and to run after them. There are also 2 gates to keep the children in, both with locks, and to keep people that do not need to come in out. I have never once thought that my children were unsafe while at Playtime. If I did think so, I know that I could go to the office and talk to Julie or Emily and express my feelings and concerns and know that they will listen and take the appropriate actions needed. When my children leave the classroom with out me, I know that the teacher has opened the door and checked to make sure that they were with an adult that is on my safe list or with me. I have no concerns about my children leaving the classroom without a teacher knowing. Overall, this is a great place for your child to grow and learn. The teachers all know my name and also my children's names. There are lots of hugs and high fives handed out for rewards and discipline when needed. I have the utmost faith and confidence in the teachers and owners and know that my children are well taken care of and will continue to thrive in this environment.
Quality Program, Caring Staff & Great Facility Both my husband and I work full-time so we wanted to make sure we found a place we felt comfortable bringing our children to every day. We found what we were looking for at Playtime! From the moment we walked in, we loved the homey feel compared to the other centers we visited and for over 2 yrs now, we have enjoyed knowing our children are in safe, loving environment full of fun and lots of opportunities to grow and learn. Our daughter started when she was 15 months and our son has been there since he was 5 months old. As a parent, it is a great feeling to see a big smile spread on their faces when their teachers greet them in the morning. My son adores Ms. Taina and gives her a big hug every time he sees her. My daughter has had so many wonderful teachers along the way as she has moved up through the different classes and is always excited to share what she has been learning. Ms. Taina, Ms. Tiffany, Ms. Tracey and Ms. Allie are just a few of the many wonderful individuals at the school. The playgrounds are spectacular with lots of room, lots of shade and even a separate area for the smaller kids. We love that they get so much playtime outside and we love seeing all the diiferent types of activities they have planned for our children from the holiday themed events to the summertime water play! They also focus on important skills and present things like math and science in fun ways through books, crafts and small groups. I highly recommend Playtime Learning Academy. We are so happy we made the choice to enroll our children there!