Kids R Kids - Child Care Mansfield TX
600 Debbie Ln, Arlington, TX 76002
Mansfield TX Daycare, Preschool, Infant Childcare
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My 13 month old son has been going to KRK since he was 3 months old. The first few days dropping him off almost killed me but I am so glad I stuck it out! The staff here is AWESOME. They are so warm with the kiddos and know the ins and outs of each of them. I am lucky enough to be able to spend every lunch break visiting with my son at KRK. The lunch they provide the kids actually looks and smells good! I have never seen a teacher lose their composure with a child. They give hugs and kisses galore!There is some fun activity almost every day (and you get pictures!), and art projects every week! The rooms are kept clean and organized. The owners are awesome as well and know every child (and most parents!) by name. Most mornings, Mr. Bill greets everyone at the door while holding his cup of coffee.
So the staff is what keeps us at KRK but the facility is what got us in the door initially. The cameras are awesome (especially since the upgrade recently!). As a worry-wart mom, the cameras provided me with a sense of accountability. I knew I couldn't watch 24/7 but knowing the teachers were aware that someone COULD be watching at anytime made me feel a whole lot better. The glass walls are nice too. At first I thought it may be a distraction but that hasn't been the case. In reality, it just increases the number of eyes that can see whats going on in the classroom. In order for something terrible to go unnoticed, all parents must not be watching the camera and all staff (including the teachers in the neighboring classrooms) would have to not see it, or turn a blind eye. Pretty low odds! The playgrounds are superior to any other daycare I toured and they even have a splash pad! The kids LOVE it.
Being in the childcare industry has got to be tough. These people take care of hundreds of the most special little people and I, for one, think they do a bang up job. I am sure there will always be an unhappy parent or two (see previous poster) but keeping realistic expectations in mind, I can't see this place warranting anything less than full stars!
Daughter attended KidsRKids (#54) Nov-Dec 2013. Classroom consisted of 18+ kids (18-24months. After two weeks we decided to withdraw our child due to the lack of teacher interaction, lack of teacher supervision, limited resources, multiple inaccurate daily sheets and behavior changes.
Lack of teach interaction with kids: Based on our observation 77.3% of the time the kids played without any teacher interaction (Free Play, no structure). 15.7% of the time the kids were engaged in learning activities (cognitive, language, arts, etc.) with the teacher. 7% of the time the kids were engaged in physical activities (bubbles, dancing, jumping, etc) with teacher involvement.. .. Ex: 1) Teachers walked around picking up toys or sitting in the corner 2) Daughter takes drum to teacher. Teacher begins to play the drum & within a few seconds other kids surround the teacher & within seconds the teacher gets up and walk away.
Lack of teacher supervision: 1) She walked around with one shoe for 4 hrs. Teacher said she put her shoe on the counter and forgot to put it back on. 2) Daughter sitting next to teacher and a boy continues to ride truck into her. 3) Lights off in room 2hrs past nap time. 4) Teachers would not remove kids sitting on top of bookcase. 5) Cameras are grainy but my daughter has a tell-tell sign when she cries. There was no consolement or attempt to get her involved in activities during her first few days
Limited recourses (18+ kids): With 18+ kids having one toy/tool creates an environment of pushing and aggression in order to get involved in the activities. (chaos). Exp: 1) Pulled out one crawl through tunnel for all 18+ kids. Just imagine 18+ kids trying to go through one entry point of a play tunnel.
Multiple inaccurate daily sheets : You can’t rely on the information in your child's daily report sheet...Exp: 1) Sheet said she sleep from 11:30-2:18pm. I saw her awake at 1:23pm.. 2) 6 of 9 days had diaper changes spanning 4 +hrs without a change.
3) You can’t trust the photos you receive of your child. I received a picture of my playing with bubbles. At the time the picture was taken we saw our daughter standing back as the kids pushed to get to the bubbles. She was not involved in this activity and the teachers didn't do anything to get her involved. However, based on the picture you would think she was having fun playing with bubbles.
Behavior Changes : My child had biting & hitting incident reports written against her. Concerned so I visited her old daycare to determine her behavior there. The Director said that they never had any bad behavioral issues with her. Contacted my Pediatrician and she says this occur sometimes because of lack of supervision from the teachers.
Miscellaneous: 1) Daughter would not go to sleep. Teacher forced daughter down. Wrapped her arms in blanket and held the blanket so she couldn't get loose until she went to sleep.
-I quickly contacted the Director and she said I told the Teacher it was ok to do this.
-I contacted my Pediatrician and she stated "A child of 18 months should not be restricted and/or forced down to go to sleep"
When I finally made the decision to withdraw my child I meet with the Director. I told her that I would like to share the data collected and review a few incidents. Nevertheless, she stopped me before I could even get to the data and said she was aware of the issue. At that point I had mixed emotion. I was shocked that she was too proud or thought she had such a great handle on things that she didn't need to review the information I had available. Stunned to the point where I didn't know where to proceed with the meeting. It was also disheartening because I was so impressed from the tour and it appears as if these problems were going on then. It seems has if they continue to sweep things under the rug and portray this image of higher learning which is not accurate.
I was impressed with this school from the first time I walked in the doors. It is very well maintained. The staff is so friendly, the owners and director are on top of everything, the curriculum is fantastic, and they have a *real chef* in the kitchen (and a heart healthy menu, too!) =) I love that I can check on my girls at any time with the WatchMeGrow cameras. This school uses technology like personal computers for the students and a fancy SmartBoard for individual and group learning. My kids love the school and I don't want to take them anywhere else.
This is the best child development center that Mansfield/South Arlington has to offer. They are a safe enviornment that promotes learning in all activities and keeps your child engaged throughout the day. I can't say enough about the teachers and management team at this facility....they really care about each child as if it was one of their own.
The camera affect is really overrated. My children didn't like this facility from the start. I tried ignoring those signs but it never went away. The majority of the staff watching the kids are very young and appear to be 30 and under which could serve as a problem in terms of experience. They also act like robots. My child's face was never clean when I picked him up. The see through glass is nothing but a distraction for some kids. They have a behavior reporting system where they document every small thing your child does and the parent has to sign it as you're coming in. I've seen several parents signing their "Oh no" report which I think is counterproductive and a waste of time. These are small kids not machines. The nurse uniforms the staff wear makes it look like a hospital and not a school. I really didn't like this facility when I visited it but I thought the cameras would make a difference. What a waste. If your child is not easily distracted this is the place; if they are easily distracted run the other way. I don't think this facility is any better than the others. Don't be fooled by the cameras. I'm sure there will be several rebuttals to my comments from those on the inside.
We toured several schools in the area and this one certainly stands out above the rest! We are very happy with our choice. The teachers truly care about the kids. EVERYDAY our children are greeted by name from the front office staff, owners, and several teachers. Even though there are over 200 kids in the building they take the time to make my child feel special. Being a teacher myself, this was very important to me. I am also very impressed by the curriculum. I would recommend this school to everyone!!
With the wonderful facilities this daycare has to offer and great teachers, they should really try to be more transparent about happenings around the daycare. All it takes is one incident of hiding an occurrence for a parent to have second thoughts.
We appreciate the postive endorsement of our facilities and staff. We take seriously our commitment to provide a safe, nurturing environment to every family we serve. In response to the transparency comment we have no recollection of any conversation with a customer regarding failure to fully disclose details of any event regarding the care of children in our school. We welcome any parent to discuss any concern with the on site owners at any time.