We love the Young School, both of our kids go to the King's Contrivance location. We like the educational programs during the academic year, the feedback they provide on our kids' progress, and the freedom to play and have fun independently throughout the day. It's really a step above "daycare" facilities and it truly is a "school." One thing we didn't expect was how they've given our kids structure in the day, from scheduled naps (which are crucial!) to coping mechanisms when things don't go their way, it's been fantastic.
Both of my children have been at this school since the infant care program and I couldn't be happier. The teachers are great with the kids, the optional enrichment programs are wonderful for working parents who don't have time for extracurricular activities, and I have very much found that my kindergartner was well prepared for kindergarten based on what she was taught at the Young School. Communication has been amazing from the daily tidbits to parent boards, to the cottage director emails. I love that the preschool program allows for older and younger children to learn from each other, as it is a mixed age environment (3-5). The curriculum is play and learning based but children receive more structure as they get closer to kindergarten.
My daughter has been attending the Young School for the past two months and I have loved everything about the school so far. When I first walked through the place, I wanted to enroll myself -- it looked so engaging. Their philosophy is to provide students endless opportunities to interact with the real world. Our daughter plays with a variety of fabrics and mirrors and watches a fish tank. They expose her to books even at this young age. Our main care worker cared enough about our daughter to bring in an outfit for their spring "Butterfly Picnic" where they get to see the release of a bunch of butterflies. It is a wonderful school. I highly recommend.
My son is almost 22-months old, and has been attending The Young School since he was 3-months old. He’s never spent time in another daycare, so my experiences with other facilities is limited to conversations with friends. Overall, I am incredibly pleased with TYS. Pros:•Every teacher who has cared for my son has been very loving, caring and nurturing.•The RIE philosophy - to a first time parent visiting TYS I thought some of their practices sounded odd, and I had my doubts about whether it would be a good environment for my child (no high chairs, no sippy cups, etc.) I couldn’t have been more wrong. The RIE philosophy has helped my son be very self-sufficient, and has shown me that my son is capable of a lot more than I had originally expected. Other parents and family members comment all the time about his ability to drink from a cup and sit at the table for meals from such a young age.•The teachers keep the children engaged through a lot of hands-on activities.•The focus on learning through play and exploration has been a wonderful way for my child to develop.•The size and cottage structure of the school has created an environment that allowed my son to form a close bond with his primary teachers, while giving him exposure to others. Almost every teacher in the school knows my son by name.•Wonderful outdoor space! Playgrounds, fields, bike paths… I can’t say enough positive things about the outdoor space. We toured five other daycare facilities in the Columbia area and none had outdoor space that compared to TYS.•Children stay with the same class and teachers for the first two years. Cons:•I’ve heard of other schools where technology is used more effectively when communicating with parents: electronic check-in/check-out procedures, electronic access to child’s daily information/activity sheets. TYS currently does this via paper.•Teacher staffing can be an issue - I’ve heard of teachers being denied sick leave or vacation leave because they were short-staffed. This is rare, but I think they could improve by having on-call, back-up teachers available to cover.Overall, I would rate TYS with 5 out of 5 stars. My son is thriving and absolutely LOVES to go school in the morning.
I find The Young School to be perfect for my little girl! They were able to train my daughter to use utensils and drinking from a cup (no sippy cups required!). They let us know when things need to be changed to accommodate her new skills or independence. The school plans for activities for all the kids to enjoy. For example, they have water play for all ages (other than infants), circle/ story time, playing with instruments, etc. I cannot wait to have her join the toddler / pre-K program where they have so many classes where she can explore, learn, and have fun!
I feel very fortunate that we found TYS @ Guilford Rd. We have had our daughter there since she was 8 weeks old. Their quality of care is what made me be able to go back to work and not worry about how she was being treated and if she was getting enough attention. The teachers are amazing and are extremely helpful. They even tried to ensure that I got to see the first time she rolled over, took her first step, etc. when I was at work. They really do enable a smooth integration between daycare and home and try to make the communication as easy as possible without requiring meetings – unless desired. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this daycare and the teachers working there.
HORRIBLE SCHOOL, MEAN STUFF. YOUR KIDS WILL BE ABUSED HERE. NO DISCIPLINE, AND KIDS BULLY EACH OTHER. MY 3 year old was horrified in a week and the staff and owners were verbally abusive in return. Negligence of teachers for not paying attention to kids!!!! Silent & harsh treatments to discipline kids. Rather keep your kids safe at home then to send them here. Absolutely worst experience of my life!!!!