Playcare At Victoria Park
1500 NE 4th Pl, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
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If I could give negative stars, I would. My sons daycare was the one vandalized and set on fire a few weeks ago. Ms. Elaine was "kind" enough to open her doors for the parents and children, saying that in a tragic situation like this, the kids need to be together, not broken up. I was nothing but thankful... until.... After the first week CPS came to my home on a Saturday saying MY SON WAS LEFT OUTSIDE, BY HIMSELF, CRYING. I thought for sure there was no way and waited until Monday to ask her about the allegations. She then told me YES, "I LEFT HIM OUT THERE (and pointed to her back yard to a table 15' from the door) BECAUSE HE WASN'T LISTENING AND WAS NOT BEHAVING". He is 2 for crying out loud!!!! Thats what happens with 2 year olds occasionally!!!! She then proceeded to tell me that he is a danger to the other children and she does not want him there. He has no development issues, and is certainly not a threat or danger to anyone. Needless to say I had a few choice words for her and laughed when she told me she did not want my son there anymore, LIKE I WOULD LEAVE HIM AFTER THAT!!!!! This woman is absolutely insane and lucky that I have self control of my actions. The investigation is still open and in process. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CHILD WITH THIS FACILITY!!!!
This is the absolute worst place to leave your child! Don't make the same mistake I did. The owner is crazy confrontational, my child had his foot stuck in the crib when i showed up unexpectedly. I could hear my ten month old crying from outside, when I asked how long he had been crying for I was told 20 minutes by Samantha and then that she tried picking him up but he was crying in her ear. Wow you must be kidding me this is a baby, my baby!!!! I approached the owner who was rude & confrontational. To make a long story short she was screaming in my face while I was holding my son and she had a daycare full of children, I had to call the police on her. She did not care that my son had his foot stuck in the crib and perhaps that is why he was crying while her employee stood less than two feet away and did nothing but stare into outerspace as if she was on drugs. I am pursuing to the fullest extent of the law to have this place either shut down or regulated properly. Please contact me if your interested in sharing your story my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. The owner Elaine Wilson is not a liked resident in the area and has a very bad reputation for causing trouble. She is also very well know by the Child Licensing & Enforcement. My regret is I did not know this before having my child at this facility.
02/01/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I would recommend staying as far away from this ""daycare"" as possible. My baby was 6 months old when he went to this center. The infant room is tiny. The equipment is old. The infant teacher was a sweet, kind woman and did well with my child. The owner is a vile, opinionated woman. The owner screamed at me and my husband, told me my baby was too loud, told me my infant should be on a schedule (that she approved of). We could not pick up our child between certain hours. She gave food to our 6 month old baby that we did not provide or approve, such as raisins. She lectured us on parenting decisions, including using a pacifier for a baby. When I attempted to talk to this woman about our differences, she screamed at me and was demeaning. I was shaking. When she told me my child screamed too loud and woke up the other children, I made up my mind that my child needed to leave immediately. She was talking about a BABY,not an older child, a BABY. There is not enough staff to adequately care for children.
Here are some other things I observed; Children crying when their parents left and not one caregiver hugging or consoling them, just leaving the child at the door to cry. 1 year old and older children constantly watching television, sometimes educational videos, usually movies, I recognized Matilda once. I have never seen a child on the playground. My family drives by there, we live in the neighborhood, and never see children playing.
On the positive side, the center is very clean. There just isn't any love, understanding, or in my opinion proper early childhood education.
As a final note, you will find good reviews of this school in state and local department of children and family, because the owner knows how to make everything just legal. She does not have a good reputation in the community or amongst childcare givers.
My advice:if you use this place, show up when not expected,you will be surprised.
11/10/2008Provided by Citysearch -
coworker (LOL) clearly the owner Elaine wrote this rebutle herself. It spews of her reteric. As a parent anytime there is an issue/concern brought to her attention-she deflects any and all responsiblity. It is either the parents fault or a disgruntled employee to blame. I initially ignored the stories I had heard from parents and employees and even defended Elaine's actions but I have since have cause for grave concern. The fear she instills in her employees-her r*cist actions -those who stood up for her and ungrateful n****s who should be thankful she gave them a job. What a load of you know what! I know you will read this Elaine and I hope others will do and have the courage to come forward and report you. They do have support from ""educated white follks"" who do not give a hoot that your husband is a police officer. If you are always watching from your video monitors-explain why there are so many incidents/accidents that can not be explained? If you have nothing to hide, why not provide parents with open access to the monitors? Instead of praying for your ex-employee-I will pray for you. I pray that if you cause another child undo harm or outright fib to another parent that justice will be swift and unmerciful! Just remember we are all accountable for our actions.
PROS: inexpensive (you get what you pay for)
CONS: to many to list
08/16/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Small World is definitly a great daycare and it teaches children a lot. My experience with the daycare is that, in my opinion discipline is great because every child needs to learn right from wrong, and if the owner instills that in the children then I feel like there is nothing wrong with that. Her disciplinary ways are somewhat different from mine but I think they are far from abuse. The children have fun at ""small world"" and that is all that counts most of them look forward to doing fun activiteies and learning new things everyday.This daycare is small, which allows the teachers to have a more personal relationship with each child, and to pay specific attention to those children who need that extra one on one help...I would recommend this daycare.
08/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Its sad to see how easily we are blindfolded by fictious stories and a false persona. I'm happy for those parents who had a 'great experience' at this wonderful school. A school where kids are punished for soiling themselves while being potty trained and plopped on 2 inch thick mats on hardwood floor when they don't fall asleep at the directors will. My biggest regret was not speaking up for the defenseless children and I too feel somewhat responsible. Yanking a child's hair or slapping a child is unacceptable punishment even for a tyrant. Allowing the children to play dirty sand that contains dog faeces is just wrong. If your children are so invested in this ""Great School"" why don't you take the time out to take a look around the school and maybe take a look on the list of violations posted on the director's wall? The director is a great story teller but I bet she never told you the story of the ""magic wand"", a ruler that was use to instill this her sick perception of punishment. Every month someone terminated because they either stood up to her on your child's behlaf or because they caught her using excessive force on your child. The bond between your child and their caretaker is broken and the cycle starts all over again when someone new is introduce. As anyone stopped to think about the emotional stability of these children? I agree that the teachers are great but the director is a sad character. Lying is a sin, for everyone, don't you think? Writing your own reviews are too! The only people who suffer from all this are the innocent child who fall prey to her sick, drunk personality!
08/09/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I have been taking my kids to small world for 12 years. My daughter started to go to Small World since she was 2 she is now 14 and still loves to go there. My son started there when he was 3 months and he's now 5. I love this wonderful school because is more than a daycare, they prepare the kids for life, they make sure to teach the kids to be independents, to have manners, and to make sure that they are ready for ""big kids"" school. By the time my daughter left small world she already knew the alphabet, the numbers, colors, shape etc. same thing is happening with my son. They are a huge support for us working parents. The owner is always there to answer any questions or concerns you might have. They are wonderful, and the kids have alot of fun there.