The Learning Experience in Oldsmar has been so-so for our family. I’ll list some of the pros and cons below. Pros: Generally very clean (with the exception of the strollers). Teachers seem very caring. Discount on cost depending on where you work. Their outside play area is very nice and well covered and they have what they call Water days for the kids to play. Cons: They have been under probation for their license for the following issues (Issues started back in 04/2015): Personnel records were not correct, [six] Child Care staff whose verifications of employment history for the past 2 years was not on file. [Four] child care staff with an Affidavit of Good Moral Character that was on file, but was incorrect or incomplete. r [two] Child Care staff without proof of a high school diploma or GED equivalent. The children’s center did not have documentation, training transcript, of the required training. No proof of fire extinguisher training. Restraining devices (such as swings, high chairs, car seats, etc.) were used in excess as an alternative to active play or adult/child interaction, supervision or discipline. A staff member failed to wash their hands after diapering or toileting procedure!!! When asked to describe the diapering procedure, three of the infant /toddler child care staff did not include hand washing. There was not a supply of clean diapers, clothing and/or linens and they were not changed promptly as evidenced by [a child had a diaper rash and the teacher admitted that she may not have cleaned him properly. There is even more than this but you can look it up for yourself on the DCF website. From personal experience I can tell you that week after week our child came home with a diaper rash. We tried different diapers and creams and change off diet but in the end we concluded it was just not proper cleaning from the daycare. I say this because we were able to clear up her rash over the weekend and by Friday the next week it would be back again and we used the same diapers and diaper cream as the daycare. Plus on the days she did end up with a rash she would be screaming at home to not change her diaper (she is toddler now but has been in the center since she was an infant). The cost for the daycare is very high for that area. In June of 2015 the cost of the 12-24 month rooms are over $1100 a month. Also they will not give you pricing unless you come in to visit their facility. They have a high turn-over rate. They do not allow you to bring your own sippy cup, the cups the kids use must be the cups the facility provides, which I have checked are NOT BPA free. They do not have a fully equipped kitchen so everything they eat is pre-processed/out of a can etc. Their idea for snacks are vanilla wafers/graham crackers/what they call trail mix (which is a combination of gold fish and cereal etc.) This wouldn’t be a big deal for older kids but younger kids just transitioning out of the infant room I think they should consider better options for them. They mainly seem to hire family and friends. (This could be seen as a good or bad thing) For all of the reasons above we have decided to take our child out of their care. I think they are a well-meaning child care facility but it’s just not the right place for us.
We've had our infant daughter enrolled at The Learning Experience in Oldsmar since March 2015. Since I have over twenty years experience working in pediatric nursing, I spent 2 1/2 weeks interviewing multiple day care centers as well as home day care facilities to find the absolute best care for my daughter upon my return to work. I had almost given up hope until The Learning Experience, previously full, called to tell me they had an opening for her. I went on a tour that evening with my husband and our daughter and was pleasantly surprised with how warm, welcoming, and knowledgeable we found the staff. We were even more impressed with the curriculum, facility cleanliness, safety measures, and sanitary practices. The infant care staff are above average and it's obvious they truly love and care for children as if each child were their own. Our daughter literally tries to jump out of our arms in the morning to great her caregivers!! The trust and happiness she exudes to them when we arrive speaks volumes for the way she is treated outside of our care. We've gotten to know almost every staff member over the past 6 months, and we are excited for our daughter to move to her next classroom when the time comes. All the teachers know her by name, even though they haven't directly cared for her. The Learning Experience has teachers and managerial staff experienced with children and families, and they operate with the utmost patience and respect. I have never witnessed any of them losing patience, raising their voices, or losing control. I've also never seen an unhappy parent, no matter the age of the child. This makes us look forward to our daughter continuing to receive the best care possible as she grows and moves up to different classrooms. The communication between the staff and families is also far superior to other centers. Our daughter has never suffered a diaper rash or infection,, and that says a lot to me about the level of care! Also, we've received more artwork our daughter has created (yes, she has actually painted and drawn, amongst other creativity) since she's been enrolled than some of my friend's children make in kindergarten in a whole school year. We are so thankful to have found the best child care possible close to home for our daughter. If you choose The Learning Experience, you will love the staff and know you will have your child in the best possible care outside of your own. Thank you to all of the staff at The Learning Experience! We can't brag enough about your high quality and superior service!!
A very professional atmosphere for my child to learn and grow. My son has been with TLE since he was old enough for infant care. He has now been attending TLE for over 15 months. His teachers are exceptional, and they have all had a special, loving bond with him. The standards are very high for the teachers and lesson plans. My son comes homes almost every day now with a new word, a new sign (baby sign language), and/or a new art project that he did in class (LOTS OF ART PROJECTS!) The building is very clean inside and out. I was even fortunate enough to experience a fire drill, where I observed well-trained staff calmly exiting the building with all of their children accounted for; the command and control was nearly flawless. The school is run by an extremely professional, yet very personal staff who make you feel like family. The bottom line is that I'm confident that my son is in good hands when I drop him off for daycare. I would recommend this school to any of my friends and family, without exception. 10/10.
Our son has been enrolled at TLE for 3 years now and he absolutely loves it. The VPK program this year has been our favorite part. He is learning so much and is so excited to come home and show us his work or tell us what he has learned. His teachers Ms. Nicole and Ms. Shehla are amazing. They are both so loving and attentive. Ms. So all the director has been the best thing that has happened to TLE. Since she has taken over turnover has diminished drastically. She is always smiling and her love for not only her staff but for each and every child at that center is amazing. We are extremely happy with this center
My child has been enrolled at this center since he was a year old. He is currently in Ms. Tina's class and we are very happy with how much he has learned over the past 3 years. All he talks about everyday when he gets home is how much he loves Ms. Tina and wants to see Ms. Tina. I think he loves her more than me! but as a mom I am glad that he loves his teacher so much, he is there every day and for most of the day because I work so much. I am so grateful that Ms. Tina takes such good care of my boy for me. we love this school!
My children have been going here since February 2012 and I can honestly say I would not send them anywhere else. The staff are wonderful, they really care about you and your kids and only want the best for everyone. The building is clean and safe and for the kids, they have an outside playground and an inside playground. They are very much about family and no just about the dollars. I would definitely recommend them to anyone. Keep up the good work. Christian Wingate :)
Our son has been at TLE for 3 months and the staff at TLE have made the transition from home-care to daycare very easy. Jason and Sonal in the front office are very friendly and caring. Our teachers have all been friendly, informative, and do their best to keep the babies entertained and cared for throughout the day.
My child attends here. I like that the facility is newer and kept up. My child really likes the play areas. The indoor one, Make Believe Boulevard, is awesome. It's like a mini-town for dramatic play. The outdoor playground is age-appropriate and up-to-date. The security here is really great too!
My daughter has been going there for 8 months now and we started her at 6 weeks. We like the staff and the school seems very clean. Sonal is amazing and will bend over backwards to be sure you are happy with their service. I am excited to see my daughter grow up in this school.
We have two daughters at The Learning Experience. We like the building security but would love to be able to monitor the girls with the security monitors from work or home. The facility is nice and clean. The director is wonderful!