Garden Patch Creative Learning Center
5192 S 193rd St, Omaha, NE 68135
Our family's experience at Garden Patch has been great. We have a very independent-minded 4-year-old son who can throw temper tantrums like nobody's business. But in the 2 years we've been at GP, the teachers and director have worked with me to get him the proper care and placement he needs. Never once did they give up on this sweet boy. Just the opposite! They worked harder to make things happen for him, and I've always felt that we're a team. Together, we've helped our little boy mature and become so sweet and polite. I truly appreciate what they've done for our family.
We have been with Garden Patch for 4 years now and can’t imagine going somewhere else! We have 2 kids there for preschool/before and after school and when our other kids are old enough for preschool they will start there too. I have had many issue arise with my children’s behavior (problems with my child, not the center) and each issue is handled with profession and respect. I love the at home feeling I get when I walk in and Laura is walking around to see what the kids are doing or helping out where she is needed. When I have a concern I just walk into Laura’s office and sit down to discuss it. Her door is always open and she’s available for feedback. Every teacher there smiles and says hello when they see you and even if they are not my kids’ teacher, they know my childs name. I do not have the luxury of staying home every day with my children but I have no doubt in my mind that they are in WONDERFUL hands at Garden Patch!
I completely disagree with the previous comment indicating that Garden Patch CLC is a bad place to take your kids. I find it is quite the opposite. Garden Patch offers a very friendly, caring, supervised, structured environment. It is an equal mix between professional and educational that I am proud to have my daughter be a part of. The facility is very clean. In fact, the adjoining bathrooms between classrooms have cleaning schedules and staff sign up/are assigned daily cleaning chores. The rooms are always picked up for the next day; the floors constantly get vacuumed and mopped (I have seen them doing it several times, first hand). The facility also provides a very detailed parent handbook that covers everything from their sickness policy, their mission statement (and they follow through on this), who can retrieve your child (and they are very strict on this based on who is approved ahead of time by the parents), etc. They even have video cameras in many rooms if you want to check in on your children throughout the day.
The facility is also very safe. Garden Patch is very good about providing incident reports when a child gets hurt, even if it is minor. Parents are required to sign off on them which show that they are always kept in the loop. They have playgrounds that are safe and completely fenced in with privacy fences. From what I have seen firsthand, they have staff that constantly monitors the children in their rooms and ensure the children are kept in order.
My daughter has learned so much since being with Garden Patch. Staring in the 2's class, she learned and was able to count to 10 in Spanish (and even say a few words). They integrate education with art and play, which is extremely important for child development. I have an entire tote full to the brim with worksheets, art, and other things that my daughter has learned on a daily basis. The facility is very structured and activities are age-appropriate yet challenging.
The owner of Garden Patch takes extreme pride in what she is able to provide to her families and their children. She even emails everyone to let them know when she is going to be out of town or out of the office (for training and such) for period of time - no other daycare director I have ever come across does this. In fact, you hardly ever SEE directors at other facilities - but the director at Garden Patch is very hands on and is on-site constantly.
In regards to the previous comment on teachers leaving, some of that stems from the age of the teachers (which seems like the ones who leave are the part-time HS students, who lack the maturity and patience to work with children). A hiring manager doesn’t always know this when they hire a person – they only see what the person shows during the interview. There are many teachers in the facility who have been there since it opened (my daughter's teacher is one of them). A lot of teachers also are in school and leave when the graduate – but this is very common for all childcare facilities, not just Garden Patch
I never hesitate to recommend Garden Patch to anyone who asks or is looking for childcare, because this facility is not just merely "daycare," it provides infant/childcare, preschool, pre-k all wrapped into one. I am proud to take my daughter here and can't imagine her learning anywhere else.
They're really, really good at making sure parents *think* their kids are in a good place. It's a pretty center, but the management is absolutely horrific. They don't know how to control their employees and their employees barely know how to control kids. Every great teacher I've seen is gone within 10 months because they can't stand being associated with such a place.
I couldn't ask for a better facility for my children! The director couldn't have more love for kids and the teachers are always friendly and willing to help. My girls are treated like kids and have fun, yet there are expectations of learning. I have had my girls in in-home daycare centers and this was the best move my husband and I ever made! I love the Garden Patch and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a place for their children to go!
I have been taking my daughter to Garden Patch for six months and she absolutely loves it! She is a little over 2 and looks forward to going and isn't even excited to leave at the end of the day. She has been in 3 different daycares and this is the first one that she actually enjoys. I am extremely pleased with Garden patch and would recommend them to anyone that cares about their child. Just this past weekend, I left one of my daughter's beloved blankets at daycare, sent an email to the Assistant Director and someone came to the daycare... ON A SATURDAY, and let me retrieve my daughter's blanket. If this isn't a sign of a place that really cares about their kids (and the sanity of their parents!) then I don't know what is. I read two other comments about this establishment that I completely do not agree with... we all have bad days or a bad experience here and there but that should not represent the overall quality of the daycare! Take it from a parent that has had her child in three different centers and would not settle for second rate care. Garden Patch truly cares about their kids!