I have two kids in Horizons, a 1 year old and a 4 yr old, and this is my 4 yr old’s second year in the school. Last year he had Ms. Amani and this year Ms. Dena and they have both been amazing teachers. Also, the director, Ms. Shahama, has bent over backwards to make accommodations for my son who has a language delay. Before he started at Horizons I took him to another Muslim school that I had sold my car to pay for the over $2,000 in various fees plus steep tuition only to have him kicked out after three weeks with no refund because he would have daily accidents and they “don’t potty train”. However, he was potty trained and only needed help with getting his pants up and down, which they refused to do. He was also bullied there and would not talk in class at all because he did not feel safe. Then when I took him Horizons it was the exact opposite. There fees are much less; $175 for registration, and the tuition depends on age, and you can pay monthly or weekly. He was always happy to go to school and was learning rapidly. Ms. Shahama recognized his speech delay and set up a speech evaluation with an amazing speech therapist who he now works with, and Ms. Dena works with me and the speech therapist so that she can adjust the instruction for my son. Ms. Shahama is always friendly and available for any concerns that you have. This school is sooo much better at helping kids transition into a new environment instead of being so strict which is not appropriate for a 3 yr old. This kind of environment, where the children are happy, helps them to learn better. They constantly do activities with the kids such as circle time, painting, and drawing where they incorporate the lessons such as letters, numbers, colors, etc. They also have Arabic and Quran lessons. Last year the VPK class memorized 16 surah. They have a nice playground, and also have frequent field trips and events, on the holidays they will get a bouncy house, cotton candy machine, and they have a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HorizonsChildCareandLearningCenter) where you can see the pictures from the events. Some of their events are Eid, International Day, Disney Character Day, Pajama Day, Mother’s Day, and Graduation. They also have halal healthy meals provided for breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
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I had my son enrolled at Hand n Hand Enrichment for almost a year. He started when he was 1 1/2. He had a great teacher, he bonded with her quick. Then he moved to the 2-3 year old room once he turned 2. We were told he was very smart and were asked if we worked with him at home since he knew his letters, numbers and shapes already. Then 5 months later all went down hill. I started getting phone calls to pick him up an hour after I dropped him off. My son was having "behavioural issues" which I can safely say was terrible twos and I'll explain why. He got kicked out of daycare to say the least and was also told that he was "terribly delayed developmentally" (5 months after being told that he was doing extremely well). I worried so much thinking that I messed up, maybe my son has ADD, ADHD, has a speech delay, (I didn't know who to compare him to). After 2 months of worrying, going through audiology tests, and finally getting a child development test, my mind was put to ease. The evaluator said that my son was advanced for his age (now 2 1/2). He knows how to put words together to form a sentence, he counts to 20, knows his ABC's, shapes, colors, etc.. answers questions and carry a conversation. So now I have to believe that this daycare could not handle my son's terrible two's so instead kicked him out and gave me a hard time on the way. I don't believe they put much training into their decision, "we're trained to spot when a child is not developing" and instead just scared the mess out us. So in closing if you have a hyper, "terrible two's" toddler, who doesn't like to sit still during story time or throws stuff, or had an accident biting another kid (which happens, my son got bit twice while at this daycare but their toddlers, they're still learning), I wouldn't recommend this daycare to you. I only gave it 2 stars because there are nice staff there, it's always clean and my son seemed to like it there, even if a few didn't seem to like him.
My son has been a student at this school for almost a year now, and we continue to be extremely impressed with the staff, teachers and learning environment at Kids R Kids Waterford. The owners and staff work hard to promote a family atmosphere, and they really care about the kids. My son loves his teachers and comes home talking about them and everything they did at school that day. Ms. Michelle and Ms. Dignora are two of the hardest working teachers I have ever seen, and in spite of all they do every day they still take the time to plan special events for the children and parents. The school is clean, safe and well maintained. You can watch your child on the video monitors in each classroom either from your computer, smart phone, or from the lobby area. The front entrance is secure and requires a key card access. The playground equipment is always in good condition, and they have a splash pad for the kids to play on during the warm summer weather. One thing that really stands out to me about this school is the low turnover among the teachers. My son previously attended another school and it seemed like he had a new teacher every couple of months, and this was really difficult for him to adjust to. The low teacher turnover at this school is an indicator that the teachers enjoy their jobs and feel appreciated by the management staff.
In regards to the last comment, We are very sorry you view our facility in such a light. However, there are some issues NKA would like to address. Our 2 year old teacher has her Bachelors in Early Childhood development and being bilingual is a necessity in the Orlando area. When it comes to potty training, each child is unique in their development and all children must develop at their own rate. We must use pull ups in the potty training process as to prevent unsanitary conditions in the classroom. If a child is not ready for underwear we cannot force the potty training process upon them, it is against DCF rules and regulations. As your child was only enrolled for a week, we do not claim to work miracles! For the matter of medical records, it is every parents responsibility to pick up his/her child's documentation, we do not withhold information, we simply cannot send any documents out. We hope you have the best of luck with potty training your child, just remember to be patient and not rush a child that is not ready!
I have been with Top Kids Academy for 2 years with my children ages 5 and 8. My daughter completed her VPK program and has EXCELLED in kindergarten this year so far. Her benchmark test shows her ranking a number 4 which is the as good as it gets. School is coming very easy to her and she surprises me on what she knows. When I ask her where did she learn certain things she responses Ms. Leyla who is from Top Kids. This is a vast difference from when my older child attended another school that had a good reputation and I was disappointed on how they ran their program ( I eventually had to pull him out.) My son has requested to continue to attend the summer program over other options I have given him. He enjoys the time there and the teachers. If I did have a problem ( which was student related which happens), I felt it was handle in the best way and one I thoroughly agree with. If you are heavily involved with your child and want to have sense of community with outside of school, this would be it.
Excellent daycare to send your children to, the staff is compassionate about children and education. I love the facility, it is open parents during business hours. I have spent hours in the daycare, I randomly come and check on my son. The directors and staff are very welcoming offering me breakfast and lunch. My son has attended Neighborhood Kids Academy for almost a year and a half, he loves his friends and his teacher. He comes home singing songs and telling me about his experience and how he loves his teacher. I highly recommend this daycare to anyone who would love their child to be in a clean, healthy, learning environment. The class schedule and lunch menu are made available every week, parent teacher conferences are available, the playground area is nice, and the food is delicious. Neighborhood Kids Academy is one of a kind, the staff is more like extended family.
Planet Learning has been apart of my FAMILY since my daughter was 6 months old. She was a student at PLA from 6 months until she started Kindergarten. This daycare goes ABOVE and beyond for their kids and the parents. There was never a day that I felt my child was not being taken care of or mistreated. The fact that the staff was bilingual was a plus because my daughter was actually speaking and understanding Spanish at an early age. My daughter is now 8 years old and still visits the daycare for their summer camp which is ran by an awesome woman! If you want your kids to experience a great summer with lots of activities and adventures..this is the place to be. Ms. Wendy is wonderful with the kids and she always has something great planned for them to do. I could go on and on about this place.....I HIGHLY recommend Planet Learning. WE LOVE PLA! :)
My daughter has been attending Kids R Kids for the past 10 months, I feel extremely content leaving my daughter with the amazingly professional and caring staff. As a working full time mother I do get relief in knowing my daughter is being well taken care of daily. The center is always clean and fresh smelling. I do know my daughter is happy here, I leave her in the morning and she is excited to be there. My daughter is always clean and happy when I arrive to pick u her up in the afternoons. It is very hard to leave my daughter, so knowing she is in great hands, help me to get through my day easier. Before I enrolled my daughter in Kids R Kids I visited at least 10 centers in the Orlando area, I can honestly say Kids R Kids is by far the best daycare in the Orlando area.
My name is Abbie and my son has attended NKA for almost three years now. The school is predominantly family operated and the other employees are the most caring and compassionate people I have encountered in a childcare facility. From the time my son arrives at school, he has structure, vast opportunities to learn, one-on-one attention as well as group activities, positive reinforcement and redirection, and love from his caregivers when I am working. It is a wonderful feeling to know that my child is safe and happy when I have to be at my job. The owners are consistent, fair, and run their business the way EVERY childcare facility should. I would definitely recommend NKA to my friends, family members, and anyone in need of childcare for their kids
I have had the best experience in this facility, My older son went to Pre-K in 2010 and now i have my younger one attending Pre-K,. I couldn't be happier as i had my youngest with me since he was born and never in a daycare center. From the owner Mrs. Pat to the teachers, they all made this transition so easy for my son and me as well. I was happy to see that they comforted him and gave him love and held him the first days when he was sad seeing mommy leave. Now he is so happy when i drop him off and he talks about his friends and his teacher all the time.He is writing and coloring in the lines already, i am so happy i choose Hand and Hand for a great academic start for my kids. Very knowledgeable group of teachers!