I’ll start by saying that if your child speaks or moves at all, do not enroll them at this daycare. They are expected to be statues or they will be screamed at or constantly in time out. My 2 year old was just too much to handle. He liked to run, jump and play. That was not acceptable. He was written up almost every day. The final reason I was given that he was being thrown out was “he just hasn’t been listening today.” Again, a 2 year old boy. Can you imagine that? One day the director was completely aggravated because my child kept taking his shoes off (while inside). Isn’t that a terrible offense? There are also the fake sicknesses just to get your child out of daycare for the day. I was called for a “rash” that when I took him to the doctor to check out, the doctor basically laughed. It was ONE small red spot on the face of a fair complexion child. Needless to say, he was not contagious. These directors want easy money, meaning they want people who pay but your kid is not allowed to be a kid. The directors are always unhappy. This is not a healthy atmosphere for children. There are a few good teachers there, and it is beyond me how they can watch this day in and day out. I believe children need to be disciplined, but this is even beyond my limits. It’s either be perfect or GO! Read your contract if are considering it. It clearly states that there is no running, jumping, etc. What a fun place for small kids! They open at 6:30 am, but that’s it…they are OPEN. The kids that get there that early have to sit along the wall and watch the director and her subordinate friend drink coffee until more teachers show up and get breakfast going. Again, doesn’t that sound fun for small children…sitting along a wall watching grown-ups drink coffee and converse with each other? Sign me up!Also, the directors’ word is final, and they attempt to be bullies. They did not bully me which definitely contributed to them throwing my child out of the daycare. I always worked with him on bad behavior and even took away privileges, but that was really all I could do with a 2 year old. That was not enough for them. They thought I should do more, and it angered them that I would not do something else…not sure what else.The owner died about a year ago, and I was told by one of the directors that this daycare (all locations) were now owned by the deceased owner’s very young (around 20 years old) son. I’m sure he has plenty of child development experience, right? Probably a nice kid, but I would not consider him qualified to run child care centers just yet. Read the reviews people. Do you see a pattern? I do now. I have so much guilt for leaving my child with these people in such a toxic environment. He cried and had to be pulled off of me every day when dropping him off. He’s recently shown some disturbing signs at home of being a disappointment, or being, as he says, “a bad boy” (wonder where that came from). I’ll spend some time with him before re-enrolling him in a daycare. One thing is for certain…I WILL do more research and take more time to pick the next one. I did not take a lot of the really old reviews about this daycare seriously, but I should have. There are more recent ones now. Do your research. Don’t put too much stock in those happy looking pictures on FB. That’s very temporary and as soon as that picture is taken, all of those sugared up kids get in trouble for having a bit of energy. In the end, I was able to get this daycare to allow me out of my contract one month early, but to finish out the current month since I had already paid for the month and needed time to find another daycare. I had no intention of renewing another one year contract in August, and I told the director this. The director agreed, then wrote him up and threw him out a few days later. Needless to say they kept my money.
Unsafe, unstructured, kids are unhappy, staff is inexperienced.After moving from Baton Rouge to Prairieville, we were looking for a new daycare in the area. The demand was pretty high and we could only get on waiting lists at our preferred centers. We didn't have much time and we were optimistic. We came across a learning center that was brand new and just opening, Barnyard for Tots. I was hesitant to enroll our then 20-month-old in a new center being run by someone with no former experience in education, early childhood development or even working with kids in general, but we were running out of options.I had high hopes for this center and unfortunately, I was met with much disappointment. After only two months, I'd had enough and abruptly took my son out. This establishment claims to be a 'learning center' but it is a FAR cry from a learning center. The "teachers" have no certification in early childhood development and their experience working with children is questionable. I would watch my son attentively on the camera, checking in at least hourly, only to see the same thing every time - a teacher sitting on the floor against the wall while the children ran wild. There was no structure, no activity, no learning of any sort, although I did get daily reports of structured activity and a learning curriculum, I never ONCE saw this in action and I could see the effects of this on my son.Before I enrolled my child in this place, he had basic manners and would say 'please and thank you', was very social, loved playing with other kids, and would learn new words almost every day. After being in this center he actually digressed. He stopped saying please and thank you, did not learn new words and became anti-social and aggressive to other kids. He started getting into fights, pushing and hitting other children for no apparent reason. This was new and odd behavior for him. He also started getting nose bleeds, which had never happened before, and hasn't happened since. After checking in on the streaming video feed diligently and watching for extended periods of time, I think these things happened because of the lack of structure and the disengaged staff. I don't think he felt safe there and started fighting as a result. I also read up on nose bleeds and learned it can be caused by stress, I think this is what happened. My son was MISERABLE there and in an unsafe, unstructured environment.I also questioned the health safety of this center. Within these two months, there were multiple outbreaks of RSV and I know for a fact that children with confirmed cases of RSV were allowed back into the center without being cleared by a doctor.After taking my son out of this center and bringing him back to his old daycare in Baton Rouge, he made a 180 degree turnaround. He regained his social skills, started playing nicely with other kids, saying 'please and thank you' again, his nose bleeds stopped and his overall attitude improved. He seemed to be genuinely happy again, which heartbreakingly is something that he lost during his tenure at Barnyard for Tots.I would warn any parent to be very careful about leaving their child here. I know the demand for daycare in Prairieville is very high and this may be your only option. As a new center, you can expect growing pains but to me the inexperience, lack of engagement or structure and questionable health safety practices is simply unacceptable. If you are looking for a learning center and a nurturing, safe environment for a young child, I strongly advise against Barnyard for Tots.
My child attended this school for 2 years. He was doing great in the program until Leslie started working there. Every other day I would be getting calls from her with incident reports. I felt like my child was singled out. They do not teach the children there. They have them do paperwork all day. They are not patient with children. The classroom sizes are small. When I asked them to provide healthier snacks, they gave out cheese balls. It is ran by a bunch of women whose kids go there so if your child doesn't get along with one of them it won't work out.
I witnessed one of the daycare workers reach over the half door on the infant room to pick up my child by her hands with force My daughter dangled by her arms until being handed over to another daycare worker then handed to me. There is no need for my child or any child to be picked up in this demeaner. To me it looked like the daycare worker(s) were agitated by my daughter. After this incident I brought my daughter to the emergency room where they confirmed she had nursemaid elbow which means dislocation at her elbow joint. I have handled this matter appropriately through the law in this parish. I have called the abuse hotline because this is the second time the same girl has done something to this nature but not to this extreme. The first time she grabbed My daughter by her upper arms where my daughters hands where held to her side and picked up. Parents listen to me!!! Think twice before you stick your child in this facility. Do your research and read reviews.
This place is disgusting! Do not bring your children there. If there were an option for a 0 that is what they would get. The staff are horrible and the teachers that were good, left. I have two children ages 2 and 7 and everyday I would walk in I could hear the so called teachers yelling at the kids. This place is sneaky they cover up things and lie to the state to cover their butts! I couldn't tell you how many times I have talked to Traci about the problems my kids were having at her center and all I would get from her was that she would address the issue but never did! They didn't care about my kids, all they cared about was the money! what a joke. Please, Please if you are thinking about taking your kids here don't, its not safe! My kids are at another center and they are happy, FINALLY!!
I still have nightmares about my grandson's experience at this daycare center. He was neglected and abused. The staff never had any answers for the deep scratches on his face, bleach he sat in or being left alone for hours! He wasn't even two! Don't leave your child here! -0 rating
My son attended for 8 months. Rarely gets outside play. He's allergic to strawberries and it was written on his allergy sheet she had us filled out. She constantly have him strawberries. She asked if she could give him coconut milk, we said no. She gave it to him against our wishes. He consistently came home with terrible diaper rashes that we'd have to get medicated cream for. When my husband and I confronted her about it, she got very defensive and instead of helping to resolve it, she just blamed it on us. He has been at another preschool for 5 months and hasn't had one single rash. She also takes excessive vacations and sick leave, and those are paid for by the parents. She goes by Ascension Parish School off schedules and then also has some extra. She is nice but is very sneaky and sly. Beware.
My kids were here for a year and they were safe and taken care of however the owner will not speak with you if you have any type of problem. Also beware that parent information form you are filling out is actually a year contract. If you attempt to remove your kids they will come after you demanding that you pay the entire year. Even though I gave a two months notice they tried to force me to pay another 3 months to "complete the contract". I was told "this has nothing to do with the child but to do with the contract and the money you owe us." Even though I did not realize I had signed a contract. Last I checked these are my kids. Despite the owner, Ms. Misty, standing next to the supervisor who was on the phone with me she still refused to let the phone be passed to me to speak with me. I was never disrespectful I was crying on the phone but never rude or loud. They then told me I could remove her at the end of the following week or pay the entire contract. I had to take her out. It was very scary for me to know that the owner of the child care center cared nothing for my child or had any interest in speaking to the parents of the children. I was told repeatedly "Ms. Misty DOES NOT speak to parents." Therefore Ms. Misty does not deserve any of my money or to look at my sweet babies.
Very clean, well managed , location is great especially for anyone who commutes to Baton Rouge
My daughter has attended Color Wheel for over a year now. They have been very accommodating with our religious beliefs. The staff is very polite and caring. I have never had a problem with any one there. These parents leaving bad reviews probably have bad kids. I've seen parents chewing out the staff over the kids behavioral issues. Staff cannot help it if a child is sick, they are simply doing their job. If you want to make the most informed decision, go visit and take a tour for yourself.