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.
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.
Very clean, well managed , location is great especially for anyone who commutes to Baton Rouge
The staff and management at this facility is unprofessional. They try to appear a certain way but in reality they are uncaring and unconcerned about the children. The teacher jerked papers from the children's hands, yelled at the children, and said unkind things to them. This center does not even rate one star but at least one has to be selected in order to post a review. For those seeking a quality daycare where the staff is concerned about the children, then this is definitely not a good choice, especially if you are concerned about your child's social and emotional development. I would not recommend this center to anyone.
So far, our son has only advanced since he has started here. He loves to go everyday and is talking more then any other 2 year old I know! I love that they do crafts with the kids everyday. It is sad seeing all the negative reviews but over the last 4 months we have had a great experience here.
The Only person I would trust my child with at this facility is Mrs Mary in the crawler room! Every other room I agree with the other negative reviews! There is no structure and they do not take kindly to criticism! Please don't take your child here!
We had been going to this daycare since they opened last November. We were told time and time again that there would be activities for the kids, things for them to do and most importantly a CURRICULUM! Everything we were told would happen during our tour/walk thru was a complete lie. Please do not waste your time here. Your child will only suffer! They let kids just run around in the room or they would keep them outside for hours because that was the only activity they had for them to do! The owner will not accept any constructive criticism and it should have been a red flag from the beginning that neither her or any of her staff had any credentials or experience of any sort with children or early childhood education! My child was extremely unhappy at this center and I always felt bad not only for my child but for the other kids at the school. The teachers do not care about your children at all and half the time you can't even see them on the camera. The last thing they are doing is keeping an eye on your child. My daughter was miserable at this daycare it was obvious how unhappy and how unsafe she felt. She never wanted to go there she would start crying as soon as she put her eyes on the building while we were still in the car. I'm sure you can understand how hard this must be as the parent! I could go on for days but the two reviews below that also did not have a good experience they have taken all the words out if my mouth! Please do not send your child to this daycare!!!
I completely and 100% disagree with Natalie and Utterly. My 2 year old granddaughter attends Barnyard For Tots and she LOVES it! Her vocabulary, social skills, potty training, etc have all greatly improved since starting there. She is excited when she gets to "big girl school" in the mornings. The staff is friendly, attentive, and professional. The facility itself is bright, cheerful and spotlessly clean. The owner is always onsite and is always available. I would HIGHLY recommend Barnyard for Tots!