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Quality care and excellent academics for children ages 6 weeks through 5th grade

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General Info
Quality care and excellent academics for children ages 2 years old through 5th grade
Business History
Playtime offers a wide variety of preschool/VPK class schedules to service families' individual needs, as well as full time programs for toddler twos & threes. Come tour the school and visit the unique Playtime Clubhouse designed to meet the special needs of school age after school and summer camp programs.
Hours

Regular Hours

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Services/Products
Day Care, Child Care, Nursery School, Preschool, Kindergarten,Full time or part time PreK - 3, Summer Camp, Free VPK Classes, After school care, Transportation to/from school
Payment method
check, paypal, visa
Location

Located at the entrance to the Countryway Subdivision on the corner of Ehrlich Road and Summerwind Drive; 2 miles west of North Dale Mabry in Tampa, FL (Carrollwood).

Neighborhood
Country Place
Amenities
Child Care
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Categories
Child Care, Day Care Centers & Nurseries, Preschools & Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Youth Camps, Schools, Camps-Recreational, Recreation Centers
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Meraya P.

12/22/2017

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Our family is so thankful for Playtime Learning Academy. My son has attended Playtime over the last 2 years and the staff, teachers and assistance are amazing. Everyone that works there is highly skilled and passionate about caring for children. They always have great suggestions and solutions to the different stages and challenges we are facing. They are the definition of a true parent and teacher partnership.

Peter B.

04/13/2015

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Our Daughter has learned so much since attending this school. Teachers are smart and caring, the owners and director are wonderful! GREAT VPK program! A++ school!!

Yami H.

04/06/2015

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My son had previously attended (2) different schools and they were just not the right "fit" for him. AS soon as I walked in, I felt comfortable and knew that this was THE school for him. From day one, he has become a completely different child and has grown and flourished so much. The personalized attention that not only the administration but staff and teachers have given me and my children has been outstanding and I am forever grateful to all of them!

Lisa S.

04/02/2015

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Love this school.y daughter has learned not only to be kind and in touch with how to respond to her feelings through words but has blossomed as a student. I wish they went through grade 12. The kids learn through play and have fun doing it! They don't realize how much they are learning! I doing after care here next year when she starts kindergarten. The teachers and staff are top notch!

Amy P.

02/02/2015

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This is an excellent, safe, quality place for children! My son and I relocated to Tampa from up north 15 months ago and we have been coming here since then. He started out in VPK and is now in after care. My leasing office referred me to this center and they are just so amazing. I feel completely comfortable with leaving my son here as all of the teachers and assistants are great with children. The entire staff is genuine and my son loves it there. They also have date night which great for an evening off and Tracey the office assistant is such a compassionate and sweet woman too.

mahgulmom

10/16/2013

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Keep going with good changes.



When I dropped off my daughter this morning after 2 days of absence, It was very pleasant to see all the changes have done in the VPK class room. That is good if you guys change all the setting time by time to give a good ambiance to kids as well as to the parents. it was also looking very spacious. I really liked the changes.



Nice management, nice teaching staff and secure environment. My experience isn't bad at all. Keep going with the changes.

cristin.linton

10/14/2013

Overall

Quality Program, Caring Staff & Great Facility



Both my husband and I work full-time so we wanted to make sure we found a place we felt comfortable bringing our children to every day. We found what we were looking for at Playtime! From the moment we walked in, we loved the homey feel compared to the other centers we visited and for over 2 yrs now, we have enjoyed knowing our children are in safe, loving environment full of fun and lots of opportunities to grow and learn.



Our daughter started when she was 15 months and our son has been there since he was 5 months old. As a parent, it is a great feeling to see a big smile spread on their faces when their teachers greet them in the morning. My son adores Ms. Taina and gives her a big hug every time he sees her. My daughter has had so many wonderful teachers along the way as she has moved up through the different classes and is always excited to share what she has been learning. Ms. Taina, Ms. Tiffany, Ms. Tracey and Ms. Allie are just a few of the many wonderful individuals at the school.



The playgrounds are spectacular with lots of room, lots of shade and even a separate area for the smaller kids. We love that they get so much playtime outside and we love seeing all the diiferent types of activities they have planned for our children from the holiday themed events to the summertime water play! They also focus on important skills and present things like math and science in fun ways through books, crafts and small groups.



I highly recommend Playtime Learning Academy. We are so happy we made the choice to enroll our children there!

tripplem

10/11/2013

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Total Disappointment



we moved in Tampa from Coraopolis and enrolled my kid for VPK.... but the quality is pretty much lower...I select this school because it was on convenient distance from my home .... and apparently I found it good during my 1st visit.... but now the hands on experience is average...



the standard of teaching is pretty much low...I never saw Ms.Rita with a smiling face in morning.... she always remains the class door close un till 8:30 n parents have to wait outside in a queue which converts into a mess when they enter at the same time in a small room .... it also cause a mess in small parking lot bcoz everyone has to be stuck until the kid drop off / sign in ...... cubbies r dirty n place is small.... stairs, corridors and balconies r dirty ... they don't give homework daily.... in-fact my kid has very little things to share.... I feel like they discriminate the VPK students with their full-paid students....





security is good.... management is nice.... Ms. Suzzane is nice.... but some improvements are needed in syllabus and morning time organization.... door shud be open earlier...

milkmaid333

09/16/2013

Overall

This is a wonderful place....



My 1st daughter started going to Playtime when she was 18 months old, she is now 7 years old. My 2nd daughter also started when she was 18 months old and she is now 4 years old. Playtime is the only daycare that I have looked at or thought about sending my children to. My children love the teachers and so do I. My oldest was more than prepared to go to Kindergarten and has excelled in school. She also goes to the after school program, which she loves. I have no doubt that my 4 year old will be more than prepared for Kindergarten when she goes.



To address the gate issue...

I know that when I pick up my children from Playtime, they are so excited to tell me about their day, that they forget to think about their own safety. I have had many teachers warn me that my children were about to go into the parking lot and to run after them. There are also 2 gates to keep the children in, both with locks, and to keep people that do not need to come in out. I have never once thought that my children were unsafe while at Playtime. If I did think so, I know that I could go to the office and talk to Julie or Emily and express my feelings and concerns and know that they will listen and take the appropriate actions needed.



When my children leave the classroom with out me, I know that the teacher has opened the door and checked to make sure that they were with an adult that is on my safe list or with me. I have no concerns about my children leaving the classroom without a teacher knowing.



Overall, this is a great place for your child to grow and learn. The teachers all know my name and also my children's names. There are lots of hugs and high fives handed out for rewards and discipline when needed. I have the utmost faith and confidence in the teachers and owners and know that my children are well taken care of and will continue to thrive in this environment.

momatpeace

09/14/2013

Overall
best preschool ever

My daughter has grown up at Playtime as well as my friends children. This school is full of loving, caring teachers that I consider a part of my extended family. My daughter loves Playtime! Keep up the great work everyone!

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Thinking back thru all the years my daughter has attended Playtime, I can honestly say we were blessed to find this preschool. My daughter started going to Playtime at the age of 2. She is now in elementary school. This is her home away from home. Every teacher knows her name and mine. Many of the teachers were there when we started and will probably be there when we have to leave. They all greet us with a smile even in the early morning hours. Yes, 6AM is very early but these teachers have a smile! When my daughter is able to sleep in from time to time she begs to get up early so she can ride the Playtime bus to school.

When my daughter entered kindergarten, she was more than ready to begin. Quite frankly, she as well as other children in her K class from Playtime were bored. That was because Playtime did such an excellent job teaching her what she needed to know to begin school. The transition was smooth.

I have never seen a preschool this clean. The owners are active at the school on a daily basis and are always willing to answer any questions I might have. They are always trying their best to make Playtime better. They have created a play court, nature area and have added artificial turf these last few years.

I am nervous for the next year or two to come, my daughter will no longer be able to attend her home away from home.

kidsfirstabc123

05/31/2013

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My child does enjoy this school. At the beginning it was delightful to see the interaction of all the teachers with the kids. I have paid close attention to the enviroment that has surrounded my child. But I do have some concern on a few things that needs to be changed. I don't think a teacher should have the right to put there finger in a childs face barely touching there nose (not right) or if a child has done something wrong they shouldn't be walked away with the teacher holding there wrist high in the air when the child can barely touch the floor as if being dragged. On one occasion I walked in the main gate and a child walked out. Luckly the child listen and walked back in. The gates are left open for the child to escape to the main gate about 30% of the time. I'm not saying they do escape but they easily could. When I pick my child up, my child is able to walk right out without my help from the classroom to the gates being left open right outside to the maingate. On several occasions I have watched the teachers facing each other laughing "which I'm glad they do laugh" but they should direct themselves facing the kids, overlooking them all. I say this because I have walked in while they were doing this and walked out with my child. They didn't even see us leave nor did I sign out. But I do have to say the teachers are wonderful and very knowledgable. Except for maybe a few random hires that are at least gone now. With our kids being so young, there should be a stronger background check on who is watching our children at all pre-schools and schools. I say this because of the way I have seen some of the kids talked to and treated by a couple of teachers with there hand off to the side as if they were gong to spank. Don't ever let me see that when its not your child to lay a hand on. I have notice that those teachers are not there anymore, but they were which was bad enough to see. As someone has already wrote about being one of the cleanest pre-schools doesn't mean its clean. With some extra attention this school would be pretty clean but its not. I have noticed it going down hill. As I would still recommend this school only if it got better. So please fix it!! You could be the best pre-school if you just made thing right. If I see these things change, I will change what I have wrote.

Sincerely

KidsFirstabc123

jchaloupkarn

03/26/2013

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This is an amazing school. Professional and Dedicated Staff members work with your children to build a solid foundation for their future education. The staff members are dedicated to providing educational and fun atmosphere to promote learning to the highest degree. The administration is excellent at communicating with the parents and encourage parental involvement in all aspects of their children's education experience. I would highly recommend this school to anyone. Our family could not be happier than we are with our child's experience at Playtime Learning Academy.

sweetgalen

03/25/2013

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One of the cleanest, best run pre-schools in Tampa Bay! Both my son and daughter attended Playtime Learning Academy. They always let me know how both kids did each day. The teachers are wonderful and very knowledgable. This is a great learning environment for children!!

mjones5714

10/23/2007

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A+ Organization!

My daughter attends Playtime in the morning before school & then also for after school care. Playtime is top notch!

fishercee

10/05/2007

Overall
Fantastic!

Both of my girls love Playtime and so do we! The staff is very professional and well educated and it shows.

clciastko2

10/04/2007

Overall
Love it!

My daughter has attended Playtime for over a year now. She is so happy and loved there. They always let me know how she did each day. Her class has a structured curriculum (she is 18 months) with fun mixed in. She learns something new each day. You can tell the teachers really work with her.

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