pearlie said:Very interesting! They have also been having a lot of delayed openings and closures even when the public schools are open, which I find unacceptable.
pol100gk said:We have the opposite experience. Prompt reactions when alerted to a problem and very accommodating.
Shadeaux said:It's been a few years since we've been there but I remember looking over their calendar and being stressed out by the number of days they were scheduled to be closed.
minnow1 said:Have also heard numerous stories about frustrating encounters with management and unreasonable school closures when public schools/nearby daycares are open. Enough to choose other daycare options for our little ones.
pearlie said:Some parents have mentioned how much $ the school probably saves by closing/delaying for any random reason - they can avoid paying their hourly staff, heat, etc. I hate to imagine that they wouldn't pay their hardworking staff on a day like today, but I have to say that would be consistent with their seemingly greedy, penny pinching ways - charging for chaperones on field trips, every possible extra "enrichment" activity, and even village babies t-shirts. When I joined Planet Fitness for $99/year, I got a free T-shirt, but Village Babies charges for theirs even when parents are paying them thousands of dollars a month!
Hi - For those of you who left Village Babies for another daycare, can I ask which daycare you switched to? And are you happier there than you were at Village Babies? We're considering VB too and it would be helpful to hear about good alternatives.
We found the South Mountain YMCA was much more professionally run and better suited our needs. Feel free to PM me if you want to discuss further.
I think the the challenge with Village babies is largely due to 2 issues:
1--The owners are nurses. They have pediatric experience but they are NOT early childhood trained. This is a huge issue when it comes to understanding developmentally appropriate practices for young children and has the potential to negatively impact the development and implementation of center policies. There is an educational consultant around but she's just that a consultant. Not a consistent presence on site and I found her to have a fairly weak skill set.
2--Moving from taking care of children in one's home to running and staffing a center based facility requires a lot of skill and expertise. Recruitment, hiring, firing, budgeting, training, communication with families, understanding state regs, etc....all issues that make or break you...they are learning but it's a process.
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