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Nicole

Emmaus, PA

#24 Apr 25, 2013
From the minute I walked into Kiddie Academy for the first time, it was like I instantly made new friends. 2 of my children are in after school care and my newborn will be attending in the coming months. Everyone is so friendly and staff really takes the time to know each child and family. The care is great and so is the attention to detail. I toured several other childcare centers in the area but kiddie academy was the only center to require disposable booties when walking into the infant room (do you know what's on the bottom of your shoes!?). I very highly recommend KA!
Nikki

Collegeville, PA

#27 Aug 5, 2013
Nicole wrote:
From the minute I walked into Kiddie Academy for the first time, it was like I instantly made new friends. 2 of my children are in after school care and my newborn will be attending in the coming months. Everyone is so friendly and staff really takes the time to know each child and family. The care is great and so is the attention to detail. I toured several other childcare centers in the area but kiddie academy was the only center to require disposable booties when walking into the infant room (do you know what's on the bottom of your shoes!?). I very highly recommend KA!
My child attended KA for a few weeks bc I thought I knew and trusted the teachers there. After multiple instances of bruises, scrapes and bite marks on my child I left the center. No one informed me my child had been injured or bitten. I get that my kid is a bruiser and gets injured easily. But, when another child is repeatedly bitting my child and no one is noticing it, I get a little unnerved.
P.S. those "disposable" booties they have sitting outside the door are used countless times, thus rendering them rather pointless in protecting your child from the disgustingness that lives on the bottom of your shoes. Especially since teachers forget to take them off and walk into the bathroom wearing them.
Roxanne

Collegeville, PA

#28 Aug 6, 2013
Nikki wrote:
<quoted text>My child attended KA for a few weeks bc I thought I knew and trusted the teachers there. After multiple instances of bruises, scrapes and bite marks on my child I left the center. No one informed me my child had been injured or bitten. I get that my kid is a bruiser and gets injured easily. But, when another child is repeatedly bitting my child and no one is noticing it, I get a little unnerved.
P.S. those "disposable" booties they have sitting outside the door are used countless times, thus rendering them rather pointless in protecting your child from the disgustingness that lives on the bottom of your shoes. Especially since teachers forget to take them off and walk into the bathroom wearing them.
I wish daycare centers realized how scared we are as parents to entrust them with our kids. They don't realize that everything single thing they do or don't do effects them. Not watching the kids when they should be, being careless, etc. Everyday my kid comes home with a bruise.
caring teacher

Pottstown, PA

#29 Nov 29, 2013
As a former KA teacher, I can tell you if I was a parent (which I am as well) I would not take my child there. I have been taking care of children for many years and was very disturbed by what I have seen at KA. The children are given processed food for lunch, there are numerous teachers texting on their phones, lots of gossip, and children being injured by children and belittled by teachers verbally and physically. Also sick policies and sanitizing procedures aren't up to par so children are constantly getting sick and it's not just because they're in day care. I'm very glad that I do not work there anymore and if you send your child there I would look further into the type of care they're offering your child. Please for the safety of your child look into what is happening while your child is in there care!
Happy Mom at KA of Colleg

Collegeville, PA

#30 Nov 30, 2013
caring teacher wrote:
As a former KA teacher, I can tell you if I was a parent (which I am as well) I would not take my child there. I have been taking care of children for many years and was very disturbed by what I have seen at KA. The children are given processed food for lunch, there are numerous teachers texting on their phones, lots of gossip, and children being injured by children and belittled by teachers verbally and physically. Also sick policies and sanitizing procedures aren't up to par so children are constantly getting sick and it's not just because they're in day care. I'm very glad that I do not work there anymore and if you send your child there I would look further into the type of care they're offering your child. Please for the safety of your child look into what is happening while your child is in there care!
If you are a "former" employee of KA, I'm sure your opinion is quite biased.
Kiddie Academy of Collegeville is one of the best run daycares in Montgomery County.
There is a monthly menu distributed to parents. They are well aware of what is being cooked for their children's lunch as well as what their daily snacks.
The teachers are degreed and certified. The 'staff' are not permitted to use their cell phones during the day and that can be observed on the video cameras which are set up in each room.
I have walked into that building hundreds of times, at different times of the day and in the six years my children have been enrolled there, I found one staff member who seemed to be a trouble maker. After a conference with the director, that woman was fired. And, from what I've heard is rather bitter about it.
The owner does not allow anyone to mistreat the children or put them in harms way. If there is a problem, she takes care of it immediately. You are not going to find a daycare where a child does not fight with another at some time. Children are human and have human emotions. KA helps "mold" those emotions and teaches manners, respect and morals.
As far as "sick policies and sanitizing procedures", I disagree with that also. I know for a fact that the infant room is sanitized EVERY night. The kitchen is spotless and cleaned every day. The bathrooms are also cleaned every day. The children must wash their hands after using the bathroom and before meals, etc. Rules are set in place and the employees abide by them.
KA of Collegeville has also not raised their fees in over 5 years. That is how much the director cares about the families.
I would highly recommend KA of Collegeville. Miss Jen, Miss Pat, Miss Gwen, Miss Sandy, etc., they are WONDERFUL.
caring teacher

Pottstown, PA

#31 Nov 30, 2013
Even though I worked for KA I am not biased as to what I have been exposed to. If my child attended the center, and knew what was going on I would be appalled. The children's safety is not of importance because if it were then the children who have injured other children numerous times would've been long gone by now, but still attended the center. Yes children will be children but when the behavior is continual and dangerous, something needs to be done! There have also been instances where teachers have been a bit rough with the children and they're still working there as well. If that's the type of care you want for your child then so be it, but parents need to be aware of what's going on before a child gets seriously hurt. I'm fully aware that a menu is posted outside the classrooms, but how many of the parents actually read what's posted? It should be handed out monthly so parents no about the horrible food being served, and if parents don't care then so be it. Also if the center was throughly sanitized the way it should be there wouldn't have been so many illnesses going around, ones that can be controlled by better sanitizing (pink eye, hand foot & mouth, etc.). Yes children get sick, but it should be controlled to maintain the illnesses are not being spread.

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