Our first child started with School for Amazing Kids, Calera when she was 9 months old. I was a new mom and was not excited about leaving my child with strangers for 10 hours a day. In addition, my family is not religious, and I’m an atheist, so I was trying to find a secular daycare in my area was next to impossible. We looked at multiple facilities and ultimately settled on School for Amazing Kids, Calera.
While I’m not keen about the religious instruction (biblical stories and praying at meals), the facility is always clean and the teachers are well mannered, and trained in early childhood development. The facilities are kept up-to-date with new equipment and decor. The directors are always happy to listen to my latest worry or concern about my daughter, her behavior, or the latest news of the day. Parents are allowed to visit for meals and their adoption of a “parent’s night out” is a treat my husband and I look forward to each month.
My daughter is now 3 and the teachers understand when to introduce structured discipline. My husband and I have started using the same techniques at home so that my daughter can have consistency and a better understanding of what’s right and wrong. When my son recently joined our family, there was no question where he would go.
We have had incidents in the past of biting, falls, sickness, etc. and the staff were always prompt in notifying me and informing me of any additional needs they have. I am completely at ease with my kids being in their care and know that they love them as much as I do.
I would like to see more teachers in the classrooms, but they are following DHR guidelines for adult/child ratios. However, I understand what that would mean for tuition rates.
My daughter is well cared for, well mannered, well educated, and well socialized (as a 3 year old can be). And for that, I’m willing to put up with some minor annoyances about religion from time to time.
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