|Address:||131 Keybridge Dr, Morrisville, NC 27560, USA|
I recommend this facility. I have a three year old who goes here and hes pretty vocal about ... everything. Each day I ask him how his day went and he seems to enjoy it just fine, telling me stories about playing with cars or blocks. Some days he throws tantrums, going there, trying to leave, or picking him up. Since he spends 8+ hours here, almost daily, I want to know how he feels about it. Trying to find out just what my kid does during those eight hours is hard. There is a handout which gives a listing for what happens hour-by-hour, but I want to watch it happen, so I hang out in the classroom when I get a chance, and observe. Its pretty chaotic, but safe. I havent observed anything like spitting or biting, but Ive received emails about it with next-steps. The management take these things seriously. Everything was going great, but Im always trying to optimize; I tried the in-house Montessori school. My kid wasnt into it and the administration was accommodating moving my kid from class to class. We had a scuffle with the lead Montessori teacher, ... she is passionate about The Method with a decade plus of teaching it, but the administration handled that just fine. Her classroom is exceptionally well ordered and a lot of parents really dig it, but my kid is a vine without a need of a trellis. The Montessori room is very well stocked with educational toys and eerily quiet when the kids are "working". They take hand washing super serious. The preschool class my kid is in has a variety of toys, most working, some broken, and a variety of stations to keep the kids occupied. A multitude of blocks, puzzles, dolls, indoor sandbox, magnets, a computer (not great, but not terrible for 3-year-olds) and teacher led games. All the classrooms seem to be double-staffed and both of the teachers watching over my kid seem well-adjusted. One day I played CandyLand with the kids, it was super chaotic, but we made it through most of a game From a management perspective, there seems to be frequent turnover. I have no idea what the industry average is or if this is abnormal. It hasnt affected the care my kid receives. The management structure is transparent with lots of communication. Recently a pipe burst, but they had a company cleaning it up the same day. From a technology perspective, there is a biometric hand-print reader to get in and a digital attendance system. They have an annoying way of attaching the important information to the emails in a propriety format instead of including it in the email. These are little things that I wouldnt detract points for, since they are window dressing. To show you the teachers are actually paying attention to your individual child, each day at the end of the day, they fill out a half-sheet of paper with some highlights. "Your kid enjoyed playing in the sandbox" "He ate this much food". Im not sure what is required but these are a nice touch. You also get the occasional art piece. Very occasionally, I get emails with a picture of my kid having a good day. Lovely. On the topic of unnecessary things, this place does little things that arent necessary, but add a nice zest to their offering. My kid is enrolled in Dance class. There is an outside vendor, that comes in, and for a fee, once a week, will attempt to teach my kid to dance. We also tried the Tumble class (which taught him to jump), and the Soccer class. They also do free hygiene tasks like vision screenings and hearing screenings. Culturally Ive seen book fairs, Easter themes, and Thanksgiving themes. They have activities so parents can meet each other and occasionally offer a date night where they will watch the kid for a few extra hours for a small fee. I wish it was cheaper, but their price seems fair for the area. I wish they offered in-room video streaming so I could watch my kid from work.
This daycare facility has really gone downhill. When I first started taking my son here 3.5 years ago everything was great, however there are some very sketchy and concerning things that go on here now. First off, most of the teachers do not get there when they open so a ton of kids end up just sitting behind the front desk playing with the "toy box" since there are no teachers in any classrooms for them to go in. My son would come home all of the time telling me the teachers are always yelling at him and Ive personally witnessed this several times from at lest 2 teachers - rude tone, unprofessional and screaming at the kids. I walked in one time to my son sitting in time out outside, when they claim they do not use time out as a punishment. By state law kids are only allowed to be in time out for the number of minutes that correspond to their age (i.e. 4 years old would be 4 min max). My son and his teacher both told me he was sitting in time out since they got outside - way more than 4 minutes. My son has also come home saying hes starving because he dropped his lunch on the floor by accident and they told him there was no food left and he couldnt have anything else. Please keep in mind these are only a few incidents of MANY! When we brought our concerns up to the director (Annie) and the assistant director (Nicole) nothing was done. No follow up, nothing. I finally ended up looking into other schools and when I told the director I was moving him to another daycare facility all she had to say was "well we require 2 weeks notice". I called corporate and the regional director and they couldnt believe all of this was going on - of course they waived the 2 weeks notice that the director was so worried about but still, this was unacceptable! Also, from first hand experience they incent parents at this school to give good ratings through contests, so dont believe all of the good ratings you read here! Since moving to a new school my son is thriving, comes home much happier and is learning much more! Stay away from this place!
About a year & a half ago my wife and I decided to switch our childs daycare. At only about 20 months old we were still nervous about where we were leaving our infant. Luckily we made the perfect choice! We could not be happier with Rainbow CC of Morrisville. We feel like all the staff really treat the children as if it is their home away from home, especially Ms. Annie, the director and Ms. Nicole, the assistant director. They give hugs hello and goodbye, and are always smiling. All of the teachers know the children by names, not only within their own classroom but throughout the school. When we pick up our child, everyone gives a friendly "goodbye" even if they are new faces to us. It really builds a sense of community. There is a good child to teacher ratio at Rainbow CC. I think they also have a good sense of when a child is developmentally ready to move up to the next level class room, so that no child feels out of place or overwhelmed with kids capable of doing much less or much more than themselves. The kids are always participating in arts and crafts and different fun events. Rainbow CC always host activities to try and involve the parents as well, in events going on at the school, like a St. Patricks day parade, egg hunt, school spirit weeks, lunch dates, etc. There are always opportunities to watch your child in action and interacting with classmates. They keep an open communication with parents as well through emails, always notifying us of events, school changes, illness in the classroom, and other helpful reminders. I know my child learns a lot at school and is excelling every day. We feel comfortable at drop off, knowing the school is clean, safe and that there are eyes of caring people watching out all day. We love Rainbow CC and would highly recommend it!