My son is almost 22-months old, and has been attending The Young School since he was 3-months old. He’s never spent time in another daycare, so my experiences with other facilities is limited to conversations with friends. Overall, I am incredibly pleased with TYS. Pros:•Every teacher who has cared for my son has been very loving, caring and nurturing.•The RIE philosophy - to a first time parent visiting TYS I thought some of their practices sounded odd, and I had my doubts about whether it would be a good environment for my child (no high chairs, no sippy cups, etc.) I couldn’t have been more wrong. The RIE philosophy has helped my son be very self-sufficient, and has shown me that my son is capable of a lot more than I had originally expected. Other parents and family members comment all the time about his ability to drink from a cup and sit at the table for meals from such a young age.•The teachers keep the children engaged through a lot of hands-on activities.•The focus on learning through play and exploration has been a wonderful way for my child to develop.•The size and cottage structure of the school has created an environment that allowed my son to form a close bond with his primary teachers, while giving him exposure to others. Almost every teacher in the school knows my son by name.•Wonderful outdoor space! Playgrounds, fields, bike paths… I can’t say enough positive things about the outdoor space. We toured five other daycare facilities in the Columbia area and none had outdoor space that compared to TYS.•Children stay with the same class and teachers for the first two years. Cons:•I’ve heard of other schools where technology is used more effectively when communicating with parents: electronic check-in/check-out procedures, electronic access to child’s daily information/activity sheets. TYS currently does this via paper.•Teacher staffing can be an issue - I’ve heard of teachers being denied sick leave or vacation leave because they were short-staffed. This is rare, but I think they could improve by having on-call, back-up teachers available to cover.Overall, I would rate TYS with 5 out of 5 stars. My son is thriving and absolutely LOVES to go school in the morning.
I find The Young School to be perfect for my little girl! They were able to train my daughter to use utensils and drinking from a cup (no sippy cups required!). They let us know when things need to be changed to accommodate her new skills or independence. The school plans for activities for all the kids to enjoy. For example, they have water play for all ages (other than infants), circle/ story time, playing with instruments, etc. I cannot wait to have her join the toddler / pre-K program where they have so many classes where she can explore, learn, and have fun!
We love the Young School, both of our kids go to the King's Contrivance location. We like the educational programs during the academic year, the feedback they provide on our kids' progress, and the freedom to play and have fun independently throughout the day. It's really a step above "daycare" facilities and it truly is a "school." One thing we didn't expect was how they've given our kids structure in the day, from scheduled naps (which are crucial!) to coping mechanisms when things don't go their way, it's been fantastic.