My children are no strangers to Montessori education and have grown up in the Montessori environment. I can say this school is truly the area's best kept secret. One would never know what is tucked away there! It is a small school, but certainly not small in learning and good care. The director, Nikki, is the very embodiment of Montessori. She is kind, passionate, energetic, and possesses all of the qualities that would make Maria Montessori proud. She is never without a smile, is humble, and always professional. You can't manufacture the joy she has in what she does. If we've ever had a question or issue, the staff has never once been defensive or unavailable. You could go to the school at any point in the day and note the cleanliness, safety, and comfortable atmosphere. The extra touches the school does and their drive to always improve is amazing...for instance, the sign in process is done via a personal pin that you are given upon start. You put in your pin upon arrival in an Ipad on the wall. Any person able to pick up your child has their own pin, and each parent is emailed the time and who dropped off and picked up the children. That is the most thorough and safe drop off and pick up process I've ever encountered anywhere. The teachers are all attentive, and kind. They attend to every detail. If my slobbering teething baby has a wet shirt from the drool, they immediately change the shirt and tell me about it at the end of the day. If something seems out of the ordinary, they are quick to tell me about it. My almost 3 year old daughter has been able to do gardening, she's learned about the parts of the body, she's learned about the solar system, and she was recently so excited to tell us about South America. She is excited to go to school, and excited to tell her about day (and sometimes hard to get to leave!). My baby does a variety of activities to encourage and inspire his curious mind. My daughter smiles ear to ear talking about her school. This learning environment is small, it is warm, and it's an excellent place of happiness and learning. They prepare children well, and encourage hand washing and encourage and hone independence in many ways (I can only say we've not had the experience another reviewer had...even my young baby washes hands upon arrival), they drink out of actual open cups, they learn how to be good citizens in a community. They allow children to make messes, but they don't just leave the mess on them. They teach and model kindness, and they have fun! These are all reasons why I choose Montessori, and you'll find this school executes the learning style well. I couldn't be more pleased with how my children are cared for. Ms. Nikki is truly a gem, and her school is sincerely a jewel in Donelson as well. No need to take my word for it...visit and you will see.
11/27/2013Barrington Christian Academy
My only child attends this daycare. As an overly protective mother, I wouldn't just place my baby in the care of any typical childcare center. After touring the facility and speaking with the director, I realized this place would be a great fit for me. Now my niece has placed her only child at this center as well as one of my business colleagues. Each of us are highly educated working professionals with graduate degrees who truly care about who is watching our babies. It's unfortunate that some people who have made negative comments on here are so ignorant and prejudice that it weakens their mindset and opinions about other ethnic groups and/or religions. Being a Christian myself, I know that God accepts all people! And as long as the workers who care for my child are decent human beings I could care less what their religious preferences are. I learned a long time ago that some people in this world are so religious that they are no earthly good. You people spread hatred and practice discrimination all the while hiding behind your religious belief. I'm personally happy that people like you withdraw your children from great places like this because parents like me don't want your children, who you influence to practice discrimination, around my child spreading that garbage.As far as bringing up concerns, maybe if what you brought to their attention was a valid concern it would have been handled differently. I have raised an issue or two since my child has been in attendance there and have never experienced any sort of retaliation. They are very receptive to ideas and suggestions that would benefit the children.I was compelled to post something after reading a couple of the negative posts because what you say about BCA simply isn't true. So if you are a concerned parent reading any of these negative comments I stress to you to tour the facility and judge it for yourself. I am a real consumer with a child and a nephew at this facility. No one has asked me nor paid me to give this facility a good rating. If it was ran poorly I would be the first to let the world know via the internet.
11/11/2013Barrington Christian Academy
I've experienced the baby room up through mid-toddlers. *note: this is not my first child, so some of my positives may sound removed but you'll come to appreciate them.Positives: honest, flexible, really try not to call me at work unless something is majorly wrong, I don't have to pack food (when they're on to table food), they have accepted suggestions we've made, reasonably priced, and they seem to age the children appropriately into rooms based on interest level and age, which not all places do.. I have experienced the awkwardness when I've had to approach about an issue here or there, but they are new and probably still on the defensive. As long as they don't take it out on my kid-awkward it up for a few days. I'd say that comes from young teachers thinking I'm mad at them or something. No difference towards my child. They have several children all day and several different parenting styles to contend with. I think that they are doing their best to love our kids when we're not there. I have overheard parents make unrealistic requests as I'm picking up my kiddo, and although there have been small things I disagree with, but he's cared for and he's happy. Daycare is not a personalized babysitter, this is a center and they have to run this way for a reason. They've been flexible with us in ways I would not expect a center to be flexible, so what more can you ask for? The requests I've made have been honored, and if I'm feeling annoyed, I have taken a step back to ask myself if it's me feeling guilty about leaving him at daycare all day. Gripes: I wish they got to go outside more, the rooms are a little small, but my kiddo is well taken care of and happy when I pick him up. More positives than negatives for me with my little guy, and we've experienced quite a few daycare situations with my other children.