Edu-care Preschool & Daycare
Newark, DE 19711
About This School
In 2010, Edu-care Preschool & Daycare had 8 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Delaware average is 14 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Edu-care Preschool & Daycare Reviews
I have been so pleased with the care my children have received. I had a 4 year old and an infant. My 4 year old did not want to leave the center when I picked her up and my infant practically jumped into the arms of his teacher when I dropped off. I have seen both children grow so much (my 4 year old having been there since an infant). The programs offered are exeptional and the teachers went above and beyond their duties to form relationships with both our children and my husband and I. We felt like part of a family. We had to relocate because of my husband's job and have yet to find a place that we like as much. I would highly recomend Edu-Care to any parent.
My kids have been at this place for almost 1 year and I must say that I'm extremely unhappy and would not recommend this place to anyone. I have a child in the infant room and one in the 3 year old room. The infant room teachers (all of them) are completely incompetent. They do the bare minimum and absolutely NOTHING beyond that. They lure you in with promises of child sense stimulation, sign language classes, etc., but let me say it is NOT true. It is JUST babysitting and a poor job at that too. What I mean is, the baby will be fed and diaper changed (and I'm being lenient when I say that). In several occasions I have arrived to pick my son up and have found him with dried up snot all over his face and near his eyes, wet t-shirt to his chest (from baby drool) and the teacherS sitting in on the rocking chairs or simply leaning by the sink talking away. Not a single one of the several teachers that pas through the room throughout the day thought of changing his top, putting a bib on him or cleaning his nose.. ALL DAY LONG.. despite the many, many times I have addressed this issues with the teachers and the center director. This things should not have to be an issue as it is exactly what they are getting paid for. This has been a year long battle and I have decided to look for another daycare. I thought about changing before but I kept on hoping that maybe all issues would be resolved after talking with the director and the teachers, since they always agreed with me... or pretended to, anyway. It is hard for kids to change daycares since stability is an important factor at such young age, and that is perhaps the reason I kept waiting for them to change and actually do the job they promised when I enrolled my children, but I must say that 1 year is about as long as I am willing to put up with all the incompetence and unprofessionalism of the staff at this place.
With my 2 (now 3) year old, I actually liked the head teacher for her class. Any issues that arose we were able to discuss with her and we actually saw the change that she performed with positive results. However, cleanliness was at the beginning an issue as well, which really baffles me as you would think that it is a given in a place that cares for children. As an example: I had to specifically request that they cleaned my daughter's nose with some regularity as to maintain her face free of snot since in several occasions I picked her up with dried up green snot all over her little face. Runny noses are, unfortunately, a common occurrence in daycare during the winter months especially. This is basic care, parents should not be having to make this requests. Sigh... Another issue within the school is that after shift change, around 3 or 3:30pm whatever happened in the morning is as if it had never happened. It does NOT get communicated. EVERY time when I asked about my kid's day, the person in the room would say: "i don't know, I just got here at 3pm..." You would think there should be a report between teachers or that they would write it up on the daily report sheets, but they don't. Parents, I'm sure you get the implications of this problem, imagine your child sick and the person caring for them not being able to tell you ANYTHING about your child's day. Last winter I came to pick up my 4-5 month son who was in a swing (at full blast- I guess so he wouldn't cry) again face covered in dried up snot, and with 103F fever. As soon as I picked him up I felt how warm he was. NO ONE had noticed... so it is a guess how long he had been on that swing... Anyway, I could go on, but I believe this should be a fair warning for those of you thinking about enrolling your kids in Edu-Care.