Raleigh >The Goddard School
10550 Little Brier Creek Lane, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2761735.91606 -78.79093
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My daughter has attended the Goddard School's in both Apex and Brier Creek (owned by the same couple) since we moved to NC over two years ago. All of the teachers and staff are professional and kind. The organized program is perfect for preschool age children and my daughter has enjoyed all of her "jobs" at school. When we moved to Raleigh and switched to the Brier Creek location it was not close to our home. We have enjoyed the experience so much that we were happy to make the longer drive to keep our daughter enrolled in a great program. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for an experience where your child will love going to school.
My child has been enrolled in the Goddard School for a little over a year and a half and we love the staff, philosophy, and environment! The facility is warm, welcoming and always clean. The classrooms are clean and have pictures of the children, their families, and their art work hanging on the walls. The playgrounds are age appropriate and have lots of open space for running round. The office staff is friendly, courteous, and professional. We have absolutely loved ALL the teachers our child has had. Each day the teachers present a daily sheet with all the things our child participated in during the day and also provide added notes regarding how his day was. The teachers are never to busy to discuss our child’s day and seem to truly care about each one of the children. The school provides extras such as gym class, Spanish class, and music class which our son really enjoys, as well as, parents’ night out and ice cream socials. Our son has truly learned a lot during his time at the Goddard school. The only negative….he has so much fun that he never wants to leave at the end of the day.
Breeding Ground for Bullying – I've never posted a review online. But today for the sake of my child and his peers that fact is changing in hopes that no one else's child should fall victim to bullying the way that mine has. I enrolled my son in August 2010 and I was pleased until what should have been the #1 issue…SAFETY…took a backseat to policy, protocol, and poor judgement. I was called to come and get my son and to be prepared to a doctor immediately because he had bitten his tongue. Upon arriving at the school I learned that it was not an accident but an incident that another child caused. When I asked if it had taken place due to a conflict the director described it as "normal 2 year old behavior"- later found out it was the furthest thing from "normal" My son's well being was the first issue & I would deal with other circumstances later. My son had been hit with such force that he nearly severed the tip of his tongue off completely. Through his discomfort he shared with me the name of the child who did it. This is a child who on one occasion bit 6 out of 9 peers in one day!!! A few days later he attacked the 7th victim, a little girl had a large blue bite mark that covered the majority of her face for over a week. When he decided to attack my son (who at the age of 2 can sense this child's instability and knows to keep his distance which was how he was one out of 2 that did not get bitten) he jumped over another child to pounce on top of mine to push him to the ground. My son never saw it coming. He sitting in circle time. no time to move. no warning to brace himself for a 30 pound impact so strong that caused him to bite through his tongue. After attacking my son he moved on to another child who also hit his head and needed an ice pack afterwards. And after 7 kids getting bitten (6 in one day), My son nearly biting through his tongue, and another toddler experiencing a blow to the head which happens to house a brain that is still developing like the rest of the 2 year olds THE BULLY REMAINS ENROLLED. I understand that in certain businesses there is protocol but when protocol and cloudy judgement allow other children to remain endangered then its time for the community to be informed that the tolerance level for misbehaving is hazardously high. the school continues to allow this child to be disruptive and make the environment for learning unsafe and less than conducive. The commitment to trying to help the child comes at the expense of other babies' well being. It is my belief that as long as there is a high tolerance for such behavior not only are the children at risk, they're development could potentially be effected. These children are already going into "bully protection" mode. Some are taking on the behavior while others' self-esteem and sense of security is effecting their spirits. When the entire body is being attacked the only thing to do is to CUT OUT THE CANCER! The policy at this institution is to love the cancer, give it a shadow/extra teacher so that our tuition dollars can go to rehabilitation of a 2 1/2 year old criminal in the making instead of to our own children. They send specialists to the cancer. And until the cancer decided its wants to yield, the rest of us just have to deal and pray that it doesn't choose to zero in our children on that given day.Today I walked. My child is out of harm's way but it pains me to think there are other's who are not. And it is for that reason that I am choosing not to go quietly. It is my obligation as a mother to fellow parents to keep you informed of such mishaps that could potentially be very harmful to your children. Consider this post a member of "the village" that is helping to look after your children sounding the warning alarm. The teachers are GREAT. But I dare NOT put my child in the middle of a structure where the foundation is shaky. There needs to be strong reconsideration of how things are done at the top.
Change of heart – Experience did not start off positive but have since changed my view.
Fantastic daycare (puzzled by some of the negative reviews) – We just had to leave the Brier Creek Goddard School due to a move. It's been stressful trying to find another facility on par with what we've left. It's strange to read some of the negative reviews on here, as we've had nothing but a positive experience from 7 weeks through 2 years for my son. The teachers in each of the four rooms that he's aged through have been fantastic with little-no turnover (there was a little in the first few months of his stay in the infant room due to a teacher moving out of town, but I think that's been it--for two years). I think people need to keep in mind that daycare is pretty high turnover by default, but the fact that most of the teachers here have been here the whole time we attended speaks to how they are treated/paid, how well the facility is run/supplied, etc. I love that they recently added an addition to the school to provide an indoor gym (key when it's so hot out and also during the winter) with a teacher lounge above and another classroom. The facility itself is also spacious (halls are wide, etc.)--even as compared to other Goddard schools.
Pretty much everyone is friendly and knows the names of kids and there is a lot of interaction between teachers and parents (which is important when you've been away from them all day and want to have an idea of how they're doing and/or need to give them special instructions in the morning, etc). They are very flexible (within licensing requirements, etc.)--for instance, if your child seems to be developing faster (or slower) they will try to work with you to transition him/her to a new classroom sooner than later (if possible). Also, teachers are involved in the "lessons" and I really felt like my child, even at a young age, was getting more than just childcare--felt more like pre-pre-school.
You do have to pack your own lunch, but to be honest, when I see what the "lunch included" schools offer, I'm really glad I've gotten to feed my child what I want him to eat. They do get plenty of snacks and sometimes even edible art projects, included w/ the price of tuition.
Which brings me to the only real con--it is expensive. The saying "you get what you pay for" is not always true. In this situation I believe it is. I think that the expansion of the gym is a HUGE benefit to all the kids and something most daycares don't have, as it's expensive and not a direct revenue-producing space (i.e. it's not a classroom with paying occupants). There are tons of weekly visitors/outside teachers/etc. that come that are included in tuition. During the summer, the ice cream truck occasionally comes by for an afternoon treat. Little things like that enrich a kid's experience but aren't free. It brought my husband and I peace of mind that although we made a small sacrifice (to pay more than we could have somewhere else), we never had to question if there would be enough art supplies, plentiful books in good condition, new toys, etc. (and its not THAT much more expensive than other 5 star schools, especially when you find that many of them charge extra for outside teachers--yoga/Spanish/gym/etc.).
[I rarely write reviews, especially if I have to make an account to do so--I felt compelled to open a Citysearch account to comment here because chosing a daycare is such a hard and stressful process and hopefully my candid and honest sharing of experience/opinions can help someone else make the best decision for their family.]
Great place to take your kids. – I have had my son there for over two years and they have done a wonderful job. My son was falling developmentally behind at home due to instability in the home caused by my late wife who had dementia and eventually passed on. As soon as her folks took her in and I could focus on him and create a more stable home environment he made a huge come back and is excelling now. I owe this mainly to Goddard as I am a working full time widower now and my son is in school from 7:45 - 5:15 every day.
Their programs are very strong, educational and appear to be a lot of fun for the kids. The teachers are very good, kind and really care about the teachers. Due to my sons (and my) struggle I became pretty close to the teachers and staff. They provided excellent feedback when I ever ask how my son is doing.
In the first year he was in the school I did notice a bit of turn over but was not too concerned as it was a brand new school and I figured it was a combination of getting the right staff, and the owners/management trying to figure out what works best as they were trying to build a team.
I highly recommend this school and am a big fan of the Goddard School system overall.
One of the best centers in Brier Creek Area – I will be up front, I am a former employee of this center, and having worked in early childhood education on and off since 1996, working in all kinds of centers, this was the most pleasant to work. Yes, I will admit, that I have to agree with certain aspects of all of the previous reviews. The owners and director were always very nice and accomodating to me, being that I was also employed by another company and had many schedule changes with that position, as well as accomodating my graduate school schedule. Every other center I have worked at for some length of time in the past I always had something to complain about when I left, usually it was the way the management treated the staff. This center, I left with no real complaints. I actually never officially left, I took time off for school, but made my own choice to go elsewhere for a different type of position once my education was complete.
The aspects I agree with on the positive notes are that the teachers really do care about the children and the parents and will do everything they can for those children. The parents who take an active role in the activities of the classroom are usually the ones that have the best experiences. Yet, on the negative aspects, in the year I was there I went from the bottom of the seniority pole to about number 6, so I saw many teachers come and go. All for various reasons, many did say it was due to management, but I can only speak on how I was treated.
For the curriculum, it is very in depth and although it may not look as though the children are doing alot but "playing" that is actually how children learn at this developmental stage in their life.
If you are able to afford the cost of this center, it offers not only Spanish, and Sign Languages, but also Yoga, Base Fitness, Writing Without Tears, and many other specialized programs that your child can benefit from.
Honest Feedback From Parents Please – It's sad to see some of these reviews. As a parent at the school and someone very pleased, I thought the review system was supposed to help other families make educated decisions about the programs. It is apparent to me that some of these "posters of reviews" are perhpas disgruntled teachers that have been let go and are presenting themsleves as "make-believe" parents.
I hope that other parents come to The Goddard School and see for themselves. They will soon know why Goddard, Triangle-Wide has been given the "Standing Ovation" award according to METRO Magazine and the state has graded it 5 Stars and with the higest score possibly allowed. Honest opinions and reviews will only help this school, or any school for that matter, but those that are fabricated to cause harm, is simply a representation of this individual.
Wonderful Preschool – My child has been at this school since they opened 2 years ago and we could not be happier. The Owner, Director and Assisant Director are always friendly and will work on any concern we have immediately. The teachers we have had seem to really enjoy their jobs and are very friendly. We are greeted as soon as we come into the class and all of the teachers my child has had has made morning transitions much easier for us. Curriculum is also great. My child has learned so much over the past 2 years and I have Goddard to thank for that. My child would use sign language before she could use words and then my child comes home now talking about the many things she did at school that day.
Register at your own risk – The Goddard School in Briar Creek might be a popular school but you do not always get what you are paying for. They are one of if not the highest paying school in the area but high priced does not always mean quality. They are over worked and underpaid. If you take a tour they will paint a picture that things are great in the school. If you ask about teacher turnover they will tell you that teachers coming and going is normal but as a former parent of this school I have not seen so many teachers walk out the door as well as parents anywhere else. A lot of empty promises are made and not followed up on.
The Director and Assistant Director are lazy, lack pose, class, and personality. The Assistant Director does not seem to know an answer to anything so don?t ask her questions. The Director seems to only cater to some and she is extremely inconsistent. I rarely got greeted at the door but when I did it was not by the Director, Assistant Director, or even the Owner, but teachers. These teachers would greet me and my child and sometimes walk with us to our classroom which helped my child to get comfortable with me leaving. The teachers are the only positive aspect of the school. They have lost a lot of great teachers but have gained even better ones. There are few teachers that have been there from early on and the numbers get smaller and smaller. This says a lot to me as a parent because I want my child to be in a place where the teachers never want to leave. Teachers do not seem happy at all. A clear sign there is trouble is when teachers openly talk about looking for a new job disregarding that there is a parent is in the room.
I made the decision to pull my child out of the school because at some point enough has got to be enough. You can check them out for yourself but do so at your own risk and keep in mind things are not always what they advertise.
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