I must say, as a "newer" parent, it's amazing to find people who you trust to take care of your kids.
It’s with a heavy heart, that my family will have to say goodbye to the teachers and staff at Minnieland in Gainesville as we are relocating to southern Virginia. Our 3 year old daughter is enrolled in the Preschool II class room. She has been enrolled since she was 9 weeks old. Dropping our child off for her first day of daycare was one of the hardest things we have experienced. However, as challenging as it was, and even though tears were shed, the staff made my husband and I feel comfortable leaving her. I know that tomorrow when we pick up our daughter from there for the last time, tears will be shed yet again because the teachers and staff have become our extended family. We are so satisfied with her care, that we have made the decision to enroll our daughter at the Minnieland in the Richmond area where we are relocating. I hope the teachers and staff at her new school can live up to the standards that the teachers and staff have set at the Minnieland in Gainesville. Every teacher there is excellent. However, we have had the opportunity to work closer with some teachers more than others. We want to extend a special thank you to the director Tina, her Preschool II teacher Ms. Nickie, and her previous teachers Ms. Ashleigh, Ms. Sabina, Ms. Mojdeh, and Ms. Brittany. Also, Ms. Helen who waves hello to her each morning, and Ms. Veronica who makes sure my baby is fed every day. I apologize if I am forgetting to mention someone but it’s obvious there are so many wonderful people at the Minnieland in Gainesville. Thank you to everyone at Minnieland who has cared for our daughter as their own. We couldn’t me more grateful for each and every one of you. Thank you!
Minnieland has always been very helpful with me and my son. I can remember when I first moved to Virginia I was late coming home from a meeting and there was an accident on the freeway. Of course being new to the area I had no idea how to get around it. Ms. Roxanne called me and stayed on the phone with me while she directed me through the back roads to get there. I of course was freaking out I have never been late to pick up my son and she was so calm and patient with me I will never forget it. I can honestly say that I feel comfortable sending my son here. He loves all the teachers and tells me that daily. Thanks Minnieland for all your help.
Love the Staff at Minnieland Academy at England Run. I have been using this center for 9 years and would happily recommend it to anyone looking for a place to send their kids. The staff is loving and seems just like a family. Some of the teachers have managed to have all 3 of my children. I felt that my kids came out of the JK/Prep program more than ready for Kindergarten. When they were babies they were well looked after and I always felt like the staff loved them like their own.
I cannot begin to express my love for the staff, program, and happiness that consumes us each and every day. As a former employee I was instilled with a very particular environment I wanted my child to be exposed to. Naturally, I was drawn back to this center. The moment my daughter was enrolled she was welcomed with so much love and positive energy. She amazes our family by the new things she learns each and every day with so much enthusiasm and excitement. This is what parents look for in an early learning center. Minnieland @ England Run is shaping my daughter into a well-rounded, confident, smart, and happy individual. The curriculum and encouragement from her teachers are preparing her for the future in a way that makes her want to learn. The positive energy and constant communication from the directors and her teachers makes me feel beyond comfortable and confident my daughter is in the best care. I couldn't ask for a better group of people or program for her. She truly is "learning in a loving environment".
It is said that more people tend to provide feedback or comments when the service is not up to par. I on the other hand have always believed that when amazing customer service or care is being provided that everyone should be aware of the service. It allows the person providing that service to realize that their efforts were appreciated and that they made the person on the receiving end feel good. I have been brining my four year old daughter to Minnieland Heathcote for three years and my 17 month old daughter since she was six weeks old. I have encountered such caring, intelligent, creative individuals at my Minnieland. They have nurtured my girls as if they were their own children. My girls are being intellectually challenged every day that they are there and are offered an array of activities to meet their developmental needs. A parents biggest fear is trusting someone to properly care for their child. Not once have I questioned my decision to have my girls at Minnieland Heathcote. They are safe, happy, well cared for, and intellectually stimulated every day. I had reservations when I had to bring my daughter at six weeks old. She was born almost two months early and was very fragile. I felt like a horrible mother for bringing her so soon. Diane Goolsby, the Director calmed my nerves (and wiped my tears), and was there for me through the turmoil I faced. She has been a great resource to me since I was a first time mom and always available if I ever had any questions. My daughter was officially diagnosed with Asthma and requires a nebulizer treatment when her Asthma acts up. Minnieland Heathcote will administer this medication for this potentially life threatening diagnosis. They allow me to continue to work without wondering every second of the day if my girls are okay. I am so honored to have met Diane and to be able to have my girls surrounded by such an amazing staff of teachers. They are all so kind and do an amazing job with my girls!!! I love Minnieland Heathcote!!! Thank you for putting my heart and mind at ease.
Our daughter started daycare at Skipwith Academy when she was 4 months old. She has been through both infant classrooms and is now in the toddler program. She adores coming to “school” every day. She is always so excited to see her teachers and friends, as well as visit with the staff at the front. We love getting her daily reports to see what she enjoyed doing each day, along with the paintings and crafts she has made. Whenever we’ve had questions or concerns, the director, has been extremely helpful and supportive. While its never easy dropping your little one off in someone else’s care, we go off to work knowing that she is in good hands with the staff at Skipwith.
My son started daycare when he was 3 months old. It is very hard to leave him every day to go to work but what makes it easier is the fact that we LOVE Minnieland! When I pick my son up in the evenings he is happy which makes me feel better because I know he is getting excellent care. The teachers & staff are very sweet and friendly. I like the fact that they fill out a daily report sheet and everything your child does is documented for the day. I also like how the teachers do finger painting with the infants and other fun stuff so the children are learning & being creative as well as playing. When your child goes to daycare as a parent you are putting your trust in others to make sure your child is safe & well taken care of and Minnieland does an excellent job of this!
I can say with full confidence that our daughter received the best care ever at Minnieland. I'm forever grateful to all of you for helping to educate her in so many ways and helping her form into the young lady she is becoming. You have all been instrumental in her growth on so many levels. You are more than teachers, you are more than educators, you are more than daycare providers and you are more than friends, you are, in every sense of the word, family. I feel so blessed to have been part of the Minnieland family for 11 years.
I have been above and beyond satisfied with the academy! I started my daughter at 2 ½ years old. She had a speech delay and was working with a speech therapist to get on track. After 2 ½ months at Minnieland, my daughter excelled! She could talk in full coherent sentences, knew her ABC’s, counting to 15 with help, and many songs. She was excited to go to school. I was impressed so much by the progress. Even though I no longer needed childcare services, I continued to keep my daughter at Minnieland. I did not consider it a daycare anymore, instead, a school. Her care providers are her teachers. Every day that my child has been left at the academy, her teacher would approach me with all the details of my child s day. I have been a stay at home mom up until using Minnieland. I enjoyed the feedback considering I would miss my daughter throughout the day. This attention and care of knowing my daughter always made me feel at peace that she was in good hands. In regards to her teachers, Ms. Sheresa and Ms. Umu have done a phenomenal job! As I have mentioned, my daughter has learned so much. She has grown exponentially in her motor and verbal skills. She has also been taught manners and has been continuing to learn other social skills. Ms. Sheresa has shown much interest in caring for my child and all the children. She is someone who isn’t just there for the job. I can see that she really loves what she does. I cannot think of a tougher job than chasing around a classroom of toddlers. I applaud both teachers for all their efforts. I hope that Ms. Sheresa and Ms. Umu are recognized for their amazing abilities. My daughter has since moved to another class with Mr. Derek. He has shown the same passions for teaching and caring for his students as the toddler teachers. I am looking forward to continued growth in my child as she enters into preschool aged. Ms. Bonnie has also been a wonderful help in any questions I have had. I have sometimes felt it is not appropriate to bother the teachers while they are trying to care for the children. I have turned my administrative questions to Ms. Bonnie. She has answered every question I have had about financial and classroom information on my daughter. I really appreciate her efforts as well!