Great Beginnings

★★★☆☆
  • 501 Brookline Blvd

    Havertown, PA 19083

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  • 610-449-0590

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My boys have been going here since they were babies and my oldest is now sadly (although excitedly) moving on to kindergarten. He considers the kids he goes to "school" with to be his best friends. I've read the negative reviews below and heard some of that stuff from other parents, but I think it's really, really uncalled for. However, at one point, my wife bought into the idea that this was just a day care and not really a preschool so we booked him for Manoa Presbyterian as well (2 days at each). I quickly realized that he was learning just as much if not more at Great Beginnings. It was only the religious stuff and maybe some discipline that Manoa was providing. Letters, numbers, writing, etc. came from Great Beginnings. I will proudly keep sending my younger son here until he too reaches school age.

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★★★★☆

My boys have been going here since they were babies and my oldest is now sadly (although excitedly) moving on to kindergarten. He considers the kids he goes to "school" with to be his best friends. I've read the negative reviews below and heard some of that stuff from other parents, but I think it's really, really uncalled for. However, at one point, my wife bought into the idea that this was just a day care and not really a preschool so we booked him for Manoa Presbyterian as well (2 days at each). I quickly realized that he was learning just as much if not more at Great Beginnings. It was only the religious stuff and maybe some discipline that Manoa was providing. Letters, numbers, writing, etc. came from Great Beginnings. I will proudly keep sending my younger son here until he too reaches school age.

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My family had a bad experience with this daycare. Teachers are "nice" enough but understaffed. Lack of supervision is a real problem. Unhelpful, unprofessional administration. I would not recommend this daycare.

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★☆☆☆☆

My family had a bad experience with this daycare. Teachers are "nice" enough but understaffed. Lack of supervision is a real problem. Unhelpful, unprofessional administration. I would not recommend this daycare.

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I love this daycare. I have 2 children in this daycare and I have been here since my first was 6 months old. The teachers are fabulous. They are like family to us. My children are so excited to go to school. Every room has been wonderful. I was not thrilled at the idea of putting my kids in daycare but I now am an advocate because of my experiences. The daycare is not glamorous but it is clean and focuses on the kids having fun and learning. A lot of the teachers have been around for years which is not the norm at most daycares. I would highly recommend this facility as would many other parents I speak with. This daycare always has a long wait list which I think also speaks to the teachers and overall facility.

5
★★★★★

I love this daycare. I have 2 children in this daycare and I have been here since my first was 6 months old. The teachers are fabulous. They are like family to us. My children are so excited to go to school. Every room has been wonderful. I was not thrilled at the idea of putting my kids in daycare but I now am an advocate because of my experiences. The daycare is not glamorous but it is clean and focuses on the kids having fun and learning. A lot of the teachers have been around for years which is not the norm at most daycares. I would highly recommend this facility as would many other parents I speak with. This daycare always has a long wait list which I think also speaks to the teachers and overall facility.

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I love reading these quotes, I neither work here nor have a vested financial interest in this Day Care, but I am so sick and tired of reading negative reviews from women who haven't worked a day in their life.

In fact they defecate on the care their children receive here, yet have no problem with dropping them off when they want to go to the gym, have a day off, have a lunch date with other women, and other things that are just generally, LAZY!

Here's the deal (I've had 2 kids go through here), kids want to come here, period. Don't listen to women who don't have a job and dump the only one they have on strangers.

And to the person who said the place doesn't disinfect or clean toys...you must think were all stupid...how would you know? Hidden agenda perhaps.

5
★★★★★

I love reading these quotes, I neither work here nor have a vested financial interest in this Day Care, but I am so sick and tired of reading negative reviews from women who haven't worked a day in their life.

In fact they defecate on the care their children receive here, yet have no problem with dropping them off when they want to go to the gym, have a day off, have a lunch date with other women, and other things that are just generally, LAZY!

Here's the deal (I've had 2 kids go through here), kids want to come here, period. Don't listen to women who don't have a job and dump the only one they have on strangers.

And to the person who said the place doesn't disinfect or clean toys...you must think were all stupid...how would you know? Hidden agenda perhaps.

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My child has attended Great Beginnings for over a year now and she loves leaving in the morning to start another day. It's true that its not the most glamorous looking place, but with the wear and tear that the younger children give it who can complain about that. As I said before, my daughter loves it there. Even on days that I don't have work she'd would rather come to school to see her "friends" at Great Beginnings. It kinda makes me feel bad that she would rather be there, but it assures me that she being well taken care of well. She always makes the cutest crafts and says that they are for me, so that keeps my jealousy at bay.

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★★★★☆

My child has attended Great Beginnings for over a year now and she loves leaving in the morning to start another day. It's true that its not the most glamorous looking place, but with the wear and tear that the younger children give it who can complain about that. As I said before, my daughter loves it there. Even on days that I don't have work she'd would rather come to school to see her "friends" at Great Beginnings. It kinda makes me feel bad that she would rather be there, but it assures me that she being well taken care of well. She always makes the cutest crafts and says that they are for me, so that keeps my jealousy at bay.

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I'm surprised to read the negative reviews. My son went to through the nursery and is in the toddler room now. We've always been happy with the care he gets. My husband and I have stopped by at random times and found the staff happy and playing with the children. I was VERY nervous about sending my son to daycare at all, I considered leaving my job, and my concerns were really alleviated. The women in the nursery were just as kind to me about being nervous as they were to my baby. I agree with the parent who said that the occasional mishap can't be prevented, but everything we've experienced was really minor. We feel very fortunate :)

4
★★★★☆

I'm surprised to read the negative reviews. My son went to through the nursery and is in the toddler room now. We've always been happy with the care he gets. My husband and I have stopped by at random times and found the staff happy and playing with the children. I was VERY nervous about sending my son to daycare at all, I considered leaving my job, and my concerns were really alleviated. The women in the nursery were just as kind to me about being nervous as they were to my baby. I agree with the parent who said that the occasional mishap can't be prevented, but everything we've experienced was really minor. We feel very fortunate :)

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I have had my child at this daycare for almost 3 years now and I couldn't be happier. My child wants to go to "school" everyday. He loves his friends and his teachers. I have real piece of mind that he is well cared for. I can't say that I haven't had any concerns here or there but lets be realistic things being misplaced, a bump on the head a scratch is going to happen anywhere. There are quite a few teachers who have been at Great Beginnings for quite a while. Let's cut the teachers a little bit of slack it's not an easy job to deal with all these kids day in and day out. They are all caring and in my opinion love these kids and would never do anything to put any of them in harms way.Great job and keep up the good work!

4
★★★★☆

I have had my child at this daycare for almost 3 years now and I couldn't be happier. My child wants to go to "school" everyday. He loves his friends and his teachers. I have real piece of mind that he is well cared for. I can't say that I haven't had any concerns here or there but lets be realistic things being misplaced, a bump on the head a scratch is going to happen anywhere. There are quite a few teachers who have been at Great Beginnings for quite a while. Let's cut the teachers a little bit of slack it's not an easy job to deal with all these kids day in and day out. They are all caring and in my opinion love these kids and would never do anything to put any of them in harms way.Great job and keep up the good work!

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no, I'm sorry I'm not the director. I'm just a parent who has been with this daycare for a few years now and honestly feel comfortable and happy that i can send my children to this facility and know that they are happy and having fun each day. that is my biggest concern. the director i feel performs a extraordinary job and the staff's performance is at there current best,I'm always impressed w/ what they have my children learning and creating weekly. i do agree that maybe the building itself needs some updating b/c of its age; but that is the least of my worries. I'm sorry from a parent to a parent you feel this way, hopefully things will get better for you in the future.

5
★★★★★

no, I'm sorry I'm not the director. I'm just a parent who has been with this daycare for a few years now and honestly feel comfortable and happy that i can send my children to this facility and know that they are happy and having fun each day. that is my biggest concern. the director i feel performs a extraordinary job and the staff's performance is at there current best,I'm always impressed w/ what they have my children learning and creating weekly. i do agree that maybe the building itself needs some updating b/c of its age; but that is the least of my worries. I'm sorry from a parent to a parent you feel this way, hopefully things will get better for you in the future.

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I've yet to meet a parent who raves about Great Beginnings. We're on a waiting list at another facility.

I agree that the teachers are nice here, but it's not the cleanest place. Toys are not sterilized, and consequently, my kids are constantly and unnecessarily sent home with preventable illnesses.

There's a lack of consistency between the morning and afternoon staff, which is a big reason why we're going elsewhere.

It's good for infants and toddlers, but it's hardly an organized operation, and I don't consider the director or staff child development experts.

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★★☆☆☆

I've yet to meet a parent who raves about Great Beginnings. We're on a waiting list at another facility.

I agree that the teachers are nice here, but it's not the cleanest place. Toys are not sterilized, and consequently, my kids are constantly and unnecessarily sent home with preventable illnesses.

There's a lack of consistency between the morning and afternoon staff, which is a big reason why we're going elsewhere.

It's good for infants and toddlers, but it's hardly an organized operation, and I don't consider the director or staff child development experts.

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I'm writing this review, stressing how expectational this daycare is. i have always felt safe, know my children were always taken care of by this staff.the director is very organized and always on top of all matters, concerns and paperwork i have ever needed.the staff is very caring, friendly and always performing excellence.i always feel welcome and have good relationships w/ the teachers i know are caring for my children.i don't agree w/ these negative reviews at all and will happily write that this daycare is awesome and would recommend and have to many people.

5
★★★★★

I'm writing this review, stressing how expectational this daycare is. i have always felt safe, know my children were always taken care of by this staff.the director is very organized and always on top of all matters, concerns and paperwork i have ever needed.the staff is very caring, friendly and always performing excellence.i always feel welcome and have good relationships w/ the teachers i know are caring for my children.i don't agree w/ these negative reviews at all and will happily write that this daycare is awesome and would recommend and have to many people.

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Nursery and pre-toddler teachers are professional, responsible and genuinely care for the children. On too many occasions, however, medicine has been misplaced, paperwork not forwarded to me, and scheduling botched for me to feel like it's a smoothly run operation.

Aside from some administrative issues, I think there are too many highschool kids working there after school with little supervision. My child has had a few too many "incidents" for me to feel comfortable sending her there much longer.

It's sad, because many of these issues could be easily fixed.

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★★★☆☆

Nursery and pre-toddler teachers are professional, responsible and genuinely care for the children. On too many occasions, however, medicine has been misplaced, paperwork not forwarded to me, and scheduling botched for me to feel like it's a smoothly run operation.

Aside from some administrative issues, I think there are too many highschool kids working there after school with little supervision. My child has had a few too many "incidents" for me to feel comfortable sending her there much longer.

It's sad, because many of these issues could be easily fixed.

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I put my first child through Great Beginnings in 2003 and I loved the staff. They were experienced and caring. I developed relationships with the teachers and as I walked into the classrooms would hear the teachers laughing, singing and enjoying spending time with the children. It was a wonderful environment. So when I gave birth to my second child I enrolled her into Great Beginnings but I was disappointed to see that many of the staff that I had developed relationships with were gone. The new staff were younger (high school age) and not as responsible as the teachers I was used to. After much thought I pulled my child from the daycare because I saw less enjoyment and responsibility from the teachers and saw the at times ingnoring children and talking on their cell phones. I would recommend the daycare to anyone if the new staff was replaced wiht people who were as caring and fun as the teachers who worked there in 2003-2006

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★★☆☆☆

I put my first child through Great Beginnings in 2003 and I loved the staff. They were experienced and caring. I developed relationships with the teachers and as I walked into the classrooms would hear the teachers laughing, singing and enjoying spending time with the children. It was a wonderful environment. So when I gave birth to my second child I enrolled her into Great Beginnings but I was disappointed to see that many of the staff that I had developed relationships with were gone. The new staff were younger (high school age) and not as responsible as the teachers I was used to. After much thought I pulled my child from the daycare because I saw less enjoyment and responsibility from the teachers and saw the at times ingnoring children and talking on their cell phones. I would recommend the daycare to anyone if the new staff was replaced wiht people who were as caring and fun as the teachers who worked there in 2003-2006

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Great Beginnings is such a wonderful place with so many nice people that work there. They always have a smile on their face and I have happily put three children through their day care from the nursery to their awesome summer camp program. My children loved their summer camp and the girls were so great. They always had something to do and were never bored. I would definitely recommend this wonderful place to anyone that wants their child to grow up in a nurturing caring environment. Do not listen to these other reviews !See it for yourself :)

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★★★★★

Great Beginnings is such a wonderful place with so many nice people that work there. They always have a smile on their face and I have happily put three children through their day care from the nursery to their awesome summer camp program. My children loved their summer camp and the girls were so great. They always had something to do and were never bored. I would definitely recommend this wonderful place to anyone that wants their child to grow up in a nurturing caring environment. Do not listen to these other reviews !See it for yourself :)

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I had my baby girl there and would never go back. When I would come to pick her up, nursery teachers sat around gossiping with other staff. Babies were crying and although they stopped to greet me, I was still disturbed. It makes me wonder if they attended to my baby at all. I don't reccomend the nursery room to anyone.
I don't about the other rooms like the toddler and prek rooms, they seemed friendly and attentive, but with what I experienced I can't be too sure.

2
★★☆☆☆

I had my baby girl there and would never go back. When I would come to pick her up, nursery teachers sat around gossiping with other staff. Babies were crying and although they stopped to greet me, I was still disturbed. It makes me wonder if they attended to my baby at all. I don't reccomend the nursery room to anyone.
I don't about the other rooms like the toddler and prek rooms, they seemed friendly and attentive, but with what I experienced I can't be too sure.

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The women in the nursery and 10-18 month classes are very nurturing and patient with both parents and children. I'm not sure, however, if I'll keep my child in there through pre-school as I don't know how qualified the teachers are and what type of curriculum is in place for older kids. But for your basic feeding/changing/entertaining needs for babies and toddlers, this is a safe, reasonably priced and friendly facility.

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★★★☆☆

The women in the nursery and 10-18 month classes are very nurturing and patient with both parents and children. I'm not sure, however, if I'll keep my child in there through pre-school as I don't know how qualified the teachers are and what type of curriculum is in place for older kids. But for your basic feeding/changing/entertaining needs for babies and toddlers, this is a safe, reasonably priced and friendly facility.

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We had a wonderful experience with both of our boys in the nursery (the teachers loved them as if they were their own), however we recently moved our two children out (young toddler and preschool) because of lack of supervision and cleanliness. Our toddler constantly came home with a filthy face (clearly it hadn't been wiped all day), and he also always had scratches that no one could explain where they came from. In preschool the teachers are leaving the rooms unattended, and aren't supervising the children at the playground properly. The teachers are never seen giving the kids any type of affection or positive reinforcement. I couldn't bare to continue to leave my child in that type of care!!

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★☆☆☆☆

We had a wonderful experience with both of our boys in the nursery (the teachers loved them as if they were their own), however we recently moved our two children out (young toddler and preschool) because of lack of supervision and cleanliness. Our toddler constantly came home with a filthy face (clearly it hadn't been wiped all day), and he also always had scratches that no one could explain where they came from. In preschool the teachers are leaving the rooms unattended, and aren't supervising the children at the playground properly. The teachers are never seen giving the kids any type of affection or positive reinforcement. I couldn't bare to continue to leave my child in that type of care!!

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When I was looking for a daycare for my baby, Great beginnings topped the list. It was s popular that I was unable to get a spot when my child was an infant. They have a low turnover rate for the pupils, which is a good indicator of the quality of the school. The classrooms were bright with big windows. the spaces were clean and well kept, the teachers friendly and qualified. This school is definitely worth checking out.

4
★★★★☆

When I was looking for a daycare for my baby, Great beginnings topped the list. It was s popular that I was unable to get a spot when my child was an infant. They have a low turnover rate for the pupils, which is a good indicator of the quality of the school. The classrooms were bright with big windows. the spaces were clean and well kept, the teachers friendly and qualified. This school is definitely worth checking out.

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