Kensington School

★★★☆☆
Family owned pre-school and child care, celebrating our 40th year.
  • 125 N Kensington Ave

    LA Grange, IL 60525

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  • 630-990-8000

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I would give a zero. When I first took the tour I was so impressed by the clean classes and the right things the tour guide was saying. I could hear everything a parent wants to hear before enrolling their child into a preschool. Now that I have been with the program, I realize it was all talk and no show. My child is happy to go because he meets his friends there but really that does not mean that it is the best thing for him. What upset me most was the fact that my child walked out of the school and no one noticed. Another parent brought him back to class and the teacher did not even know he was missing. I was shocked, of course the admin apologized and promised to watch out in the future. I have been in the field of education for more than 2 decades and know that if I was to complain to DCFS their license would be revoked. They don't dispose off waste properly and children sleep near the trash cans which are stinky with food and diapers. The teachers get minimum wage and don't even have IL state certifications. The owner is a real fine lady though and had all the good intentions when she started the original school. Now it is a mess and their fees are too high for the service they provide. Unfortunately due the Principal and teachers just sweet talking to parents they are able to keep the crowd coming. I would not send my child here if I knew the truth hence am writing to warn you. Good luck with the school hunt!

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I would give a zero. When I first took the tour I was so impressed by the clean classes and the right things the tour guide was saying. I could hear everything a parent wants to hear before enrolling their child into a preschool. Now that I have been with the program, I realize it was all talk and no show. My child is happy to go because he meets his friends there but really that does not mean that it is the best thing for him. What upset me most was the fact that my child walked out of the school and no one noticed. Another parent brought him back to class and the teacher did not even know he was missing. I was shocked, of course the admin apologized and promised to watch out in the future. I have been in the field of education for more than 2 decades and know that if I was to complain to DCFS their license would be revoked. They don't dispose off waste properly and children sleep near the trash cans which are stinky with food and diapers. The teachers get minimum wage and don't even have IL state certifications. The owner is a real fine lady though and had all the good intentions when she started the original school. Now it is a mess and their fees are too high for the service they provide. Unfortunately due the Principal and teachers just sweet talking to parents they are able to keep the crowd coming. I would not send my child here if I knew the truth hence am writing to warn you. Good luck with the school hunt!

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I feel so disapointed and let down by this program and the directors. We have only been enrolled for a little more than a month and already my sons class has had 2 new "teachers". The communication between the director and the parents is almost nonexistant. Other parents are also unhappy but feel as though there are few choices for toddler age kids. This is a very expensive daycare and I don't think it is worth the cost. They have nice brochures and equipment. We'd rather have better daycare! We have just hired our first nanny.

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★☆☆☆☆

I feel so disapointed and let down by this program and the directors. We have only been enrolled for a little more than a month and already my sons class has had 2 new "teachers". The communication between the director and the parents is almost nonexistant. Other parents are also unhappy but feel as though there are few choices for toddler age kids. This is a very expensive daycare and I don't think it is worth the cost. They have nice brochures and equipment. We'd rather have better daycare! We have just hired our first nanny.

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We send our three kids to Kensington, and it's been wonderful. Our oldest daughter has been going there since she was 10 months old (she's now 4). The curriculum is great; the outside space is wonderful, and they can run around in a gym when it's really cold. We go to the one in Western Springs. Our oldest is very, very shy and the teachers are really great with her. I feel all my kids have gotten individual attention and they've all flourished there. Also, they are VERY conscious about cleanliness and my kids have rarely gotten sick. I would recommend it to anyone!

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We send our three kids to Kensington, and it's been wonderful. Our oldest daughter has been going there since she was 10 months old (she's now 4). The curriculum is great; the outside space is wonderful, and they can run around in a gym when it's really cold. We go to the one in Western Springs. Our oldest is very, very shy and the teachers are really great with her. I feel all my kids have gotten individual attention and they've all flourished there. Also, they are VERY conscious about cleanliness and my kids have rarely gotten sick. I would recommend it to anyone!

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My son had gone to Kensington of LaGrange since he was 3 years old up through Kindergarten. Granted this is an older school but they do have a far superior curiculum to other local preschools. We have had wonderful relationships with all of his teachers and they take the time to communicate with you. There were many updates that could have been done overtime however many were done this past summer. It is our responsiblilties as parents to check out the safety precautions that are important to us prior to enrollment to any sort of a facility. If teacher student ratio is a concern of the prior parent Or even the building security - I have to wonder why they enrolled. There are SEVERAL facilities to choose from in the LaGrange area. I chose Kensington for their reputation first and foremost...teachers, curriculum, and pleasantness of the staff. My son is an only child and he could not have gotten the same benefit from another facility. I would have never done it different.

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★★★★★

My son had gone to Kensington of LaGrange since he was 3 years old up through Kindergarten. Granted this is an older school but they do have a far superior curiculum to other local preschools. We have had wonderful relationships with all of his teachers and they take the time to communicate with you. There were many updates that could have been done overtime however many were done this past summer. It is our responsiblilties as parents to check out the safety precautions that are important to us prior to enrollment to any sort of a facility. If teacher student ratio is a concern of the prior parent Or even the building security - I have to wonder why they enrolled. There are SEVERAL facilities to choose from in the LaGrange area. I chose Kensington for their reputation first and foremost...teachers, curriculum, and pleasantness of the staff. My son is an only child and he could not have gotten the same benefit from another facility. I would have never done it different.

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At first I was really drawn to this school. They seem to have a good educational lesson plan, clean toys, and happy fun instructors. Then school started....

The student to teacher ration seems almost unsafe. There are way to many kids and not enough teachers. I don't think that they are even within the guidelines set forth by the department of children and family services, as they claim they are.

There is a lock on the outside door and it has a punch code on it. In the recent weeks I have twice walked up to the door and it was open. There are no video cameras in place so there is no way of seeing who has come into the building if the door does not shut all the way.

There is no trash receptacle in one of the wash rooms for diapers, so all the 2 year olds diapers are disposed in the receptacles inside the classroom. 14 two year old + stinky diapers= unsanitary.

My two year old has ran out of the room on several occasions (3) and if it wasn't for me still being in the stairway- just to make sure that they are not crying
and have settled in all right, he might have ran and fell down the stairs. When I would return him to class the teacher never even realized that he was missing.

School for my boys has only been is session for three weeks and one of their teachers are already leaving. This also concerns me because at this young
age a continuity of child care providers can be detrimental to their trust and development.

The pick up and drop off procedures also feel unsafe. They want you to pull forward before your child is buckled in properly. Most accidents are low speed, close to home, and simple rear-ending of another vehicle. But, if someone rear-ends me while my children are not strapped in-even at a slow 2-5 miles an hour they could easily fall out of their seat and strike their heads on the seat in front of them. Then when the cops come they are going to ask me if I know it is against the law to drive without my children properly restrained. It is no longer on the school but on me as a parent. What kind of school that advocates the safety of children would want anyone to transport a child-even 10 feet not properly restrained?

All children in this school are also given a tote bag. When they arrive at school the teacher checks it for any notes from the parents and also utilizes it at the end of the day to send notes and finished works of art home. This seemed like a great idea except the only place they have to keep the 20+ totes bags is on the ground approximately 7 feet from the door. This is not only a
fire hazard but adds unnecessary clutter to the floor which the children can trip over.

All in all, I am not impressed with this schools conduct and professionalism or lack there of. My son has expressed how the teacher has made him feel sad and he does not know why she is angry. He no longer enjoys attending and the teachers seem to not have any idea how to deal with children. This is truly surprising to me since it states that the lead teachers all have educational background in early childhood development. They came off to be a really structured and organized school but after starting there I can easily see that there is no method to their chaos. I have begun a new search for a pre-school in the area. They don't need to go (one of us is always at home) but they enjoy going and they enjoy seeing kids their age.

At this point I see them as a really expensive babysitter that does nothing to add to the growth of my children. They are not learning anything because there are to many kids, not enough teachers and certainly no structure or organization. If you are thinking of sending your child here, save the money and buy a dog.

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★☆☆☆☆

At first I was really drawn to this school. They seem to have a good educational lesson plan, clean toys, and happy fun instructors. Then school started....

The student to teacher ration seems almost unsafe. There are way to many kids and not enough teachers. I don't think that they are even within the guidelines set forth by the department of children and family services, as they claim they are.

There is a lock on the outside door and it has a punch code on it. In the recent weeks I have twice walked up to the door and it was open. There are no video cameras in place so there is no way of seeing who has come into the building if the door does not shut all the way.

There is no trash receptacle in one of the wash rooms for diapers, so all the 2 year olds diapers are disposed in the receptacles inside the classroom. 14 two year old + stinky diapers= unsanitary.

My two year old has ran out of the room on several occasions (3) and if it wasn't for me still being in the stairway- just to make sure that they are not crying
and have settled in all right, he might have ran and fell down the stairs. When I would return him to class the teacher never even realized that he was missing.

School for my boys has only been is session for three weeks and one of their teachers are already leaving. This also concerns me because at this young
age a continuity of child care providers can be detrimental to their trust and development.

The pick up and drop off procedures also feel unsafe. They want you to pull forward before your child is buckled in properly. Most accidents are low speed, close to home, and simple rear-ending of another vehicle. But, if someone rear-ends me while my children are not strapped in-even at a slow 2-5 miles an hour they could easily fall out of their seat and strike their heads on the seat in front of them. Then when the cops come they are going to ask me if I know it is against the law to drive without my children properly restrained. It is no longer on the school but on me as a parent. What kind of school that advocates the safety of children would want anyone to transport a child-even 10 feet not properly restrained?

All children in this school are also given a tote bag. When they arrive at school the teacher checks it for any notes from the parents and also utilizes it at the end of the day to send notes and finished works of art home. This seemed like a great idea except the only place they have to keep the 20+ totes bags is on the ground approximately 7 feet from the door. This is not only a
fire hazard but adds unnecessary clutter to the floor which the children can trip over.

All in all, I am not impressed with this schools conduct and professionalism or lack there of. My son has expressed how the teacher has made him feel sad and he does not know why she is angry. He no longer enjoys attending and the teachers seem to not have any idea how to deal with children. This is truly surprising to me since it states that the lead teachers all have educational background in early childhood development. They came off to be a really structured and organized school but after starting there I can easily see that there is no method to their chaos. I have begun a new search for a pre-school in the area. They don't need to go (one of us is always at home) but they enjoy going and they enjoy seeing kids their age.

At this point I see them as a really expensive babysitter that does nothing to add to the growth of my children. They are not learning anything because there are to many kids, not enough teachers and certainly no structure or organization. If you are thinking of sending your child here, save the money and buy a dog.

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