Great Bridge Pre-School

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  • 201 Stadium Dr

    Chesapeake, VA 23322

    Cross street: Great Bridge Preschool and Kindergarten is located at Stadium Drive inside the Great Bridge United Methodist Church.

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  • 757-482-9788

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My two-and-a-half-year-old-daughter has been in an at-home childcare situation since she was three-months-old. She has NEVER been in a classroom setting before. I decided to place her in preschool because I myself am a teacher, and I believed it was time to get her into a classroom setting. The first day of school (EVER), I walked her into the building to her classroom. The door was shut. I peeked into the window thinking that perhaps the door was closed to prevent children from escaping. I was met with three looks from three adults which said, "What do you want?" That gave me my first bad vibe. One of the teachers (the other two couldn't be bothered with introducing themselves) opened the door and told me that class would begin shortly, that she had to go pick up the children from before-care. My daughter and I waited in the hallway. She returned with the children, walked them into the room, and never once invited us in. I found this odd. I told my daughter, "OK, Honey, it's time to go in now," and took her hand to walk her inside the room. This teacher put up her hands and said to me, "Oh no, we don't allow parents into the classroom. It's school policy." I was completely taken aback and in shock somewhat, so all I said was, "Oh, OK." She then explained that the before-care children did not have their mommies in the room and that it would not be fair to them. I get that. I can understand that. However, this was MY DAUGHTER'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL EVER AND SHE IS WITH COMPLETE STRANGERS. I should have been informed of this procedure in advance to prepare my daughter, and I should have been invited in early to help my daughter adjust to these brand-new surroundings. We were there 10 minutes early; that was plenty of time to bring her in, get her busy playing with a toy, and leave before this woman arrived with the other children. But, I was stopped at the door and not allowed in. I then crouch down and try to peer around this woman's legs to point out books, toys, etc. to my daughter. Meanwhile, other children are arriving who have been to this school before, so they are having no trouble at all going into the classroom without their parents. My daughter is normally a very social little girl, but this was a strange place with strange people; she knew no one. The teacher asked me if she had ever been around children before, and I told her of course, at her babysitter's home, and I again reiterated the fact that this was her first day in this type of setting. My daughter did not want to go in, and finally, this teacher grabbed her out of my arms and said, "I'm just going to take her now." My daughter began screaming at the top of her lungs crying and saying, "Mommy! Mommy!" I left her there, feeling as if her Mommy abandoned her, and all the while, I am feeling horrible. I left at 9:30, and 1:00 could not get her soon enough. I should feel very comfortable leaving my child somewhere, and I felt the polar opposite. What is this place trying to hide?

Preschools, because they deal with very young children, should have an open-door policy. While I am not able to be there all of the time (nor, do I want to be), I should have that option when my child is a toddler. I am wary of any daycare/preschool that pushes parents away. Incidentally, this policy was not disclosed when I met with the director initially; she merely said that children are not dropped off; they have to be walked to class, in order to, ironically, "establish a good relationship with the parents.' These people were cold towards me, and they were not "warm and fuzzy", a trait one would expect from those working with very young children.

My final problem with this place is that there is no type of sign-in/sign-out procedure AT ALL. These people did not know who I was, and anyone could have come to pick my daughter up. There was no monitoring at all of who was coming and going.

I would NOT recommend this preschool AT ALL. I was very dissatisfied with the treatment I received, the fear my child experienced, and the policies altogether. Had I known that this was the way this school functioned, I NEVER would have signed her up to attend. PLEASE don't make the same mistake that I made!!!

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My two-and-a-half-year-old-daughter has been in an at-home childcare situation since she was three-months-old. She has NEVER been in a classroom setting before. I decided to place her in preschool because I myself am a teacher, and I believed it was time to get her into a classroom setting. The first day of school (EVER), I walked her into the building to her classroom. The door was shut. I peeked into the window thinking that perhaps the door was closed to prevent children from escaping. I was met with three looks from three adults which said, "What do you want?" That gave me my first bad vibe. One of the teachers (the other two couldn't be bothered with introducing themselves) opened the door and told me that class would begin shortly, that she had to go pick up the children from before-care. My daughter and I waited in the hallway. She returned with the children, walked them into the room, and never once invited us in. I found this odd. I told my daughter, "OK, Honey, it's time to go in now," and took her hand to walk her inside the room. This teacher put up her hands and said to me, "Oh no, we don't allow parents into the classroom. It's school policy." I was completely taken aback and in shock somewhat, so all I said was, "Oh, OK." She then explained that the before-care children did not have their mommies in the room and that it would not be fair to them. I get that. I can understand that. However, this was MY DAUGHTER'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL EVER AND SHE IS WITH COMPLETE STRANGERS. I should have been informed of this procedure in advance to prepare my daughter, and I should have been invited in early to help my daughter adjust to these brand-new surroundings. We were there 10 minutes early; that was plenty of time to bring her in, get her busy playing with a toy, and leave before this woman arrived with the other children. But, I was stopped at the door and not allowed in. I then crouch down and try to peer around this woman's legs to point out books, toys, etc. to my daughter. Meanwhile, other children are arriving who have been to this school before, so they are having no trouble at all going into the classroom without their parents. My daughter is normally a very social little girl, but this was a strange place with strange people; she knew no one. The teacher asked me if she had ever been around children before, and I told her of course, at her babysitter's home, and I again reiterated the fact that this was her first day in this type of setting. My daughter did not want to go in, and finally, this teacher grabbed her out of my arms and said, "I'm just going to take her now." My daughter began screaming at the top of her lungs crying and saying, "Mommy! Mommy!" I left her there, feeling as if her Mommy abandoned her, and all the while, I am feeling horrible. I left at 9:30, and 1:00 could not get her soon enough. I should feel very comfortable leaving my child somewhere, and I felt the polar opposite. What is this place trying to hide?

Preschools, because they deal with very young children, should have an open-door policy. While I am not able to be there all of the time (nor, do I want to be), I should have that option when my child is a toddler. I am wary of any daycare/preschool that pushes parents away. Incidentally, this policy was not disclosed when I met with the director initially; she merely said that children are not dropped off; they have to be walked to class, in order to, ironically, "establish a good relationship with the parents.' These people were cold towards me, and they were not "warm and fuzzy", a trait one would expect from those working with very young children.

My final problem with this place is that there is no type of sign-in/sign-out procedure AT ALL. These people did not know who I was, and anyone could have come to pick my daughter up. There was no monitoring at all of who was coming and going.

I would NOT recommend this preschool AT ALL. I was very dissatisfied with the treatment I received, the fear my child experienced, and the policies altogether. Had I known that this was the way this school functioned, I NEVER would have signed her up to attend. PLEASE don't make the same mistake that I made!!!

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