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    Review and Rating

    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 02-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Hip Hippo Daycare
    Comment:   I can't recommend Hip Hippo daycare enough am really sad about us approaching our last day with them. They go from 18m to 5y and everything, absolutely everything about this daycare is amazing. In its play based approach, it compares with some of the best preschools in the area. The owner is extremely invested in the program, and passionate about her work. The teachers are loving and responsible. They also happen to be skilled artists, and award winning educators. The space is beautiful and they have their own cute little playground in the back. Also the fee structure is nominal.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 07-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review - day care provider
    Comment:  Hip Hippo is wonderful day care located in south Park Slope, and there will be an opening this spring as we are moving out of the neighborhood. Our son has been at Hip Hippo for almost 4 years, starting as a 3 month old, and we consistently say this day care has been one of the best parts of our Park Slope life. To echo someone else's comments, Hip Hippo is a perfect mix of learning and play.The director provides a rich environment for children to learn and grow and the teachers are warm and loving with the kids. The projects are creative and thoughtful, and they have so much fun in all their classes. Our son loves going to school and we've loved being part of the community of Hip Hippo families. It's a really special place that I can't say enough good things about. I'm happy to talk to anyone about our experience at Hip Hippo and highly recommend to all PSP!
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 30-Oct-2016
    Subject:  Shout Out! Hip Hippo Day care has an opening!
    Comment:   I'd like to shout out the day care my toddler, 23 months, attends. We are moving out of Brooklyn by the end of the year and there will be an open spot at Hip Hippo, which is on 16th Street and 4th Ave.In the short time our daughter had been there (3 months), she has thrived. The director and teachers are lovely and supportive, and communicate with us seamlessly. They have a great outdoor space as well. Hip Hippo functions like a pre school, with the intimacy of a family based day care and provides a good balance of structure and free play. Our daughter adores all the art projects and we now have a fridge to show for it! I'd be happy to share more stories and information..I highly recommend for anyone who is looking for a warm and creative environments for your toddler!
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 31-Jul-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Daycare/Preschool 2016 Survey
    Comment:  Age: 3-4 years Review: We have had an amazing experience at Hip Hippo. My daughter has been there for almost 3 years and I could not have been happier. I addition to being a creative and educational environment for my daughter, Hip Hippo has a family atmosphere and we have become close friends with many of the parents. The daycare is owned by a wonderful, intelligent, organized and warm woman, Sylwia, who has a a degree in early childhood education. All of the teachers there are incredible with the kids and you can tell they want to be there. They are all very loving to the kids and the kids all adore them. Two of the teachers have been with the daycare since it opened in 2013. Every month there is a theme, letter, number, color and science focus. For example: cities, rectangles, black&white... The kids will work on projects and activities using the themes all month. There is also movement class, music class, Spanish and cooking. The kids do tons of art- there is at least one art activity every day (and it's not just coloring). My daughter has brought home animal masks, cabbage stamp paintings, birds made from milk cartons, etc. They do special projects for the holidays like build a tepee and paint it together for Thanksgiving or create T-shirts with their hand prints for Father's day. Hip Hippo has a large, new outdoor space. The inside is a little small, but it is filled with high quality toys. Sylwia invests in the daycare, constantly purchasing new toys and devising new activities. When the kids arrive in the morning there are 3-4 activities set out for them.PSP note, this member previously reviewed this facility in 2013.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 30-Jul-2016
    Subject:  Hip Hippo Daycare
    Comment:  My kids have been going to Hip Hippo since they were 1 and they are now about to graduate to UPK next year and we couldn't be happier with their time there. Sylwia and the teachers are a great team, working together to create a fun, joyful place that my kids love. They love the teachers and the friends they have met there. They do a lot with the small space inside but they are very organized so it doesn't seem cramped at all. And the outdoor space is wonderful - I know the kids are getting lots of time to play outside. And I almost can't keep up with all the artwork that comes home (I didn't know this was unusual until some of our friends compared it to their daycare.) Sylwia and the teachers are great about encouraging creativity in all forms, even with preparing their food. I couldn't recommend them more - they have learned so much there and we will really miss them next year.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 02-Jun-2016
    Subject:  Shout Out for Hip Hippo Daycare
    Comment:  My daughter is "graduating" from Hip Hippo daycare this summer and going to UPK. We have had an amazing experience at Hip Hippo so I wanted to let anyone know that there might be some openings in the fall when a few kids go to UPK.The daycare is owned by a wonderful, intelligent, organized and warm woman, Sylwia, who has a a degree in early childhood education. All of the teachers there are incredible with the kids and you can tell they want to be there. They are all very loving to the kids and the kids all adore them. Two of the teachers have been with the daycare since it opened in 2013.Every month there is a theme, letter, number, color and science focus. For example: cities, rectangles, black&white... The kids will work on projects and activities using the themes all month. There is also movement class, music class, Spanish and cooking. The kids do tons of art- there is at least one art activity every day (and it's not just coloring). My daughter has brought home animal masks, cabbage stamp paintings, birds made from milk cartons, etc. They do special projects for the holidays like build a tepee and paint it together for Thanksgiving or create T-shirts with their hand prints for Father's day.Hip Hippo has a large, new outdoor space. The inside is a little small, but it is filled with high quality toys. Sylwia invests in the daycare, regularly purchasing new toys and devising new activities. When the kids arrive in the morning there are 3-4 activities set out for them. In addition to being a creative and educational environment for my daughter, Hip Hippo has a family atmosphere and we have become close friends with many of the parents.
    Reviewed by Reviews 2014
    On 18-Nov-2014
    Subject:  2014 Daycare/Preschool PSP review
    Comment:  Length of Time: 2 days/week Child's Age: 2-3 years Review: Sylwia is the owner of the daycare and is a calm, kind, thoughtful person who really cares about making an exciting and caring environment for the kids. She also cares about providing a good working environment for the workers there too. The daycare is structured, but not overly strict and they have alot of activities for the kids. They have monthly themes around which they organize the activities. You can tell that a balance of interests/activities are important to them. They also send home little reports with the kids. They are resourceful and endlessly patient. Recommend (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend Would you send your child again? Absolutely
    Reviewed by
    On 17-Aug-2014
    Subject:  Re:]: South Slope Day Care
    Comment:  There's also Hip Hippo on 13 th between 5th & 6th. An amazing daycare- our daughter has been there over a year.
    Reviewed by
    On 15-Feb-2014
    Subject:  Daycare recommendation
    Comment:  Our daughter goes to Hip Hippo on 13th St. between 5th and 6th ave. We could not be happier. The owner has an early childhood education degree from Poland. The environment is bright, the toys are quality and plentiful. They have movement class, music and are starting to do a Spanish class too. As the babies transition into the toddler area, they start to do art projects, learn letters, colors etc. There is a calendar so you know what is the general theme of the month and some of the daily activities. She serves organic, homemade when possible food. There is a large outdoor space and the kids go outside everyday unless its pouring rain. All the women who work there are loving, kind and fun. My description is not doing the place justice...when you walk in, you just feel the activity and the joy of the kids and people working there. It's worth a visit. She doesn't have a website but here is her information:Sylwia Reyser hiphippodaycare@yahoo.com
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 01-Nov-2013
    Subject:  Review of Hip Hippo Daycare
    Comment:  My daughter has been there since it's opening in June 2012 (she was actually the first kid). As the daycare has grown, I have only been happier with the care they provide. Sylwia, who is the owner, is creative, energetic and loving and has hired staff with these same qualities. She creates a theme for each month and then sends out a calender so the parents have some idea of what is going on each day (i.e. pretend your a cat, introduce letter B) She also has the kids doing art projects and Montessori-like creative play at an early age. Our daughters first art project there was a chocolate pudding painting. Now at 16 months, our daughter is helping make pumpkin pie, creating aquariums out of zip lock bags, dancing during music time and practicing deep breathing during circle time. The space is beautiful and she has a nice outdoor area too. At the end of every day you get a sheet with notes about the day so I always feel like I know how she is spending her time or if she did something special/unique.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 23-Jun-2013
    Subject:  Re: DayCare Suggestions for 13mos old
    Comment:  There is a new daycare opening on 13th St between 5th & 6th ave called Hip Hippo. My daughter just started there and we are VERY happy so far.