BumbleBeesRus Child Care - Prospect Heights
Review from the Spring 2023 Early Education SurveyReview: My son loved Bumblebees. He made great new friends and adjusted well to a classroom environment. He especially loved all the activity centers and loved telling us all about the yoga and music classes. The teachers and staff were really lovely people and seemed to really enjoy working there and getting to know all the kids. We received a weekly newsletter with photos, but otherwise wouldn't get updates during the day, which was generally fine with us. His teacher was very responsive when we did reach out about anything. We would definitely send our kid there again if we had to do it all over again. Amenities: Has after-school options, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Slightly more communication about what the kids were doing every day; more outdoor time
Bumblebees 3kWe did the Classon Bumblebees for 3K and really enjoyed it. The teachers seemed really invested in the kids, and my son was in a good mood whenever we came to pick him up. The classroom was nicely laid out and they appear to provide a healthy balance of play and more structured learning. Our kid especially looked forward to days with the music teacher, Mr. Nelson. We haven't had many preschool experiences to compare with Bumblebees, but considering what I've heard from other parents and programs, Bumblebees' only real weakness was communication. For us, we just got used to not really knowing a lot and learning to trust the program. But it's probably not for the parent that needs to know how much your kid ate that day and how long they napped. This could've just been an artifact of the pandemic, may not be true for every location, and like I said, wasn't really an issue for us.
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: 823 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238 Type of facility: Daycare, 3K, Pre-K Review: More structure than your average daycare with educational curriculum. Kids don't get outside enough and when they do, sometimes it's just a walk in a stroller with no real outdoor playtime when the whether is nice. 2-3 year olds need more outdoor play than they offer. Overall our little one is a happy enough toddler there but headquarter communications are poor and infrequent. They eliminated daily photos to opt for weekly newsletters that fall flat. They do not require staff vaccinations against covid. Center Director is kind and tries her best but I think some of the poor choices are from her bosses so little she can do. We send our kid here because it is very close to where we live. I'm on the fence if I would make this same choice - the lack of outdoor play is enough for me to say a good look at Friends of Crown Heights or Lightbridge if you can afford it. What amenities does the facility have? Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything? More outdoor play, tuition for what you get. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school is handling the pandemic? All educators wear masks but are not required to get vaccinated. After months of begging, they finally started testing the kids every other week.
3K in crown heightsWe also like Bumblebees. Our son is in the 3K program there and we are probably going to stay for 4K. It’s a smaller school, so you don’t get the feeling that you are putting your kid in a big PS building yet. Plus he has developed strong connections with all the teachers there.
3K in crown heightsWe really loved Bumblebees — went there until ours was 2.5…and shelter-in-place began.
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: Daycare Review: We have been very happy with BumbleBees. Our toddler loves his friends and teachers, and still gets excited to see his first teacher there. He's learned so much and is so happy to arrive every morning. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I wish that there were more regular updates - we don't get daily photos, for instance - but the important things are communicated and knowing our kid is happy and safe is the most important thing. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? All teachers wear masks and there has been open communication when there have been infrequent contacts/positives.
Midwood early learning center, Eva Crèche, bumblebees R usOur son has been at Bumblebees R Us on Classon Ave for a few weeks, and he started at 5.5 months old. So, our experience is somewhat limited but I'm happy to share our perspective. Overall we have found it really hard to settle into a rhythm here, largely because the napping/scheduling system doesn't work very well for our kid. The daycare allows each baby to be on an individualized care plan, which I initially thought was great, but turns out to be tricky since it means each baby naps, eats, and plays at different times. They keep the cribs in the main playroom, so the babies have to nap with lights on, other people talking, playing, crying, etc. Our son has simply not been able to sleep in this environment so naps have gone completely out the window. I'm sure some babies are able to adjust, but ours has not. The individualized care plans also just seem hard for the teachers to stick to, especially with a 4:1 caregiver ratio. We often find that they don't follow our shared schedule, moving feeds to different times and even skipping afternoon naps entirely. I don't necessarily fault them and believe the staff is doing the best they can, but it hasn't been super smooth for us and we are left with the sense that things are relatively disorganized. All of that said, the staff has been nothing but caring towards our son and they seem to genuinely be trying their hardest to accommodate our family's needs. The daycare decision is definitely super personal and I have talked to parents who love Bumblebees, but I think knowing these kinds of details up front about the day-to-day routine is helpful. Hopefully this helps you with your search!
Bumblebees r us or Sunflower PlayhouseBumblebee for us was very nurturing until our daughter got to the toddler room (age 1 and up). I found that they lacked engagement and structure. To me there were some safety concerns possibly due to understaffing. I would recommend going elsewhere. We prefer a smaller setting with more consistent caregivers.
Bumblebees r us or Sunflower PlayhouseOur son has been at Bumblebees since he was 8 months old - he started in October 2020. We've had a good experience so far and he seems to love it! While they don't have outdoor space at the center they've been taking the kids out for walks and to the playground quite frequently lately, which makes us happy (my kid is 15 months now, so in a toddler room, but they were also doing it with the older babies before he moved up). The previous director left to take care of family earlier this year and at first there were some communication hiccups and less frequent updates, but it seems like things are starting to settle again with the new center director. The teachers seem genuinely happy to see the kids in the morning and have taught him so much since he started.
Bumblebees r us or Sunflower PlayhouseHi there, I sent my son to Bumblebees on Classon for 1.5 years (since he was 4 months old until the pandemic) and we absolutely loved it! The teachers were awesome, it was very professionally run with lots of activities, little parties for holidays, and great communication every day for parents. I loved getting photos of him in the miiddle of my workday.
Daycares in the neighborhoodOur son M. (13 months) goes to BumblebeesRus on Classon and loves his class and teachers. We are so happy with his development.
Daycares in the neighborhoodOur kid is at Bumblebees R Us on Classon, and it's great. He's in the toddler class now (and was at Tiny Steps on St. John's as an infant; we moved daycares for logistical reasons) so I can't personally speak to the infant class there, but BRU is really well run, super COVID-conscious and feels safe, and all the parents picking up infants seem happy! BRU has great communication, with a daily email with photos and a monthly newsletter including a "lesson plan" you can reinforce at home.
2019-2020 Year ReviewReview: My daughter is int he all-day babies classroom. Her teachers are caring and trustworthy. I felt comfortable leaving her there since Day 1. They notice things I may not and give me thorough updates everyday. … About the facility: Has afterschool options, Late pick-up if needed … What would you change? Outdoor space, more photos throughout the day
Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyTwo years in and it's wonderful! My daughter is really, really happy there. We'll be there until PreK starts in the fall. Caring teachers, lots of art and outdoor time, music, dance and yoga...friendly community of parents, too. About the facility: Bright, clean, well-supplied with books, art, etc.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyWe chose this daycare mostly because the location was perfect for us, but it's been a great fit for our daughter. It's a new space, so very clean and modern-looking. The childcare workers are loving, organized, and communicative. What would you change? I wish it had an outdoor space, but they go out to the park often.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyWe LOVE Bumblebees R Us! All of the teachers are very engaged, loving and caring. They do lots of fun, educational activities, outdoor walks, music and art, but it's not overly competitive or serious. It's a playful environment that is laidback in terms of teachers and parents, which we like. Our son is happy to be dropped off every day and loves interacting with other kids in his class. It's a great little community. About the facility: Group strollers for walks to the park. What would you change? Our only issue is that naps have always been a problem. That's partially our son's issue, but b/c it's a classroom there tends to be a lot of stimulus, so "turning off" for him can be a struggle.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyThings I love as a working parent: This is an all-day daycare, from 8:00-6:00 with the option of dropping early and picking up late. The center is open on most days barring federal and religious holidays. The program is educational for chilcren starting in the baby room. Teachers make lesson plans and expose children to various themes through books and textures through art in the baby room. In the next rooms up they have thematic units that incorporate art, books, music and a yoga program. Our daughter loves the yoga and the music programs that they bring in. She really loves her teachers and likes being with a crew of great peers. She is well cared for and happy in the program, resisting departure every day. The location is great because they are in walking distance to the Botanical Gardens, when they offered free Tuesdays the kids would go there to walk around, the Brooklyn Central Library where they would go to read books, and parks along Eastern Parkway. The staff makes an effort to get the kids out of the building every day, weather permitting. They do not offer food at this location, which we like because it allows us to be more vigilant about what our daughter eats, but may not be for everyone. Has early morning hours.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyOverall the care our daughter has received has been very good. The director and lead teachers try very hard and engage the kids in monthly thematic topics (such as nature or safety or transportation) and create activities around the monthly themes. On the downside there is a lot of staff turnover and we’ve struggled with consistency with the lead teachers. The director is wonderful and, when pressed on issues, the owners are very responsive. They’ve also made an effort to bring in external organizations to do arts, music and yoga which is really great. I’d love to see a little more on the outdoor activity time- the kids take a lot of walks but would live to see more effort around getting them moving (playground activities etc).
Review from the 2016/2017 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyAbout the facility: New facility, well furnished including cribs, late pick up Review: Lovely care givers, a lot of daily activities such as book reading, arts and crafts, small group, daily outdoor walks including botanical garden What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? Wish they had outdoor space
[PSP Working Moms MeetUps] Day Care Recommendations: Prospect Heights/Crown H...I want to recommend Bumble Bees R Us on Classon. The infant teachers are phenomenal. We have had our daughter there for the past year and change. She started at 5.5 months. The infant room is run by Qamile and Georgia. They are loving and caring and very knowledgeable about child development. They have a great manner with the babies. I felt very comfortable leaving Laia in their hands each day, they really had a special bond with the babies they cared for. When Laia was 13 months she moved from the infant to the toddler room, and while the transition was difficult, because any transition is, the staff was warm and friendly. We requested a conversation with the teachers during this time and they were able to accommodate us within a week, which was great. The center is new. When the weather permits the teachers take the children to the nearby parks and Botanic Garden, as well as the Brooklyn Museum. They do not have catering, so you do have to bring your child's lunch and snack (once they are ready for those things) but I prefer that since I like to keep a close eye on what my daughter eats. Each of the rooms does thematic learning, focusing on a central theme each week. The toddler class observed ladybugs for a week, reading about them, making art, singing about them and observing them in their ladybug farm. The toddler class has a music teacher that comes in once a week to teach music and movement. We have been happy with the level of care and dedication to the children at Bumble Bees R Us. Hope this helps in your search!
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