Honeydew Drop Nook
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Lil Polliwogs DaycareIf you’re open to other options we’ve used and loved both Honeydew Nook (15th and 5th) and the Zusin location next door to Purple Playground on 17th.
Review from the 2022 Summer Camp SurveyLocation: Park Slope How old was your child when they attended camp this summer? 4 Review: Camp at Honeydew seemed to be a continuation of their daycare and preschool services. They learned about camping, making smores, etc. My kiddo was happy with it. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? I would like to see them go on at least one big field trip. Would you like to add anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it? They are pretty cautious about COVID, requiring masks and using air purifiers. They also require teachers to test weekly, and weekly testing is available onsite and optional for kids.
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: 204 15th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 Type of facility: Daycare Review: We have had a great experience here overall so far. Our son started attending when he was about 6 months and has now been there for 10 months. The teachers are amazing, although there has been some turnover since he started. Our son is always happy when we drop him off and pick him up. We like getting the updates they send on the Brightwheel app. They take lots of trips to parks and playgrounds, especially in the spring and summer, to get the kids outside, and do creative activities such as sensory play, art, music, etc. Our only complaints are that the communication from the administration can sometimes be confusing and disorganized. What amenities does the facility have? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals Is there anything you would like to add about how the school is handling the pandemic? They are doing their best to balance safety and convenience. During the height of Omicron in the winter they offered weekly testing on site. I wish they would get rid of very strict quarantine rules for exposure, but hopefully that will change once the kids can be vaccinated. Their communication has been unclear at times, and they hold meetings to discuss new policies that can get unruly, but overall I think they have done a better job than most (from what I hear) to keep cases down.
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: Nook - 15th St and 5th Ave Type of facility: Daycare Review: Our daughter started at Honeydew in April 2022 at 5 months old. She has been so well taken care of there and we are never worried about her well being or safety! Honeydew has an app and they update us throughout the day of her naps, potties, eating, and any pictures that come through. She had significant bottle refusal up until 6 months of life and daycare was very diligent and persistent and finally got her to take it! She always has a smile on her face when we drop her off and when we pick her up! Very happy we are with Nook :) What amenities does the facility have? Has outdoor space, Provides meals, has app What would you change about the program, if anything? nothing as of yet. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school is handling the pandemic? Honeydew is doing very well with the pandemic. They used to have PCR testing weekly that is covered by insurance. Now it is optional and we opt in to do it weekly. The staff continue to wear masks even though the mask mandate has been lifted. The school watches the numbers and rates of infection and will discontinue masks when they feel it is safe to do so.
24m+ daycare recommendation?We enjoyed our time at Honeydew Nook which was the younger room they have in South Slope. They have a second location for older kids that we didn’t experience but I’d expect they’d have similarly great staff and practices.
Review from the 2020–2021 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K SurveyReview: Honeydew Drop Nook has been a caring, consistent, and community-oriented place for our child to thrive. We returned as soon as they reopened in September 2020 and have seen much growth and development in our kiddo as a result of the enriching program and caring teachers at Honeydew. We feel part of a family within their organization and appreciate their communication, openness, and partnership with us as parents in navigating not only the pandemic but the usual ups and downs of working with little ones. Their curriculum is thoughtful and engaging, they regularly hold parent-teacher conferences to check in on how everyone is doing, and are just as excited as we are to see growth and milestones emerge in our children. The teachers are all interested in or studying early childhood education and understand their development and behavior. They have also been nothing but open and accepting of us as a queer family. They have several meaningful traditions including an art show of the kids work, an annual picnic at the carousel, and monthly themes to encourage learning in an age-appropriate way. We have also found great friends in the other families that are in our kid's class and appreciate those relationships. Facility amenities: Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change about the program? Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? They have provided updates and followed guidance throughout the pandemic. All the teachers were required to be vaccinated.
Daycare recommendations with spots for summerWe were at nook on 15th previously and loved our experience there, as well!
Day care near Giocare?Hi, My son started at Nook as an infant and is in the toddler program on 14th now. We will also be sending our soon-to-arrive baby to Nook. We love Honeydew. The teachers are wonderful, they have a great teaching philosophy and our 2 year old has really blossomed there. We trust them completely. I hear you about the aesthetics of the outside, but to me, it just ended up not mattering. The inside is bright and cheerful and filled with the kids' artwork and tons of toys and activities. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
Honeydew Drop Nook DaycareOur son attends Honeydew, having started just before the pandemic and how has returned. We are so glad to have him back and can't recommend them enough. The teachers are incredibly caring, communicative, and invested. We're already seeing his growth and development make leaps and bounds. They have been quick to adapt to new protocols and we feel very safe with everything they have in place.
day care recommendations?Our now 11 month old was just starting out at the Honeydew Nook location in March when things shut down. He’s going back next week and they’ve been great all throughout in terms of letting us know what our options are and how they’re adjusting to adhere to all the new safety requirements. They have another location that has been open since mid summer, and they’ve been running summer camp outside, and all seems to be going smoothly. We love the teachers at Nook and that was just from a couple weeks of having him there. We’re excited to have him start back and would definitely recommend them.
Day Care recommendations in Park SlopeOur daughter went to Honeydew Nook and they discovered her allergy after giving her tofu! She is allergic to eggs, soy, nuts, fish, sesame. They were very accommodating and we never had a problem. After that we also made her lunch each day. Good luck! (June 2019)
2019-2020 Year ReviewI adore Honeydew. My child has been going there since he was 1.5 and it will be very sad when he graduates Pre-K and has to go to a different school. They are wonderful there. Their strategies and philosophies are spot on. They have lovely extracurriculars such as Spanish, dance, and music. They go outside and go to the playground or for community walks. The class size is small which is great. And I am a big fan of both their holiday party and the end-of-the-schoolyear picnic at the carousel in Prospect Park. Truly a great program (for any of the ages they offer care for!) … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals
2019-2020 Year ReviewThe program was incredible. My son loves the teaches San and Richard and comes home talking about everything they do each day. They email us monthly agendas about what the kids will be learning so we can help from home. They have Spanish, movement, music each week and there is so much reading, sensory play, creativity that happens in the class. My son,s speech has really improved and he knows his numbers and is recognizing lots of letters, can write his name as well as some other words. The school also offers aftercare and free educational topics for parents. Also they offer babysitting on the first Friday of every month so parents can go out! We really love everyone at the school! … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals … What would you change? Better communication with parents about any incidents that may happen at school.
2019-2020 Year ReviewMy daughter began attending Honeydew Nook in early January 2019 when she was 3.5 months. The teachers, who were fantastic, loved her and there never had a complaint. On April 24, out of the blue, I received a letter from the administration saying that she no longer had a space starting in September when she turned 1 because the toddler classroom was full. I immediately responded as I was extremely surprised and disappointed as I had been told that to move up to the toddler class, the child would have to be a strong walker and it wasn't strictly age-based. My daughter is physically delayed and in Early Intervention. She currently can't even crawl at 11 months. Furthermore, I have an older son and from my understanding if there isn't a space in the next room then they keep the child in the current room until a space becomes available. They also give priority to currently enrolled families rather than new families and don't just resort to 'kicking' the child out of the program. When I went into the daycare the next day, the teachers were not informed that the administration had sent me this email. There was no response for nearly a week. Finally, the owner/director of Honeydew daycares, Fabiola Santos-Gaerlan emailed me confirming there was no space for Madelyn. Between April and when we left the daycare in July several new children had entered the classroom which didn't align to what Fabiola had said. I'm not sure why our family was targeted by Fabiola as she appears very far removed from the day to day, but I think the whole situation is sad and unprofessional. It's hard enough for a child/family to get accustomed to a daycare only to be told there was no room for them 4 months later. I wouldn't want any other family to go through this situation. … About the facility: Has outdoor space … What would you change? The owner does not have a daycare background. She does not run the business well. The administration is unresponsive.
2019-2020 Year ReviewHoneydew’s daycare program is amazing. The staff are knowledgeable, compassionate, caring, fun, and invested in every child. Our little one is excited to go every day and practically jumps out of my arms to go see teachers and friends. I thought a full day of daycare would be hard for such a young baby but I honestly think it’s harder on me. He has tons of friends and thrives with older and younger ones around- it’s helped his development to see what the older ones do, and he in turn helps the new little ones. He especially loves the music classes and gets excited when we play things from school. I would absolutely send my child again- I am so grateful for Honeydew. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has early morning hours, Provides meals … What would you change? The only issue I had is that the ages are mixed (which is overall a huge plus) but the nap schedule is tailored for the older kids so my little guy started off having to nap with the lights on. He got the hang of it though and the lights do go off in the middle of the day.
Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyWe initially had our new infant enrolled in another program but as the time came for me to return to work I was getting more and more anxious. We reserved our spot about 6 months in advance and during that time the director left. When I visited again I just felt like the teachers were not happy. Then I want to see honeydew nook and the director Carmen was so warm and loving. I asked her if the teachers smile (my baby was super happy and smiley and I was worried she would somehow lose that!) and she had the perfect reply saying if the teachers are not smiling they should not be in this profession. She really put my mind at ease. When I asked the other director the same question she said you cant make people do something not in their nature (!!). The staff at honeydew all seem to genuinely love the kids which is what was most important for me. Needless to say I never started the other program and enrolled our 6month old at honeydew which thankfully had a spot. My baby bonded right away with Leticia who I really felt loved her. I never worried about her during the day because I knew she was being well cared for. Also Carmen is well versed in child development and is big on exposing the kids developmentally appropriate things which I appreciated. About the facility: Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals, take the kids to the pet shop and park What would you change? It would be nice if the space was bigger with more light but at the end of the day the teachers are the most important.
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