Natalia's Sunflower LLC
Daycare for infants to 2-year-olds
Review from the Fall 2021 Early Childhood Education SurveyType of facility: Daycare Review: The staff are extremely warm, helpful and friendly. My son has been going since he was 8 months old and really enjoys his time there. He has learnt a lot from team. They have supported him learning to walk, with his vocabulary etc. They spend most of their time playing, but do have circle time for singing, stories, a puppet show! They also have the kids play in the garden a lot when the weather is nice, and now my son is older he is doing some art projects. The lead teacher's English is so so, but if you speak Spanish you'll have no problems. I don't, but we get by okay. The staff are diverse, which as a PoC was important to me. They use an app to provide a report of what my son has eaten each day, send some photos. We can also message the staff through it. They include nap times, but I don't think this is reflective of my son's individual pattern but rather the same for the whole group. We found their routine really helpful for us to adapt to and they really improved my son's nap schedule. If I have another child in the neighborhood, I would send them without a doubt. The team are reliable and loving. What amenities does the facility provide? Has outdoor space, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? N/a Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? Staff wear masks. They've request my son have a test when returning from travel abroad. They had one case of a parent getting COVID in Dec 2020, this was before we joined but I appreciated the owner being honest with me.
Review from the 2020–2021 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K SurveyReview: Sunflower is a small, female-owned daycare with several locations for different age ranges. We got a really warm feeling about the place as soon as we visited and our daughter is really happy there (she is 14 months and has been there since 5 months). The staff give us constant updates and photos via an app and they genuinely care about the kids having fun and learning. The 0-2 year age range is great for social and physical development and they help you move to a new location when your child gets older. There have been a maximum of 10 children with various schedules (we go full time 4x a week), the brownstone location is great and the included meals are a plus! The only downside is the feeding schedule/plan wasn’t always communicated or understood by all staff immediately - we had to question the team a few times when our daughter was rapidly changing her eating/milk habits. None of the local daycares have prices listed and this was the best value for money of the ones we visited. Facility amenities: Has outdoor space, Provides meals What would you change about the program? I wish all of the age ranges were in one place on different floors - our daughter has already had a few friends go to a new place. Also, we are not allowed inside because of COVID which is a little sad. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school handled the pandemic? Communication is excellent and the handling of the pandemic has made us feel comfortable. Now if they only could have a cure for kids passing colds to each other!
Sunflower Child Care - Any Feedback?Wanted to chime in with another endorsement of Sunflower! My son T. (20 months) has been at the 8th St location since he was 4 months old, and he loves it there! The caregivers are wonderful, and he has big smiles when he greets them every day. It's small (the 8th St location only has a maximum of 10 kids, all 0-2), so it has a really nice neighborhood feel. When my son first started there, they got him on a more consistent nap routine than we could manage at home, and now that he's older, he constantly comes home with new words, and the teachers have been working with him on the alphabet. We've also been pleased with the Covid precautions they're taking and level of communication from the director, especially when things first shut down in March (we sent our son back in June, when they reopened). The location for the older kids is much less convenient for us, so we're going to need to switch when he turns 2 and are already dreading saying goodbye to the wonderful folks at Sunflower!
Sunflower Child Care - Any Feedback?We've been sending our daughter S. (now 17 months) to Sunflower at the 8th Street location since September--we were originally supposed to start last March. We've had a really good experience with them. I find the teachers there very warm and caring and S. loves going to "school" each morning and is smiley when we pick her up. We visited the site before COVID started and liked that it felt homey and intimate but there's also outdoor space for the kids to run around when it's nice out. We get photo and video updates through an app of them outside, singing during "circle time," eating and playing together, etc. You kind of need to press the teachers for details on your kid, I find--they are not super forthcoming on their own but then are glad to engage if you ask questions. S. is, frankly, eating and sleeping better there than she does at home and clearly loves the interaction with other kids. And the organizer, Natalia, has been really responsive to our questions and concerns, especially during covid.
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