Tiny Steps - St Johns Place
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: 33 St. John's Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Type of facility: Daycare Review: My daughter went here full-time from ages 7-17 months. She absolutely loved it & would sometimes squeal with happiness when we'd arrive at daycare in the mornings! The caregivers were warm, caring, and communicative when needed. They genuinely seemed to care for our daughter & delight in her growth milestones as much as we did. The kids seemed to play a lot in the backyard even on chilly days, so I was glad to know my daughter got plenty of outdoor time during the week. They also provide all solid foods & whole milk once children make the transition, which is a huge stress reliever not having to prep all meals/snacks all week. And the hours were 8am-6pm which fit well with my family's work schedules & commutes. Overall it was a hugely positive experience, and knowing our daughter was safe & happy here made transitioning back to work easier! What amenities does the facility have? Has outdoor space, Provides meals Is there anything you would like to add about how the school is handling the pandemic? They had to close down only 1 week because a child had COVID. I think they handled the pandemic well overall, and caregivers were pretty much always wearing masks when I saw them. Parents were also conscientious to wear masks at drop off & pick up.
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: 38 St. Johns Place Type of facility: Daycare Review: I set my son to Tiny Steps (now 4) and was thrilled when I could enroll my daughter "post" Covid (she's now 2.5). They are incredibly warm, loving, and dedicated. My kids have both loved all the activities they offer - daily craft projects, extensive outdoor play, Spanish class, yoga class, music class, etc. They also feed the children, which is hugely helpful as a busy parent. The teachers stay in touch with photos and updates and are always very responsive. English is not the first language of the teachers, so you have to be comfortable with that, but we have always been happy with their communication (and both our kids are very verbal!). They're also in the process (nearly complete) of potty training my daughter - they truly helped make it happen. We have loved our time at Tiny Steps! What amenities does the facility have? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything? Nothing - it's been a fabulous and enriching daycare for both our kids. Is there anything you would like to add about how the school is handling the pandemic? They were great about masking and cleaning.
Review from the Spring 2022 Early Childhood Education SurveyLocation: Park Slope Type of facility: Daycare Review: We love Tiny Steps. We love the staff. Many of them have been with TS for years, which speaks to how they are treated as professionals. The care invested in the staff carries over to the care they have for the kids. The kids are so kind to one another. They give each other hugs when they see one another at the playground after school or on weekends. They like to spend time with each other. They also do a lot of "projects" at school. They have Spanish class, yoga, and regular puppet shows. There's also a terrific backyard and they spend a ton of time outside in the warmer months. The staff also makes sure to put sunscreen on the kids when they go out. What amenities does the facility have? Has outdoor space, Has after-school options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals
Tiny Steps locationsWe've been at Tiny Steps St. Johns (both locations) and loved it. I've had friends and neighbors at all of the locations and everyone has been really happy. The staff also stays for a really long time -- many have been with Tiny Steps for 10+ years, which is far outside the norm and speaks to how they are treated. I think that carries over to how well the kids are treated.
Review from the 2019–2020 Daycare, Preschool, Pre-K, and K SurveyReview: The caregivers at Tiny Steps truly love what they do and give all the children care and attention. As an in-home daycare center, there is a comfortable vibe and a backyard for outdoor playtime. Pre-Covd, the children had daily classes -- Spanish, Music, Yoga, etc. -- as well as daily craft projects and outdoor play when the weather is nice enough. They reopened in July, and they continue to do craft projects, but the classes are now virtual and less frequent. My daughter is always happy to go, frequently speaks about her friends and caregivers, and is stimulated by the day's activities. I'd say that Tiny Steps is somewhat less structured than other daycares, but it meets my daughter's current needs as a curious two-year-old. She attended the infant room across the street since she was 5 months old, and we also had a good experience there. They have helped us transition her to solid foods, cut down on naps, and transition from cruising to walking. My only complaint is that communication is often sparse -- after we moved to the toddler room, we didn't really know what our daughter did all day and only learned that they did classes every day after the caregiver explained it during pick-up -- and there was a relatively high turnover of secondary caregivers (primary caregivers were the same throughout our time here). When we came back this summer, when Covid cases were lower, they mandated protocols (temperature checks, more frequent washing of hands, low-contact drop-offs), but it was less extensive than I saw on other preK and daycare websites. Next year, when she turns 3, we'll be looking to enroll her in a more structured preK. Amenities offered: Has outdoor space, Provides meals What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? More communication about activities, daily routines, and caregiver changes
in person child care centers/schools for full time...Tiny Steps (day care) is still open, I believe. They were very good for us pre-pandemic. More like a day care than a preschool, but it’s definitely full time.
2019-2020 Year ReviewOur daughter, now 2 years 1 month old, has been going to Tiny Steps Daycare 2 to 3 days a week for the past seven months, and she loves it. Its hours are 8am to 6pm Mon-Fri. Most of the children are 5 days a week, but some (like ours) are part-time arrangements. It’s a really nice peer group for her: 9 other toddlers her age, and 3 caregivers/teachers. The location is the entire ground floor of a brownstone plus a spacious backyard play area. TS provides a decently healthy menu of breakfast, lunch, and two snacktimes; morning and afternoon play-based group activities; naptime 1230-230; and open playtime (lots of toys in a playroom, plus the big backyard) in morning and at end of day. TS uses the Mother Goose early-childhood curriculum for many of the group play/learning activities, plus a rotation of visiting teachers offers weekly music, yoga, Spanish and more. Our daughter loves the teachers, almost always hugs them at morning drop-off and is always happy when I pick her up 8 hours later. Overall we’ve been extremely pleased with Tiny Steps and we especially appreciate their part-time availability. … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Provides meals … What would you change? One minor downside is that the teachers, while extremely caring and warm and sweet, are all from a non-English-speaking background and their English is somewhat limited and heavily accented. I mention this in case daily exposure to highly fluent English is an important criterion for you.
2019-2020 Year ReviewTiny Steps feels like an amateur daycare in all the best ways: homey (actually same layout as my apartment) with young nannies who are full of love for the kids, homemade meals and outdoor space. We've been very happy with the value for money of both the baby and the toddler locations and are planning on sending our newborn there in a few months as well. It's been very liberating to know they provide meals and they will figure things out when needed (forgot diapers or need a change of clothes, they'll figure out. Heard of others that will make you go back and resolve immediately). As an anecdote that really warmed my heart, when we moved our son from the "babies" location to the one across the street for toddlers, they first took him for only a few hours a day. Then, when the real move was to happen, they switched a nanny into the toddler location so he'd be with his favorite one in the new location for several days. Finally, apparently kept visiting him for weeks to play with him during babies' naps. It actually only took him 4 days to get used to the new location, and it was never too dramatic. I really appreciate how much they did to help him transition and how much they love him! … About the facility: Has outdoor space, Provides meals … What would you change? They're informal: beyond the main nanny in either location, they will switch constantly the nannies without informing us. Also, don't get a lot of pictures, maybe once every few weeks or if I ask. That's both a good and bad, I wouldn't want them spending their time taking pictures either...
Preschool or a second year at daycare?There's also an in-between option. Our 22m old has been at a daycare's (Tiny Steps) 2-3s program for the last few months. It's been really amazing how much he's grown by being with older kids, having slightly more structured activities (yoga, cooking class, different toys) and the chance to run around screaming more with the older boys and for us, it's still felt like daycare (8-6pm everyday with no ridiculous school holidays to navigate yet).
Review from the 2018/2019 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyMy child LOVES Tiny Steps, and I do, too. I can tell that the ladies who work there truly love my son, and the feeling is mutual. They give each other a huge embrace upon arrival and departure; it's so sweet. He does lots of cool activities like cooking and crafts and they always play outside in the big backyard. Communication with the owner is immediate and friendly. I couldn't be happier with our choice. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Provides meals What would you change? nothing
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyPros: - one of the most affordable options in Prospect Heights - they provide milk (if you want) and solid foods, including 2 snacks per day and a hot lunch - outdoor space where the kids can play - loving, trustworthy caretakers who our son has really become attached to Cons: - communication can be a challenge. Sometimes only the lead teacher speaks fluent english. Don't get a lot in terms of updates at the end of the day, but our son has always seemed happy and enjoys going there, so we haven't been too concerned. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Provides meals.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyOur son attended Tiny Steps full time (45+ hours per week) from age 20 months through 36 months and we were very pleased with the daycare. The caregivers were loving and warm and our son bonded strongly with them and the other children. He enjoyed going to daycare and, after the initial transition period, was happy to be dropped off and happy when we picked him up. The caregivers were helpful in communicating our about son's needs and well-being and coordinating things like potty-training with us (they are patient and willing to proceed based on the family and child's readiness) but did not regularly share much information about general growth or observations. They provided structure through daily routines and enrichment through various classes like yoga, music, and Spanish. Tiny Steps has long hours if needed, flexible scheduling options, and provides basically healthy meals (although I would have wanted healthier snacks). Our only other complaint was that the art projects and learning were very rote instead of being focused on creativity and exploration, so we found a preschool setting for our son once he turned three. If we had a second child, we would certainly use Tiny Steps again for daycare until the child was ready for a more structured preschool setting. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Has early morning hours, Provides meals.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyOur 2 year old son started at Tiny Steps recently after our previous day care closed unexpectedly due to a licensing issue. We have been so pleased with the caregivers and curriculum - they spent all of March learning (and creating adorable crafts) about the solar system and are now focused on ocean life, but there is also plenty of time for outdoor and indoor playing. He is greeted with a hug or high-five each morning and is so happy to see his friends and teachers. We just started potty training and they have been helpful and on board with our preferred method. And as a huge bonus they provide all meals and snacks. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Has afterschool options, Provides meals.
Review for Daycare: Tiny Steps St. Johns Place locationChild's Age: 10 months Time attended: 4 months I highly recommend Tiny Steps (St. Johns' Place location) as a daycare. Our daughter S has attended Tiny Steps since she was 6 months old. It's difficult to entrust your baby to people who are essentially strangers at first, but the caretakers at Tiny Steps made the transition very easy. From the start, they were loving, flexible, communicative. They send home a report each day, and were responsive to any requests or questions we had. S loves going to daycare and gets excited every morning when we approach Tiny Steps. We very much trust her caretakers and have been very happy with our experience.
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