Smyrna >Community & Social Services > La Petite Academy
1212 Hazelwood Dr, Smyrna, TN | Directions 3716735.961447 -86.520682
Mon. - Fri. 6am - 6pm;Sat. - Sun. CLOSED
This learning daycare is great!!!! It's clean, fun, and the teachers and staff are awesome.
Happy Dad! – My oldest child who is know 9 started here at LPA Smyrna when he was 2 months old. He has always excelled in school and I worked with him alot to get him ready for Kindergarten. He is now in a Magnet school and I couldn't have done it myself. She was a wonderful loving and compassionate teacher. My now 5 year old is getting ready to start Kindergarten this fall and I had some concerns because every child is different and he is not on the same level as my oldest son was. He doesn't really have a intrest to learn, however Ms.Andrea has got him so excited to go to "big school" and he can now do everything from writing his name, spelling site words, recognizing all his letters and the sounds they make, colors, numbers, and I could keep going. He has the attitude that he would rather learn from someone else than me or my wife. My daughter is in the Preschool program and she had some serious seperation issues, because she had stayed home with me for a month while I was unemployed. It took her a couple of weeks to get used to it which broke my heart, but the management and staff emailed pictures at work and called after I left to reassure me she was ok. I have truly been amazed how everyone there goes the extra mile to make the kids safe, happy and the parents as well all while they teach the children thinngs they need to know. I have read some of the negative reviews and all though I am not fully aware of the situation the parent that has made all these nasty threats and allegations told me about this situation and tried to get us to leave as well. Although i was VERY concerned by listening to her she told me she watched in the window for several minutes, I am sorry but if that were my child the police would be there arresting me and I sure wouldn't watch! I talked to managementy and they assured me the situation was being investigated and the Department of Human Services and DCS reported this case Unfounded and there was no police report on file. Also I come in all different times of the day and have never seen a teacher at the computer and they have never been written up for being out of ratio, so I highly doubt the teachers were allowed to come in and write fake reviews. I suggest that if you are looking for a childcare facilty to go tour the school yourself and as a parent you will know which one is a great place for your kids. Its really sad that someone tries to down such a great place because they obviously got kicked out. I am so happy and my kids are too!!!They are safe, secure, compassionate, loving and dependable and that says alot for a parent to feel like they have family taking care of their children
3 stars! – Wonderful daycare with wonderful teachers and staff! The La Petite in Smyrna is so clean and organized. Everyone there is super helpful and caring. I wouldn't take my child to any other daycare in Smyrna.
Clean and educational – When my Mother passed away we didn't have enough money for her funeral so the director, Ms. Michelle took up money to help us out. It really touched my heart and the heart of my family. They truly care about the families of La Petite and it shows in everything they do. No where is perfect and if you're looking for perfection you will always be looking but La Petite is as close as you can get to it. My oldest son was accepted into the magnet school here in Smyrna and that is directly because he attended the Pre-K program at La Petite. Not only was he accepted but so was several of his classmates from La Petite. That says a lot about them. I mean I feel like I had something to do with his success also but they were with him more waking hours than I was because I had to work every day. I have never doubted La Petite's ability to care for and education my children. They are an amazing 3 star rated school. You should check them out for yourself! Thanks again La Petite!!
A – My family has been with La Petite for over 8 years now and we love it as much today, if not more, than we did 8 years ago. Everyone there is so loving and considerate. Ms. Michelle, the Director has always addressed any questions or concerns I've had in a very timely manner. La Petite gets an A+ in our book. Before believing any negative reviews you should look into any child care facility yourself. Some competitors and disgruntled ex-families have motives for writing negative reviews such as not paying their child care bill or La Petite taking children away from their day cares.
I WITNESSED THEM ABUSING MY CHILD-THEY DID NOTHING ABOUT IT! – I personally witnessed a daycare employee abusing my child as well of his 16 mo. old classmates. When you look at the front of La Petite Smyrna, at the very left of the building there is a window to a classroom. I saw the teacher mopping. As I observed, I became disturbed with how she continued to corrall the kids, huddled, in one small area of the room on the carpet so she could clean. She became angrier and angrier with my son who, obviously did not understand that he was suppose to stay on the carpet. She was gritting her teeth as she yanked them by the upper arm back over the the carpet. It was obvious that she was grabbing them pretty hard bc they looked pretty upset. She pushed my son back to the carpet more than once-all the while making angry faces. This continued for several minutes when my young toddler son got off the carpet again to bring her a block. She snatched it out of his hands and threw it across the room then shoved him hard on the back again. I went in, got my son and immediately spoke to the director. The “teacher” was put on leave for a week and was allowed to come back on a “safety plan” which meant that she could be there with the children but had to be with another adult at all times. Really!? I asked the director, if you have an adult working with small children that has to be with another adult at all times, doesn’t that tell you that they don’t belong? They tried to smooth it over with their little “safety plan.” Upon seeing that they allowed the teacher back my husband and I asked Michelle Jones, the director how the situation would be in reverse. “If you saw a parent abuse one of your employees, having inappropriate physical contact, would that parent be allowed back in this facility?” She stated “no.” I then went on to point out the obvious “Well then why in the world is this person who abused my helpless child allowed back in this building? To get a second chance at him?” She tried to quickly usher us out the door so that the other parents would not hear. Not only did this lead us to the sad realization that we had to leave because any daycare that allows a teacher to abuse the children with only a slap on the wrist (a week of leave) obviously 1) does not take this very seriously and 2) are not putting the children first, but the La Petite situation also put us in a scramble to find a new daycare immediately. I am sure that when they see this review, La Petite will again solicit current parents to write reviews refuting this information & give the ole “disgruntled ex-employee” explanation. If you would like to check into the validity of this review, just call the Smyrna Police department regarding my assault report on the La Petite employee. It happened in January 2011. The director, Michelle, is very good at what she does-as far as selling her daycare. She will tell you anything to your face & acts another way behind your back. She obviously is concerned with nothing more than the bottom line ($$$) for her corporate daycare than she is with the welfare of our most precious asset: our children!! Shame on La Petite! For the record, my son has been at his new daycare for several weeks now. He has come home with not ONE accident report or bruise on his body. Its amazing that with La Petite, we thought that bruises on his head and scratches on his arm were just a normal expectation of daycare!! Good luck to you La Petite. You can take your corporate daycare, your excuses of “it was not our decision,” blaming the choice to let this employee back on your higher ups and stick it! I have taken my son to a daycare that looks at him as a person, one that is more than a number in your corporate quota mill, someone who however small he is still deserves respect. I am truly disgusted with this daycare!
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