I just wanted to pass on my appreciation of the care that my boys Liam and Hayden are receiving at Hopskotch. I have dealt with three or four preschool/day care centres in the past seven years, and Hopskotch by far provides a real family atmosphere.
When I leave my boys in the mornings I know that they will not be seen as a number and if I ask the carers in the afternoon they will be able to tell me specific activities my boys enjoyed or things they said throughout the day.
It is also the first time I have seen the ‘child-directed’ activities in place – although all previous centres professed to have this value. Just one example is even though my Liam asks for the pirate-snap game almost every time he is there, the carers are patient to play it with him and use it to encourage other activities as well.
The quality of the carers at the centre is amazing. They always welcome the children in the morning – I know this seems basic, but I do understand that with a lot of children in the room sometimes it can be hard to see who is coming and going. Not a day goes by without a “Good Morning Liam and Hayden”. The carers are never ‘too busy’ to take the time to just chat for a minute or so at pick-up time to let me know of anything happening or just a little portion of the boys’ day.
I was quite hesitant and anxious when I first brought my boys into the pre-school environment, but now I know they have an opportunity to make new friends and receive care that is just as good as them being at home with me.
I know a lot of the time appreciation and thanks comes when either children or carers leave a centre, but I wanted to express my gratefulness now, when my boys are settled in the centre, and it looks like they will be there for some time to come!!
With many thanks
Maria and Timothy Froome”