Richmond Hill Montessori Preschool - Richmond Hill GA Child Care Learning Center

2933 US Highway 17, Richmond Hill GA 31324
(912) 756-4554
2 Reviews

About the Provider

Description:

At Richmond Hill Montessori Preschool, we believe that children have a natural desire to learn, and that our role is to help them discover their world by providing them with a well-equipped environment full of enriched experiences. The unique Montessori prepared environment makes it possible for every child to receive individual presentations and to work with self-correcting materials. They also serve as the foundation for success with cognitive language and math manipulative skills being key fundamentals of a quality education.

Additional Information:

Serving children since 1994 in our NAEYC nationally accreditated  progressive Montessori child care and preschool.

Has School Age Summer Care;

Program and Licensing Details

  • Capacity: 288
  • License Number: CCLC-33758
  • Age Range: Infant, Toddler, Preschool, School-age
  • Achievement and/or Accreditations QualityRated_Participant; NAEYC
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: Yes
  • Languages Supported: English, Spanish
  • Type of Care: Before and After School, Daytime, Full-Time, Kindergarten
  • Transportation: Public school transportation to and from

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Inspection/Report History

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Report Date Arrival Time Report Type
2017-04-11 08:15 AM Monitoring Visit
2016-11-16 08:45 AM Licensing Study
2016-04-06 08:10 AM Monitoring Visit
2015-12-02 08:20 AM Licensing Study
2015-05-21 08:45 AM Monitoring Visit
2014-12-23 09:35 AM Licensing Study

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Reviews

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Concerned Mom Aug 01, 2013

I had such high hopes for this daycare facility after looking at all the major ones in Richmond Hill (Children's Village, Ford, PALS, First Christian). When my son started in early 2013 the RHMS was at the old location on Ford Avenue and things seemed fine. After the children moved to the new facility on Route 17 everything fell apart.

The owner, Audrey, and director, Marcie, seem disinterested in any personable relationship with their clients, i.e., parents and kids. It's very obvious to them that RHMS is more of a business than a loving-care relationship between RHMS, parents, and children. The kids might as well walk around with a dollar figure over their heads as far as the leadership is concerned. Little compassion or regard that clients are people. The communication that comes our of RHMS is lacking. Parents get immediate, pointed emails about rate increases or taxes or cost concerns but LITTLE ELSE. I was shocked one day in July 2013 when I walked in to what I thought was my son's room just to find everything gone. The staff moved the entire class, kids, gear, and all, to an adjoining room without notice. I arrived home a few hours later to receive an after-the-fact notice about the move. Many kids in the class, mine included, had sleep disruptions for the next few days due to the jolt. Two-year-olds aren't as resilient as adults and the staff should know better.

The upper management staff seems to treat the employees with a similar disregard since in the six months my son attended there was a total turnover TWICE of the caregivers in his room. I watched Audrey, the director, reprimand an employee over my son's diaper hygiene using false information. I felt badly but there was nothing I could do. Eventually the employee left RHMS along with all the other caregivers my son loved. Kids don't bond with facilities, they bond with people, and if RHMS can't keep good ones then I don't recommend RHMS to any parent. In the last month I've seen five new faces caring for my son. I'm tired of introducing myself, and with the last three I never bothered and none of the new caregivers ever introduced themselves. The situation is too fluid to be a sign of good care.

The new facility itself is a disaster. The flooring is concrete and the ceiling is not sound-dampening so the echoes of just a few kids is deafening. With a full class of 20, a child is certainly at risk of noise pollution to their ears even when the kids are relatively calm and quiet. The security system using touchscreen units doesn't work as designed and the upper management doesn't seem to care enough to get it fixed. The outdoor play area drains poorly which means many days are void of adequate exercise.

When I first started our son in January 2013 it was with the express agreement with the upper management staff (I have it in writing) that my son be placed with another family to share part-time care. I first applied back in June 2012 and waited six months for such an arrangement. It never came. When I got tired of waiting I started him at RHMS full-time anyway with the express assurance by the staff that an arrangement would be worked out "once we move to the new building." I gave it about a month after the move, then asked the staff. I was quoted a ridiculous prorated tuition fee: $50 per day at a time when the full-time tuition was $168 per week, or $33.60 per day. That means that by taking my son three days a week to RHMS you only save $18 when compared to full-time rates. I asked repeatedly how the prorated tuition was calculated and no one could explain. Other times when I asked how it was calculated I got a blank stare. I have a degree in accounting so I can understand financial transactions, but apparently none of the staff at RHMS can. I asked the parents of part-time kids in my son's class what they paid, and everyone had a different number. Two parents told me, "well, Audrey [the owner] gave me a special rate." What?!?

Please consider my experience when choosing a daycare facility for your child. I'm not a picky parent, just concerned about basic aspects in a facility. My husband is an Army soldier who spends a lot of time sleeping in the mud and eating cold food, so when he's concerned about RHMS and wants our son pulled out then the quality of care must be questioned. Will your kids survive RHMS? Sure. Will anyone except the upper management be happy in the process? No.

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lpfauth Apr 01, 2013

I would like to share a story with you about a local pre-school/daycare in Richmond Hill, The Richmond Hill Montessori, in which my wife and I were refused service due to wanting to supply our own child with organic food. There were many reasons explained to us which doesn’t add up to not accepting him as a student, “we would need a prescription from a nutritionist”, “their NAEYC license did not permit organic food”, “that it would become an issue during family meal time”, were among some of the non-credible excuses that were given. After a lengthy discussion about supplying home food for children with allergies and how other similar pre-schools/daycare were accepting of allowing us to supply our sons own organic food, the staff member informed us that she predicted it to be a problem. We explained that we would supply the same snacks that the other children receive so that he wouldn’t seem different, but she had no response to our willingness to try and work with the school. We toured three schools in total and decided that Richmond Hill Montessori was the best fit for our son, I told her this and she thanked me for thinking so highly of the school and I asked what we needed to do to make sure our son could be put on the waiting list for the next spot available, she informed me that she would call back when something was available. I decided to push and tell her how important it was for us get our child enrolled so that the transition may be easier for him at his age and she started to speak again about our choice to feed him organic food, but if we wanted to go ahead and pay the registration fee we could and that they would hold his spot. We were willing to drive over and hand her a check when she asked if we had the prescription from the nutritionist. I explained to her again that we have a letter from our sons pediatrician that stated how we feed our son only organic food and that he agrees and advised the daycare/preschools to allow us to provide his meals/snacks. She informed me that it wasn’t enough and we would need to sign a religious belief form as well as the prescription. I asked her if the children who have allergies have so much trouble being enrolled in the school, she said no, I asked her if they were picked on, she said no, I then asked her if it is troublesome to give those children their food that was brought into school from home, she said no, so what exactly is the problem here? We have a letter from the pediatrician, we will sign a religions form and we even went as far as telling her we would follow the schools meal plan with his food, and she still said she would call us back. I then asked if we could bring the registration fee to the school and she said she wouldn’t need it anymore. This is discrimination against my child for eating organic food! If my child had an allergy, the same process of bringing food from home would be in place and there would be no issue of any sort. I am sure as you read this you are wondering why we do not enroll him at another school who told us that they would gladly feed him what we bring in, but the point is that all of these other schools are licensed through NAEYC as well, which the staff member used when telling me the license doesn’t allow organic food. We also looked into the BFTS License in which the Montessori school holds and I quote from under 591-1-1 Food Service and Nutrition section “(8) Modified Diets. When a child requires a modified meal for medical reasons, a written statement from a medical authority shall be on file. When a child requires a modified diet for religious reasons, a written statement to that effect from the child’s parents shall be on file. All caregiver personnel shall be informed of the diet restriction for the child and only food that complies with the prescribed dietary regimen but still meets the food and nutrition requirements shall be served to the child”. The staff member told me there were two spots available the day of the tour, she wanted to check with a family that had been on the list first to be sure, I called this morning to check on our status and she said she had not heard from the family and would return my phone call, which is the conversation I have stated above, after remembering that there were two spots I asked her if the family had taken both spots, and she informed me they did, if this is true, I do not know but I do know that we were willing to pay and enroll him today. Not only does this infuriate me because my child is being discriminated against but because we are giving our son healthy food and are being shunned away for it. We understand there are rules and regulations that Richmond Hill Montessori has to follow, however we are not breaking any regulations. We feel that this is an issue that we want to make our community aware of as the regulations say nothing about organic diets. There are many parents who believe that feeding their children organic food is best and this will not be the last time someone could be refused enrollment because of their beliefs.
Feeding our son organic food is not the issue and to be honest, we aren’t sure why there is an issue.

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