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Little b, Big B Daycare (Berkeley, CA)
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An intimate homey family daycare, run by the amazing
Betsy and her wonderful second-in-command Barbara, and
located in Berkeley, close to the Live Oak Park. My
daughter was there and we just moved on and left an
opening. My daughter was a year old when we started,
which is pretty young, but I instantly knew she was in
good capable hands and she felt right at home. She
actually still asks about ''my Betsy and Babi''
As a preschool teacher I was very happy with the variety
of activities offered: They go on walks almost every day,
and play inside (books, puzzles, music, dress up and
pretend play etc.) and out on the deck or on the grass
(water play, toy cars to drive etc.). They make their own
food, and everything is clean and well thought of.
I feel so lucky to have found them and I know that as
long as we stay in Berkeley, this will be my #1 first
If you want more details feel free to contact me!
We'd like to strongly recommend little b Big B daycare, run by Betsy Maisel &
Barbara Randle. Our son started there when he was 6 months old, and
graduated to preschool at age 3. Our daughter, 2, started at 6 months too &
currently attends little b Big B. Like her brother, she loves it so much that it
takes some convincing to "extract" her at pick-up time. We chose little b Big b
in 2009 because we felt at home the moment we stepped into the house.
We'd been looking for a small, family-run daycare that would be like an
extension of our family (our families are overseas). We were also looking for
people that shared our values. Betsy & Barbara are very loving, & the kids love
them in turn. They're as honest & trustworthy as anybody you could find.
During school holidays the house bustles with their "alumni", which tells its
own story. We've been lucky having Betsy & Barbara in our lives, and both of
our children, (1 outgoing, 1 shy) love them and consider them part of the
family. The kids ask for Barbara to come over and babysit. A Berkeley local & a
parent herself, Betsy has been a terrific source of information and guidance
on all things Berkeley. We can't recommend little b Big B enough. We're only
sorry that we've run out of kids to send there!
Aida & Steve
My 21 month year old daughter has attended Little B, Big B
daycare since she was 9 months old. When I was looking for
childcare for my daughter I didn't think I would find a
place that was going to love and nurture her the way that I
would (of course) as her mom. Betsy and Barbara (the
caregivers) have gone above and beyond my hopes and dreams
for caring for my daughter. Their love and guidance is both
gentle and fair. The children play together in a very
loving way. Since my daughter does not have siblings,
Little B, Big B has felt like an extension of our family. I
just couldn't be happier! Outside there is a large,
beautiful deck with outdoor toys for the kids to play and
enjoy the fresh air. As well as light filled rooms with
developmentally appropriate toys and a nap room with a grand
piano. If you're looking for a safe, loving environment
where you child will be cared for and nurtured so they can
blossom into their little selves, this is the place! The
phone number is (510) 684-1131.
I am writing to recommend a family daycare run by Betsy Maisel and Barbara Randle. My child has attended this daycare for over a year and he goes there still. Simply put, Betsy and Barbara are two of the most warm and wonderful people I know. They are all about children. They know my son's food/ clothes/ sleep/ play likes and dislikes. They know what cheers him up when he is sad. They follow all is cherished rituals, such as knocking on the other side of the door when he arrives. They love him and he loves them. Under their care children have lots of outdoor play, make art, hear stories, eat healthy snacks, dance to live piano music and are cared for much like at home. They also learn important skills for interacting with other children. Overall, they have created a happy, positive environment where children thrive. Betsy and Barbara currently have openings in their family daycare. If you would like to question me further about my experience at Little B, Big B, feel free to contact me (Laurie). Otherwise, contact Betsy directly. Contact: Betsy Maisel, firstname.lastname@example.org, (510) 898-1713
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