Tiddlywinks Preschool Program (Piedmont, CA)
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Tiddlywinks Preschool Program
Hi Parents, Any recent feedback on Piedmont Rec Department's Tiddlywinks program would
be greatly appreciated.
My daughter is in tiddlywinks right now and loves it. We love all the teachers
and my daughter who can be quite shy and slow to warm up has bonded with all four
of them! She still clings at drop off even though she's been going since
September but all the teachers are sensitive to her need to be held or attended
to to make the drop off transition go smoothly. My daughter also has some dietary
limitations that they've been great about as well. I feel conflict between the
kids is handled sensitively and appropriately. They are great with aiding in the
potty training process. My daughter has so much to tell me after every day of
school and I feel she's really grown socially and in her confidence in herself.
We really couldn't be happier there and are sad to have to move on to another
preschool for next year.
Our daughter started Tiddlywinks in September, 2012. Previously, she had been
taken care of by a parent or a nanny (10 hours per week). She absolutely LOVES
it!!! She runs into school each day! We are thrilled. She is not the type of
kid who has transition difficulties, but the teachers handled the first day tears
of some wonderfully. They have themes and have talked about and done projects
related to the forest, farms, gardens, ect.. There is lots of art. The outside
space is a little small, but just fine for two and three year olds. It is in a
beautiful setting. I picked her up last week, and they were putting worms and
seeds into soil. I would be happy to tell you more of our experience if you
would like, but it really has been a positive pre-pre-school experience with play
and a circle time.
I'm considering the Tiddlywinks program at the Piedmont Rec
Center for my 2-year old this fall. It would be his first drop-
off school experience. Does anyone have any recent experience
with this program? I'd love to hear your opinion about the
teachers and the program-- positives and negatives. Thanks!
Both my daughters went to Tiddlywinks, and I highly recommend it. My
older daughter had a hard time in the beginning, but the teachers were
great and would sit and read books with her or include her in art
projects until she warmed up to the other kids. They would always let
me know when she had had a hard day, which I really appreciated. For
my younger daughter, it has been a totally different experience. She
was so ready to go to school like her big sister that she never looks
back once she gets through the preschool door. But with both kids, I
always felt like the teachers were very responsive to their needs,
that the activities were engaging and varied, and that it was a good
I've searched the archives here for Piedmont preschools and camps
but didn't find any. I am at the moment looking at the Piedmont
Recreation Department catalog thinking about doing a summer trial
run (if my daughter can get in--I'm late to the registration
party) at Tiddlywinks and/or Tot Zone. Anyone have any
experience with these programs? I noticed the Tiddlywinks
program says they have a 7:1 child:teacher ratio, but the Tot
Zone info doesn't say anything about a ratio they try to keep.
My son attended Tiddlywinks last summer, and is enrolled again
for this summer. We loved the program last year when he had
just turned 2. It's a wonderful way to introduce your child to
a social group and have them spend a little time away from you.
Both directors, Ida and Michelle, are great and bring different
styles to the program. I know they are full for this summer,
but I don't know about the status of the waitlists.
I looked at Totzone last fall as an occassional option for
childcare and was unimpressed. I can't speak to the program
because we never sent our son there, but it did not appear to
be the same level of care as Tiddlywinks.
I highly recomend Tiddlywinks. Our daughter goes there now and loves
signed her up for the summer session. Michelle, the head teacher, is
plans fun activities for the kids (she had puppeteers from Fairyland
come in December
to put on the Nutcracker, they walk to the fire station to get a tour
and check out the
trucks, etc). We've been really happy with Tiddlywinks, and our
daughter has grown
and learned a lot. We've never used Tot Zone as our nanny picks her up
afternoon, but I've seen the room in the Rec Dept building and it looks
like the kids are
having fun. If you want any more info about Tiddlywinks, feel free to
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