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First Week at New School

bee cave tx daycaresAlyssa completed her first week at her new school, Primrose School of Bee Cave.  I'm not very excited that her other school closed and that I had to scramble to find a new one in under a week. 

I'm not thrilled with the lack of choices in the Bee Cave TX area for child care.  In the immediate area, there are two daycares plus three Montessori schools. One daycare is for ages 2 1/2 and up, so that was eliminated easily.  Plus, when I was in there last year to check them out, there was one teacher for about 30 kids at the moment as she said she was waiting for the other teacher... 2 teachers for 30 kids still didn't seem good.

One Montessori school closes at 3:30pm and is only opened Monday through Thursday.  That does not work.  The other two are full time,  but you have to bring lunch each day for the kids at one of them and I prefer the hot lunch option until she's in "real" school.  The other one was in a very "rustic" building, meaning old, and that wasn't very appealing.

With the process of elimination, that left me with Primrose.  When I first interviewed them last year, I was not impressed at all. As a matter of fact, I was disgusted with the entire visit. As I mentioned, I don't have many choices, so I had to look at the school again, with an open mind.  I'll admit, the presentation was a heck of a lot better, but they also knew lots of parents were coming over to tour. They could have cleaned up.  The front desk and Director people are all fairly new, so they weren't part of last year's bad experience.

I would never leave my child in a bad situation or environment, so don't get me wrong. This place is definitely up to standards... but it's not like the old school. There are no cameras so I can't watch her when I have a free moment.  There is no splash pad area for the summer time for the kids to run around in the water.  There is no cafeteria area or gym for the kids to run around and stretch their legs and get a change of scenery from their classroom. There aren't all her old friends as they've all been scattered around the area because of availability to place all the kids.

Just another change she'll have to get used to.  I know I changed schools a lot growing up, and I was hoping to prevent that with my daughter, but she's barely two and she's starting her third school already!!

She seemed to have fun as she was always happy when I picked her up.  Dropping her off was an issue three of the five days.  Their potties are much bigger than her old school so she's afraid of them and the potty training took a dive...  She's tough, and I'm sure next week will be much better!!

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Comment balloon 12 commentsDonna Harris • January 10 2010 10:57AM


Hang in there, relocating a child can be stressful for everyone. Hope she makes the best of her new situation!

Posted by Lisa VonBargen, Estes Park Real Estate Photographer (Photography7522) about 10 years ago

What's great about kids is, they always adapt. I'm sure she'll warm up to it quickly!

Posted by Taylor Shults Philley, Broker, Realtor , GRI (Austin Realty Firm) about 10 years ago

Donna ---- wow -- sounds like a stressful week -- but like you said, children do adapt -- next week, I bet will be great.


Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) about 10 years ago

Hi Donna... one thing I have always noticed is that kids (especially young ones) are quite resilient.  I'm sure that Alyssa will "bounce back" in very little time!  Hang in there.

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 10 years ago

That always was the happiest and saddest days of watching my kids grow up. I can't explain the feeling!
Your friend in the great NW,

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington) about 10 years ago

Donna, Poor kid, third school and only 2!  Kids are resilient and hopefully the adjustment period will pass quickly.  And poddy training will be successfully completed! :)

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) about 10 years ago

Donna - I hope next week is better.  It's always a tough adjustment when you have to switch schools, especially when you start comparing the new school to the old school that you were so happy with.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) about 10 years ago

Donna, I hope this week goes well. My kids are 19 (almost 20), 17 and 13. Although we have stayed in the same area, they have changed schools a number of times for a variety of reasons. We always say, 'Every kid, every year,' in terms of evaluating how well the school is meeting the needs of the child and our family. Just to make it more complex, every school is not right for every child.

I know that we over think it, but you only get one chance to do it right! I am sure your daughter will do well where ever she is since she has you advocating for her!

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) about 10 years ago

You're right, it doesnt sound like there's too much choices for you at Bee Cave. We have lots of day school and tons of Montessori with full-time, school-time, hot lunches, no lunches to select from.Well, you lived in the area before. Would you say there are more selections here?


How far is Bee Cave from Downtown Austin?

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) about 10 years ago

Thank you all for your support.  I dropped her off crying again this morning.  At the last school, the crying was everyday for a month at drop off.  Hopefully, it won't take that long this time.

Loreena, To answer your question, there's a daycare on almost every corner, and sometimes two daycares on each corner in the Dallas area so yes, you guys have WAYYYY more selection. Bee Cave is about 25 minutes from downtown Austin.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 10 years ago

It breaks our heart to hear them cry like that. My son is doing that again since early December when I had to drop him off in different places because my regular sitter was trying to get a full-time job. We havent improved since then. I usually "hide" in the lobby and he cries no more than 2 minutes but it's still hard to be pierced away like that, right?

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) about 10 years ago

Hello Donna - Sorry to hear the you had to find a new school.  Hopefully this one will work out for you.

Posted by Andy Chaudoir, Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas (Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas) about 10 years ago