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Loveworks Child Care Center (South Burlington)

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Loveworks Child Care Center (South Burlington)
1820 Shelburne Road
South BurlingtonVT 05403
(802) 859-0044

Ages: 0 - 12

Cost: Call for rates.

Parking: Yes

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Loveworks offers year-round programs for children six weeks old through Pre-Kindergarten. All classes offer excellent loving care along with activities to enhance fine and gross motor skills, language development, learning through discovery, social and emotional skills, and plenty of explore and outside time. The name Loveworks was selected to highlight the love that is experienced when working with young children and to accentuate wanting all children to feel love in their heart and share that love with others. This is emphasized daily through our character development, where children learn about kindness, friendliness, respect, compassion, cooperation, and manners. Children learn to care for each other, including all living elements in nature as well as care of property. At Loveworks Child Care Centers, children will know they are loved and that love with shine from their hearts.

Loveworks was created in 2016 as a new branch of the HeartworksRenaissance, and Endeavor Schools organization. Loveworks is for families looking for full-time, year-round quality child care. 

Formerly, Leaps and Bounds Childcare.

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Sbmom

  • 5

Reviewed on 10/17/2017

In all honesty, loveworks (leaps and bounds) was not the first choice in child care centers when we were looking for care. We got on many waitlist she, and there were going to be no spots when we needed care. So we expanded our search and toured a few centers, leaving with the thought that maybe one of us would just stay home.

When we went to leaps and bounds (now loveworks) we left feeling very optimistic and decided to give it a try. Our daughter, now almost two, started at 4 months, and we have been so happy and grateful that we were able to get a spot for her. When our name came up on a waiting list for our first choice center, about four months after she had started at leaps and bounds (loveworks) we decided to not move her because she was so happy and thriving where she was. She has loved her teachers since day 1- and the staff has remained consistent with minimal turnover through the entire time she has been there! She is happy at drop off, happy when we pick her up (but sad to leave for the day, which is always a good sign), has grown exponentially and met or exceeded her developmental milestones, and has so many art projects and activities that she shares with us! The staff are so patient and great with all the kids- even when I've popped in unexpectedly to drop something off or pickup early- and the love and support they showed our entire family when we went through a very difficult time was above and beyond what a typical childcare center would do. The sense of community,belonging, and helping each other is impressive. At the end of the day, those are the values I want my child to have, and she is getting all that and more at loveworks! Thank you for the care, guidance, education and love you provide our child!!! We couldn't be happier or more grateful that we never have to worry about her while we have to be working 😊 It may not have been our first choice, but it quickly became clear that we had made the right choice for our daughter, and if we ever need childcare in the future, it will certainly be where we look first!...more

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tanyawl

  • 5

Reviewed on 10/11/2017

My son (15 months old) has been going there since he was 3 months old. He loves it and has been thriving there! All of the staff are super friendly and are very good with the kids. They really made it easy to transition him to daycare and he always happy going and at pick up. They have always given him the extra attention he needs if he's having a rough day or not feeling well. I would recommend this center to anyone.

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camspaul

  • 5

Reviewed on 09/13/2017

Great daycare! All the teachers are amazing! I have a child enrolled in there center and couldn't be happier!

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Mommy121019

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Reviewed on 11/15/2016

I recently ended my employment and my child's care at Leaps and Bounds a couple months ago. I loved pretty much all of the people I worked with but I had a bad experience with the management. Every time I'd ask a question, give opinions, or ask for suggestions to help children in my classroom I'd get snapped at or told it wasn't my problem or concern. When put "in charge" with another staff member while the center director was on maternity leave, I was never told what was going on so when staff came to me with questions I didn't have answers for them because there was a complete lack of communication between the owner, executive director, and the staff. The executive director greets you with a fake smile, voice, and a fake happy attitude. I always felt like she was talking down to me and other staff members. Her answer for an infant to fall asleep was to let them cry it out in their crib. I was not allowed to keep my own teaching tools there due to their pre planned curriculum that NEVER changes. The children weren't interested and they either couldn't do it or it was way too dumbed down for them to care. Coloring was coloring books. There was never different scrap paper and blank paper offered as a choice.
I pulled my son from this center due to him coming home with boogers on his face, seeing him run out of the classroom and his teacher not even notice...multiple times in one day. His curriculum was coloring with markers every day and his teacher never communicated with him in a positive way. Always yelling. I was told that my son with 3-4 word sentences needed more words and used less than 5 words on a regular basis. (My son was about 20 months at the time). He went through a major regression because his teacher was not trying to work on anything with him. He started saying "Eh" to ask for things. Tantruming, and was always grumpy.
When my fiancé wrote a professional email based on his experience with the center I was confronted saying it was harsh and uncalled for. He simply wrote that the turn over rate was high, the management is only in it for the money and they don't care about the children or staff in the center. He also stated that he never knew who was going to be in our sons classroom and that there was no consistency at all.
I DO NOT recommend Leaps and bounds for families or teachers. I waited it out for a year to see if things got better so we didn't have to transition our son to a whole new center. During that time there where about 10-12 staff members that were fired or quit. Since I left 2 months ago, 5 of us have left. The management is now writing letters to families lying to them! Telling them that so many teachers have left because they don't want to further their education to become qualified based on the new state regulations. Which is a lie for every single person that has left. Everyone left due to not being able to deal with a boss that was so incredibly unprofessional with her staff and attitude.
Please save yourself the trouble and look elsewhere for employment and childcare.
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Greenmtndad

  • 5

Reviewed on 09/20/2014

I am writing this review for the Leaps and Bounds childcare center on Shelburne Road in South Burlington.

I am a parent of a child who attends this school for a long time and have had only the utmost in pleasant professional experiences with this organization.

My child regularly comes home and excitedly tells me about their day, the adventures they had and the friends they played with. They wake up each morning and eagerly await going to school. When I leave the school I feel confident and assured that my child is in the hands of the capable, caring and professional staff who greet us each morning.

In regards to the recent distasteful post by "VTmommo" I would like to rebut and address a few factual inaccuracies that are detailed in this slanderous and aggressive post.

First it is stated that the staff is uneducated, uninformed and uncommunicative. This appears to hardly be the truth. Most of the teachers according to their publicly posted profiles on the wall show that most are college educated and experience child car professionals.

Uncommunicative also seems a but untruthful. My child's teachers are always available to speak during drop off and pickup. Further my child is sent home with a notebook to further facilitate communication.

I cannot speak to the internal communication issues you highlight that your "friend" disclosed to you. However being in a "word-of-mouth" advertisement based business it seems a bit of a stretch. It sounds like your "friend" might have been an underperforming, lackluster childcare provider and I personally am glad that your "friend" no longer works there. We are probably all better off.

The last section "VTmommo" highlights is the lack of training specifically the CPR/first aid certification.

According to Vermont DCF child care licensing rules and regulations: Section 2, Subsection, Bullet Personnel #11 states within six months of hire all paid staff members shall have obtained training in CPR. And basic first aid. Further at least one CPR staff person shall be on site at all time.

I noticed that the center recently produced a training session for their staff and learned that the all of their long term staff was certified and all new hires were becoming certified ahead of schedule.

In closing I highly recommend this center for all of your childcare needs and unequivocally give this review five stars.

Thank you for your time.
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VTmommo

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Reviewed on 09/11/2014

All Leaps and Bounds centers are terribly run. The staff is uneducated, uninformed, and uncommunicative. A friend of mine worked at this center, and was not given a handbook to be informed of regulations, she was not cpr and first aid certified when starting there and they knew this, yet let her be in a classroom with children (illegal) and the staff is not helpful to newcomers. The owners have a little saying "There's another family around the next corner." Which explains their policy of standing by their inept decisions to the bitter end. When it comes to children, what the parents say goes; that is not how it goes at Leaps and Bounds because that would make the teachers actually work. What the teachers really do when you leave is sit around, react to what children do instead of being proactive, and teachers incessantly gossip about families, what children are wearing, what they are given to eat, children's behavior, etc. They are condescending at every turn, but put on happy smiley faces when parents are there. Please Do Not leave your children with these people. If the owners could make as much money doing something else, they would. They simply take advantage of family's need for childcare. ...more

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kbirdfnp

  • 5

Reviewed on 03/13/2014

I have had my daughter here for 17 months...since she was about 2 months old! I have always been happy with the care she has received. As another reviewer mentioned, I am not employed by them. I am a healthcare provider and have high standards for my daughter's care. They are organized, clean, and they LOVE my child. Tons of natural light, huge windows, lots of crafts and activities. My daughter has come home knowing songs and hand motions. I also love that they try and go outside EVERY DAY! She LOVES it there.

The director is so friendly and isn't afraid to jump in and care for the kids. She seems to truly enjoy it too. She is always so accommodating, especially when I call EVERY single day to check on my munchkin. I recommend this place to my friends and patients!
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sweeners29

  • 5

Reviewed on 04/16/2013

First of all, let me say that I am not employed by Leaps and Bounds nor am I a friend or relative of anyone that works there.

I brought my little ones to Leaps and Bounds despite the reviews I read here and so far I am glad I did not put a lot of stock into what was said. We are only on out third week but so far I am very happy at L&B.

My children are smiling when I drop them off and smiling when I pick them up. The teachers are always very friendly and welcoming and they all know my kids by name. Records seem to be well kept on feeding and diaper changes.

I may tell the teacher in the room something at drop-off and I have felt very comfortable with the fact that the other teachers were informed. They seem to communicate very well amongst each other. The staff (director included) have all been very nice and seem genuinely happy to spend time with the children. They were understanding when I had a hard time leaving my babies the first week and have seemed very welcoming when I have popped-in during my lunch break.

As for the other comments about sick & or dirty kids...snotty faces and messy hands are part of the deal with little kids-especially at certain times of the year. Kudos to you if your kids don't have those! I have witnessed on several occasions kids being cleaned up, changed, noses wiped and hands washed. They are children, it would be unnatural for them to be immaculate-playtime can be messy!

I will review again once we have been their longer but so far I am happy with my choice for childcare for my little munchkins.
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Exclusive

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Reviewed on 04/14/2013

Sounds as if Soccersam14 is the director playing herself and business up. I have also taken my child to Leaps and Bounds and have found that it is not the type of child care (not child development, please!!) for my children. It's not clean and the director is very condescending. She portrays herself as a caring and nice person but in reality she is very unprofessional and twofaced. A few of my friends who have taken their children there, have dealt with her and the rest of the staff and have said she acts like a bully. Very high turnover at all locations. They do not watch your children properly and they need to clean up their act. Do NOT take your children to Leaps and Bounds. All they care about is the money that they rake in and the publicity of owning a business.
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Marylandlawyer

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Reviewed on 03/21/2013

!Leaps and Bounds was the worst experience. I often was nervous about my child's day at school, due to neglect and uneducated administration and teachers. My child was only there 2 weeks and was bitten by other children 5 times.
Teachers do not seem to care about there jobs. The Director is defense and condescending. She regurgitates the handbook and does not allow parents to address concerns regarding children, teachers or policies.
After going to another daycare I realize how awful of a childcare facility Leaps and Bounds is. It is dirty, staff is rude and some policies are foolish. Not a warm community.
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