Welcome to Primrose Schools, a national family of accredited early education and care schools serving children, parents and local communities with a purposeful, balanced approach to nurturing Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts. We provide year-round full and part-time education in the Indianapolis Metro Area for infants and children starting at six weeks of age up through kindergarten and after school programs for school age children. Our secure environments and low teacher-to-child ratios allow us to get to know your child’s interests and abilities to help maximize their potential.
Addresses: WestClay: 13096 Moultrie St, Carmel, IN 46032
Bridgewater: 14711 N, Gray Rd, Westfield, IN 46062
West Carmel: 3746 W. 98th Street, Carmel, Indiana 46032
Grand Park: 18170 Grand Park Blvd, Westfield, IN 46074
Phone: WestClay: 317-873-0123
West Carmel: 317-876-0123
Grand Park: 317-763-1223
Websites: primroseschools.com/schools/westclay, primroseschools.com/schools/bridgewater, primroseschools.com/schools/westcarmel, primroseschools.com/schools/grandpark
Q&A with Primrose:
What makes Primrose unique?
Julie and Bryan Bowman are the proud owners of these 4 Primrose Schools. They started the Primrose School at WestClay back in 2007. Prior to that, Julie had been in education for 15 years both as an educator and as an administrator for Hamilton Southeastern Schools. Not only do Julie and Bryan live in the area and have a daily presence within the schools, they were both born and raised in Indiana. They take pride in their schools and strive to meet each families unique educational and care needs. The goals of all 4 schools is to develop an atmosphere that is healthy, safe, educational, and fun so each child can develop into a successful citizen. The children should leave each day with a smile on their face embracing a life long love for learning. Each of their 4 schools understand the importance of excellent staff and maintain a low teacher turnover. Julie and Bryan only hire the best teachers, they provide onsite and offsite teacher training, and they offer benefits.
What is Primrose’s educational philosophy?
With purposeful play and nurturing guidance from teachers, our Balanced Learning approach inspires children to think in more ways: with creativity, compassion and resourcefulness. This time-tested approach instills a love of learning and discovery that helps your child develop and excel for years. Balanced Learning is research-informed and combines the best thinking of renowned early learning philosophers like Montessori, Piaget, Gesell and Vygotsky along with modern wisdom from the latest child development studies. Research shows that introducing a skill when a child is truly ready leads to mastery instead of frustration. Then, building on that skill to learn the next one comes naturally. And learning becomes just so much fun! Before you know it, you have a confident child who loves learning. And what could be more rewarding than that?
What is Primrose’s age/grade range?
Infants as young as 6 weeks old through 12 years old. We offer a private kindergarten program and after-school services through our Explorers program.
What is your enrollment policy? Are there any key dates parents should be aware of?
We are openly enrolling throughout the school year and typically can have up to two classroom transitions a year: one in the fall and then one in the early spring. We always encourage parents to tour our school, take advantage of our complimentary Discovery Day, and then complete the pre-registration form along with the registration fee to ensure we have a spot secured for your child.
What are the standard school day hours? Does Primrose offer flexible day/hour options? Is before/after school care available?
Each school is open from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. We offer full-time and part-time (2-4 day a week) options starting in our Toddler aged room, as well as a School Day Kindergarten program (8:00 am – 3:00 pm), and an afterschool Sunset Explorer program for school aged children.
How many children are in each class? How are children divided up up?
We follow Indiana State ratios for licensed childcare facilities in all of our classrooms. Children are grouped into classrooms based on their birthday, and the maximum group size is based on the youngest child on the classroom’s roster.
What is the teacher/child ratio?
The child to teacher ratios are as follows: infants 4:1 with a max group size of 8, toddlers and early preschool 5:1 with a max group size of 10, preschool pathways 7:1 with a max group size of 14, preschool 10:1 with a max group size of 20, pre-kindergarten 12:1 with a max group size of 24, and kindergarten/explorers 15:1 with a max group size of 30.
What are the teacher’s credentials?
All of our teachers are First-Aid/CPR certified and have completed our Primrose specific training through our Learning Manager before working in their classroom. Many of our staff members are currently working or have obtained their CDA and/or have taken classes or obtained their bachelor’s in a field related to ECE.
Is parental participation required?
There is no level of required participation from parents, but we do offer a daily look into your child’s activities through our Procare app, offer parent/teacher conferences for students in Preschool on up, and host a series of events throughout the year for our families.
How do teachers communicate with parents? How often do parents receive updates?
Teachers communicate with parents and send live updates on a daily basis through the Procare app. Parents are able to directly respond to the teachers and staff through the same app.
Does Primrose offer support for students with special needs?
Our schools are inclusive. We have successfully serviced many children with special needs in the past.
How much time do the children spend outside?
Students typically spend at least 1 hour outside per day; 30 minutes in the morning and then 30 minutes in the afternoon.
Are meals and/or snacks provided?
All snacks and meals, besides breakfast, are provided within the price of our school tuition. We try to limit any outside food coming into the school (except for the infant room) because we are a nut/tree nut free facility and provide accommodations to many children with food allergies or dietary restrictions.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
No, we do not require children to be potty-trained by a certain age because we believe that each child is different.
What enrichment programs/activities are offered?
Each of our schools offer ancillary activities throughout the week, starting with children as young as 2 years old. Some of programs focus on sports, yoga, dance, and Tae Kwon Do.
What are Primrose’s safety policies? What extra safety measures is Primrose taking during the COVID-19 pandemic?
All of our schools currently have modified drop off/pick up procedures that limit the population entering the school to just staff and students. We also have a Halo disinfecting system that is run at each school once a week, while our newest school, the Primrose School at Grand Park, has a Global Plasma Solutions air purification system installed in all of the HVAC units.
Who should parents contact for more information about Primrose?
Parents should feel free to either go to our website to request a visit or the school of interest a call to talk to one our leadership team members.
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