I attended Tanya's Learning Garden as a
child, and so did my younger brother G. It was such a wonderful
time! We often find ourselves looking through pictures of us on field
trips and activities that Tanya took us on and remembering all the fun
times we had. It's been about 10 years since I left (I will be a junior
in high school), and I can say that Tanya left a lasting impact on my
life. She made learning so much fun, so much so that I never thought of
it as learning. It was just fun. Tanya also does a wonderful job of
teaching responsibility at a young age, something that both my parents
(and I) agree was very valuable. The crafts she organizes were always a
blast, and we still have ornaments and frames that we made. As I got
older, she often let me be a leader for younger kids (read them books,
help with crafts, etc) and I can honestly say that's where my love of
kids comes from. I would highly recommend Tanya; she teaches skills,
life lessons, and wonderful memories that your child will always use and
My 3 year old daughter attended Tanya's program this year and it's been
an absolutely wonderful experience! This is not a 'home daycare'
program. Tanya takes the time to teach the children, just like a
preschool, but in a smaller setting. She even helps you with potty
training which was very helpful to us. All of her activities are
hands-on and her program is thematic based. She has such an
'educator's-eye' that she is constantly finding 'teachable moments'
throughout the day. She is nurturing, kind, and truly loves working with
the children that attend. She makes every child feel important and
special every day (especially on their birthday!), and my daughter can't
wait to get to her place. If you can get there by 8:30, she will feed
your child breakfast, and she also feeds them lunch. This works perfect
for our schedule because I pick my daughter up at 1 pm, and she is
napping by 1:20. =)
If she happens to have an opening, I would highly
recommend you jump on it. If she doesn't, take a tour and put yourself
on the wait list, then keep your fingers crossed.
My son Cole loved his three years here! We
found Tanya through a recommendation of a friend who had sent her girls
there before us, her house was filled with the wonderful art they had
made at Tanya's (as is ours now) and I got to see the photo albums and
newsletters that Tanya produces to document their time there. Tanya's
proved to be the wonderful warm, supportive and developmentally
nurturing place she promised. Cole loved Tanya, the friends he made
there and he was always reluctant to leave! Thanks Tanya!
Tanya is a truly gifted woman when it comes to caring
for young children. This is not someone who "watches kids in their
home". This is a childcare center where her family happens to live.
When my son was there her sons had to practically clear out their room
every morning because it was the nap room during the day! Every
activity is a learning experience disguised as fun. She is so
nurturing, you can tell she loves what she does. Count yourself very
lucky if you are able to join her family!
Tanya provides care in an environment that
is as close to family as you can get. A small, loving environment
filled with art, gymnastics, field trips to parks and events, a home and
yard made for children to play, learn and have fun. My son remembers
Tanya's as 'where I learned to swing.' Tanya's is a special place --
you'll see what I mean when you visit to see her and the kids in action.
From a then current parent recommending me to her moms group:
I just wanted to pass along a very positive
recommendation for my childcare lady, Tanya Wieber. We feel very lucky
to have found her. She has operated a small, licensed childcare out of
her home for the past 23 years. My son started going to her
last fall, at age 2, and it has been a great experience for him and also
for me. I think of her as childcare for stay-at-home moms, because the
kids are there just 8 AM - 1 PM, usually two days a week.
The things we love about her:
truly great with the kids. I was deeply impressed on visiting her and
have spoken with many other parents who feel the same way. I couldn't
imagine leaving my child in anyone else's care (yes, we're a little
neurotic), but when I saw her in action I knew I could trust the
situation. She's like the Pied Piper in how the kids listen and respond
to her, and her way of soothing an upset child is just how I'd want my
kid soothed and cared for. She's got a wonderful heart, really cares for
and listens to the kids as their own individual people, and yet also
has firm, clear rules. Perfect!
- The kids in her care are obviously secure and happy.
program is age-appropriate, interesting and educational but never
overly academic or rigid. She does what I think most preschools or
daycares do - breakfast in the morning, then calendar time, singing
time, story time, always one or two art projects, lunch, and time
outside, with some variations.
- It's a nice small group. 6 kids at once, all 2-5 years old, with an occasional older sibling there for the day.
has a beautiful outdoor space for the kids, including a fenced-in
garden area with space for the kids to grow their own sunflowers; a
fenced-in playground with swings, a fort, etc.; a covered area for art
projects and sometimes meals outside; and a terrific tricycle track with
many, varied tricycles.
- Her house is absolutely immaculately clean. Even her yard seems immaculate.
Tanya is passionate about her work. She actually leads a group of
in-home-care providers and acts as a mentor to them. She seeks
continuing education every year. She seems to be constantly updating and
refining the already-great activities, materials, and programs she has
in progress. She was meant to do this work!
- She's always
up-to-date on CPR training and the like, and you can tell she's a
stickler for every regulation. She sometimes emails out new safety
information she's hearing from her own network, and it's usually news to
my husband and me (we consider ourselves well-informed).
- Kids don't need to be toilet trained. She will help with toilet training when we're ready.
has lots of experience with all things child-related so I've even asked
for advice here and there on discipline, etc and it's just been great
to have a sounding board. She's also pointed us toward some valuable
resources in the area which I think will benefit us for years to come.
wanted to put this out there in case anyone is looking for part-time