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4021 Kingsway, BURNABY
(604) 568 8808
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The teachers at CEFA really care about their students and are good at what they do. However, there has been frequent staff changes in the last year (my child had difficulty adjusting to frequent changes). They promise that the children will have the same teachers for the whole year, but I think there has been over 3 staffing changes in my child's class.

On the other hand, the admin staff is horrible. They rarely respond to emails and they constantly make mistakes. The principal doesn't seem interested in any of the kids. She doesn't remember any of the parents' names nor does she remember any of the childrens' names. Also she can never be found or reached when needed. The owner doesn't seem too vested in the business. She is also difficult to get a hold of.

The CEFA program is amazing and I would recommend sending your child to a school that has this program. Just not this school. Maybe try Canada way or the Vancouver location first.

  04.25.13 3.45PM
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Don’t even know where to begin. Child was enrolled at Cefa Kingsway for a total of 6 days. The gradual entry was horrifying. The teachers could not get the babies to stop crying the whole week! The lunches were under par. They didn’t follow the menu they provided and when asked why, the teacher said it was because their chef was on vacation. Serving sizes were tiny and when food fell on the ground, some teachers counted that as a serving eaten and recorded that in the log. I saw 1 attempt made to feed my child. After she refused that, she was given 1 cracker, broken in half, and her food was poured into the bowls of 2 other children; and before the principal comes on to dispute this, I saw this with my own eyes through the window in the observation room. Only one teacher spoke clear English. Teachers would argue about who should be doing what in front of the parents. Some teachers were very rude when talking to parents. I witnessed an argument over feeding a child, in which the parent said he needed more food and the teacher argued that he didn’t. I think a parent knows their child well enough to know when they need something. It’s not something a teacher can pick up in 3 days. Could see the frustration in the teacher’s faces when dealing with the crying children. The Baby classroom needed more help and I don’t understand why nobody was brought in to help with the transition. When you bring 9 babies into a new environment and strip their parents away all at the same time, it’s a recipe for disaster. The final straw was when my husband made a surprise visit to the school and watched as the babies played in the playground. All 3 teachers had their backs to my child, who was off in a corner playing by herself. My husband saw my daughter pick something up off the ground and put it in her mouth. Just as he was going to approach, a teacher turned around and saw and pulled it out. It was well worth the one month tuition loss for me to get my child out of Cefa Kingsway! We enrolled in a different Cefa location and are very happy with the Cefa program in general!

  08.13.12 3.22PM
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