Primrose School coming to Maryland Farms
By CARRIE McCLOUD
Brentwood Home Page intern
A new preschool and day care option for parents who live and/or work in Brentwood is expected to open in late spring. Primrose School of Brentwood will be located in the former Maryland Farms’ home of State Farm Insurance, located at 5320 Maryland Way.
Just the facts
|What: Primrose School of Brentwood
Where: 5320 Maryland Way
Services: Preschool, ages 6 weeks to 5 years; day and after-school care; summer camp
Information: 615-289-9152; Click here for website.
Over 200 Primrose Schools currently exist across the country. Now joining the ranks, Primrose School of Brentwood will offer year round, early childhood education for ages 6 weeks to 5 years old, as well as day and after school care and summer camps.
Owners Amy James and Susan Poling taught at Primrose School of Cool Springs before deciding to launch their own school here.
The building’s purchase became official on Dec. 30. According to James, a Brentwood native, it was a lucky find after three years of searching for the perfect location. “We almost can’t believe we’ve gotten this lucky — it was actually our first choice,” she said.
Renovation and reconstruction is already under way. When it’s complete, the school’s 12 classrooms will accommodate up to 200 children and a staff of 30 teachers.
“There was a great deal of detail in the acquisition and in planning the construction and conversion of the building. Primrose wanted to make the best use of the building structure by using as much of it as possible,” said Devin McClendon of XMi Commercial Real Estate, who represented the buyers.
For many parents, factors such as location and proximity weigh heavily in the decision of child care. “When I was teaching at Cool Springs, so many parents drove all the way to Cool Springs and then back downtown to get to work. But a lot of parents like for their kids to be close,” James said.
The new Primrose location aspires to address that issue.
“This location, with great accessibility, good visibility and a well-constructed building was a great fit. When it came to being able to serve both the professional population of Maryland Farms as well as the residents of Brentwood and south Nashville, there was not a better option to be found,” McClendon said.
Luckily for James and Poling, a need exists in the market. “The area is very under-served” she said of the thousands of people that commute to work in Maryland Farms. “Even if only 2 percent have kids, there’s still a great need for child care,” James said.
To distinguish the school from others in the area, Primrose will boast a number of exclusive features.
“When we studied the market, we found other traditional ‘child care’ options, but none had the ‘balanced learning,’ curriculum-based approach for which Primrose is so well known,” McClendon said.
Such a curriculum includes teaching research-based subjects, in conjunction with allowing children to pursue individual interests. Primrose School of Brentwood has received accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and School’s Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
Primrose has another feature sure to attract the attention of parents and children alike – a Tumblebus.
“We will be the only school in Middle Tennessee to have a Tumblebus,” James said. The Tumblebus essentially acts as a gym on wheels, in which a school bus has been cleared out and filled with exercise and physical education equipment, such as monkey bars, balance beams, rock walls and zip lines.
“We take different age groups out for 30 minutes, and it’s basically a gymnastics class,” James explained. The Tumblebus has quickly become a national phenomenon; it was even featured in an episode of the TLC series Jon & Kate Plus 8.
Pre-enrollment has already begun. While tuition remains undetermined, James ensures that rates will be “comparable to the area.”
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