Play ~ Create ~ Connect
Can I drop off my child?
No. My Village is not designed as, equipped, or licensed to be a daycare. Children must be accompanied by a legal guardian, empowered caretaker, or parent at all times.
Can I attend an appointment with a provider (e.g., midwife, massage therapist, chiropractor) within the Backs, Babies, and Bellies office while my child attends a playgroup?
No, your child must remain with you at all times and may not be left in the care of a My Village playgroup leader or host while you go to an appointment within the office. You may designate another caregiver for your child (e.g., grandma or babysitter) to stay with your child in the playgroup area while you attend an appointment.
What is your sick policy?
If you or your child is showing any symptoms of illness (e.g., fever, cough, clear or colored runny nose, rashes, or diarrhea) we ask that you refrain from attending until you've been symptom free for 24 hours. We realize that this is a somewhat stricter policy than many children's activities, but we feel that all will benefit from it. We hope that parents will take comfort knowing there is a lower chance of their child getting sick from coming to My Village then various other children's activities. We do our very best to be generous with offering makeups and/or refunds when possible in order to encourage parents to respect the policy. If you're unsure if you should bring your child to group or not, feel free to call or text.
What happens if I miss a Playgroup class?
Illnesses and other stuff happens! We understand! If you have to miss a class we allow up to two makeups per 10 week session. You can makeup by attending one of the other age group's Playgroups. Makeups must be arranged ahead of time so we don't have too many children ending up in one class. We work hard to ensure makeups are possible to encourage adherence to our sick policy.
What should I wear?
Adults are required to wear socks in My Village. There will be a few clean pairs on hand in case you forget. Mobile babies and children are required to be barefoot or wear grippy socks for safety. Wear comfy clothes you can feel comfortable sitting on the floor in (we provide floor cushions and low wooden stools for adults). Dress your children in clothing they can easily crawl and climb in and that you don't mind getting messy and a change of clothes. (Just in case we feel like painting or get wet from some water play!)
Can Siblings Come to Playgroup?
Siblings are welcome but any additional sibling between the ages of 3 months and 6 years must also be enrolled in the Playgroup. Ask about sibling discounts, or a one-time drop in fee for a sibling.
Can someone else bring my child to Playgroup other than me?
Yes of course! We welcome moms, dads, grandparents, nannies, aunties, whoever is caring for your child.
Can another adult come with us to Playgroup?
If you'd ever like to bring an extra adult to class (e.g., grandma wants to come along, too) just email ahead of time to confirm. Since we are a small space it can get crowded with lots of bodies! We will just make sure everyone else isn't also bringing grandma that day, too!
Do you do payment plans for the Playgroups?
Yes payment plans can be arranged. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can come up with something that works for you.
Do I have to follow a particular parenting style in order to come to My Village?
No. However, you will find that My Village is definitely a more "naturally minded" or "gentle parenting" community. The environment is non-toxic, media and battery-operated toy free. If you are familiar with alternative educational or parenting philosophies you may notice the physical space is very influenced by Waldorf/Steiner education. My personal parenting inspiration comes from here and there (a little RIE, a little Waldorf, a little Attachment, a little Behavior Analytic). When it comes to pregnancy and childbirth I support education so parents may feel empowered to make informed choices based on evidence based information. I support conscious, empathic, present, and mindful parenting. I do what rings true for me as I parent my unique daughter. I encourage other parents to follow their hearts as well. The parenting "advice" that might be offered up during playgroups is always offered as more of "menu" of suggestions to try, rather than a "list" of things you must do. I encourage respectful and non-judgmental discussion and sharing of different parenting views and practices. All viewpoints will be respected.
What's the parking situation?
My Village is located inside Backs, Babies, and Bellies - a midwifery and healthcare collective. There is ample free parking in the parking lot surrounding the building.
Can I bring a stroller?
Unfortunately due to limited space we recommend you carry or baby wear your baby or toddler. Thanks for understanding!