Before you contact us or enroll, please read the frequently asked questions on this page as it may answer some of your own questions.

What are your rates?

Our pricing varies by age and by number of days in care. All pricing can be found on our Programs page.

When is tuition due?

Tuition is due the Friday before the week of care. Invoices come out the Tuesday before it’s due.

Do you offer any discounts?

Yes, we offer:
10% off* the tuition rate for siblings (when both are attending 5 weekdays)
10% off* the tuition rate for paying 8 weeks in advance

*Discounts can not be combined and restrictions may apply.

Is anything included with tuition?

AM snack and PM snack. A healthy variety menu is created and available for parents.

Any additional fees for early/late pickup?

$1.00 per minute for late pick up after 5:30pm

Do you offer drop-ins / last minute childcare?

Yes, but with some restrictions:

  • The child(ren) must already be enrolled in a part-time classroom program.
  • Only if space is available.
  • Our drop in rate is $65/day* per child.

What are your class sizes?

It is all age dependent. Anywhere from 1 teacher:5 children to 1 teacher:8 children.

Do you have a preschool graduation?

We do. A preschool and a pre-k graduation in May.

Are you open full year?


What days are you closed?

Jan: New Years Day
Jan: In-Service Training Day
May: Memorial Day
Jul: Fourth of July
Aug: In-Service Training Day
Sep: Labor Day
Oct: Columbus Day
Nov: Thanksgiving
Nov: Friday after Thanksgiving
Dec: Christmas Day

Do you have a learning curriculum?

We try to structure our days to work in learning in the morning and afternoons. A lot of the learning is through play. We don’t follow a curriculum, but use ideas and techniques from many different practices. We like to use hands-on learning with different sensory items as much as possible (I.E. Playdoh, sand, shaving cream, etc.)

How often do you go outside?

At least a ½ hour a day. Typically, once in the AM and once in the afternoon (weather dependent).

Meet Our Team

Staff Melissa Desmond - The Growing Patch Childcare LLC - Weare, NH

Melissa Desmond

Owner +
Childcare Specialist

Our Programs

Little Sprouts

(Ages 21-30 months)

Age appropriate activities, outside time, sensory exploration, and more!

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Busy Bees

(Ages 31–48 months^)

Age appropriate activities, outside time, sensory exploration, and more!

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Big Sprouts

(Ages 49-60 months^)

Advanced activities, development, problem solving, and more!

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^Children in the Busy Bee and Big Sprouts classrooms must be potty trained.

Illustrated kids playing - The Growing Patch Childcare LLC - Weare, NH

We are hiring!

We are looking for energetic and dedicated teachers who are willing to grow with The Growing Patch.

Childcare or life experience would be required. We will guide you through the trainings and coordinate qualifications needed per NH State licensing.

Please see our Hiring page for more info and potential openings.


“The learning and hands on activities that happen everyday always blow me away! I am able to go to work with confidence that my children will be taken care of at the highest quality.”

– Heather

“As a result of Melissa’s leadership and guidance, my children look forward to childcare each day. They return home singing new songs, learning new skills and abilities, and chatting about what amazing adventures they have had.”

– Ermelinda


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