An great place to work, awesome co workers, families and children.
Pros: The team building exercises, fun days and all co workers working together on a project.
Cons: The closing of classroom due to not enough children at the center.
A typical day at work for me would be to arrive early and make sure the classroom was ready to start the day.
After clocking I would go to the opening room to see if any of my children had arrived and if so sign them out and head to our room. If I didn't have any children, I would ask the teachers if they needed anything and if they did help them with whatever it was. I would then go to my classroom and prepare the centers, changing area and bathrooms for the day.
When the children would arrive I would greet them with a hug and welcome the parent and ask them how their morning was going. The parent and I would briefly discuss the child's night and morning and say our goodbyes.
The children would have some quiet activities to do while music was playing in the background until the other children would arrive. Before breakfast we would go to the carpet for a quick good morning to each other, wash our hands and sit down for breakfast. The children would serve breakfast family style.
After breakfast the children would empty their plates, wash hands and faces, use the bathroom or get their diaper changes and head to the carpet for circle time.
During circle time we sang songs, listened to stories and answered the question of the day. After circle time the children would pick a center where they wanted to go or if it was our commons or outside time we would do that instead.
After our morning activities it was time to get ready for lunch and then naptime. During naptime I would prepare what was needed for the next day's activities. When naptime was over – more... it was time for snack, afternoon activities and wait my the parents to pick up their child.
When a parent came into the room to pick up their child they were greeted, asked about their day and told about their child's day. Goodbyes were said and then time to clean the room.
While working at Bright Horizon's I have made lifelong friends with my co-workers and the management. I know that if I ever need anything form them all I would have to do is ask. The families that I have met will be apart of my life forever and I even stay in contact with the families to see how the children are doing.
The hardest part of this job is watching the children you have in your classroom move onto another classroom and calling a parent to tell them that their child has gotten hurt or is sick.
The most enjoyable part of this job is watching the children learn and grow each day. When you see a child's eyes light up when they have accomplished something is a wonderful feeling! – less