Pros: great families and great children. make a difference in someone's life, co-workers are very friendly and willing to help
Cons: short breaks (multiple breaks less than 2 hours into working an 11 hour day), poor management
Our director will place a schedule for the day in the main office and all staff go to see their times for any classroom switching, breaks, training, etc. Each lead teacher will bring children from the opening room to their main room where stories are read and snack is provided. Play time and educational material are mixed in an effort to make things fun for the young children yet enhance their understanding of subjects taught. Lunch is provided around noon and the a two-hour nap time ensues for all children except school-age. After nap time another snack is provided and more play time is given as well as more educational material. Children are allowed to play until parents arrive.
I learned how to better interact with children more effectively, in addition to being shown different ways to show a child how to properly handle situations and to use their words instead of screaming or hitting. Patience is a key part of being able to keep on top of situations that arise everyday. Interacting with parents everyday in a manner that shows a friendly and encouraging environment as well as ensuring them that their children are in a good place.
Management can be severely lacking some days. It seems the school is run to be easy for directors and not to be effective and less stressful for teachers and morning openers. Often times schedules are not completed on their designated day until later in that day, leading to some staff being unaware when breaks are to be given, unaware of possible room switches, and lots of frustration that has ended in a few employees leaving.
The hardest part – more... of the job is maintaining constant count of children and being able to ensure each child is being helped or given proper direction to handle situations.
The most enjoyable part of the job is seeing the children enjoy being at the school and forming a bond with them and their families. For instance many children will be excited to see you in the mornings or when you simply pass by their rooms, they will talk to their parents about how much they enjoy coming to school and have a great teacher presence. The parents will feel much better about leaving their children in your care and it is a great feeling to see how much you can impact their lives – less