The overall work environment was very pleasant and enjoyable
Teacher Assistant (Former Employee), Fairfax, VA – February 21, 2015
Pros: the facility made sure that the staff and the children were properly trained and accounted for.
At the facility I was a co-teacher within the two year old classroom, I was not limited to that classroom as I helped where ever I was needed. We provided a safe and secure learning environment that produced – more... pleasurable learning experiences for the children. I had to comply with the facilities sanitations and certification guidelines, such as cleaning toys, handling and disposing tissues/diapers, while remaing current with My CPR and First aid certifcations. – less
Floater (Current Employee), Stow, OH – June 27, 2015
Pros: Experience, fun, long breaks, weekends off
Cons: Minimum wage, unstable hours, long black-out dates where you can't request off
A typical day at work for a floater is covering breaks, getting needed supplies and relieving a lead teacher's shift. It's a great job for college students with majors involving children and really gets – more... you the experience you need. The managers are nice but it always feels like they're looking down on you, especially when you ask for help or make a mistake. The most enjoyable part of the job is creating bonds and watching your children grow! The hardest part is unstable hours and minimum wage. It has it's good and it's bad days. Overall, it's not an awful place to work but it's not the best either. – less
Team Teacher (Former Employee), Arlington, TX – June 16, 2015
It always ends up with management being the problem at these types of places, in general I loved working with the children it was the fact that I was cut from my position and just floated around instead of getting steady hours and a steady position I didn't get to work with the children much.
Lead Toddler Teacher (Current Employee), Naperville, IL – May 8, 2015
Things could be changed, and rules could be different, but overall its an OKAY company to work for. I love my coworkers and I cannot express how much love I have for my students. They mean the world to me and I'm so happy I have the opportunity to teach and watch them grow into great kids!
lead teacher (Former Employee), Redmond, WA – April 21, 2015
Pros: friendly, children
Cons: pay, no breaks, high turnover, favoritism
I really enjoyed working with my coworkers at Childtime. Everyone was friendly, working there felt like I was at home, work didn't feel like work. This made it hard to leave, I love the staff and I love – more... the children, they grow on you and it hurts a lot to leave a daycare center when you've become attached to everyone. I liked the management though I will say that I felt like the was a lot of favoritism which should not exist in a professional environment, teachers spent time out of their classrooms with the managers while others sometimes wouldn't get a break because of how "short staffed" we were. – less
Assistant Teacher (Former Employee), Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – February 15, 2015
Pros: playing and teaching adorable toddlers
Cons: the director and the employment policies!
The Director at the now closed Ponte Vedra Beach, FL location is the most two-faced person you'll ever meet. If your nose isn't stuck up her butt all the time then she has it in for you. She will tell – more... you "we're a family here." when in actuality, she belittles all of here employees that don't bow down to her. They refuse to give overtime and you MUST call-in to work saying you won't be there. They have this absurd policy that you must call in everyday you are not at work, even if you have laryngitis and cannot use your voice. If you are in a car accident and your jaw is wired shut, you MUST call in. If not, you will be FIRED!! You and only you must call in, nobody else can call for you. – less
Assistant Teacher (Former Employee), Midlothian, VA – January 13, 2015
Childtime is a great place to get experience if you would like to pursue a career in childcare or teaching. Depending on the age you like whether its infants or school age. Not much room for moving up once you become apart of one room. So picking a age can be difficult.
Director (Former Employee), Oklahoma City, OK – January 8, 2015
Pros: definitely the children
Cons: worked 60 plus hours a week with no work/life balance
Probably the most enjoyable part of my day was being able to use coaching moments with the staff. Teaching them new things that they could use to make the learning experiences with the children more enjoyable. – more... Greeting the parents and the children was great. Some of the children would hug you when they would come in and that makes you feel elated. I learned that you must take a breathe and enjoy each moment that you can with each child. Do what you can to make each one feel so special and listen to the parents. – less
Excels in Customer retention and child care, however, management could be better
Assistant Teacher (Current Employee), Glen Ellyn, IL – December 31, 2014
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 – more... 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 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
Assistant Teacher (Current Employee), Virginia Beach, VA – September 7, 2014
Pros: set schedule, weekends and major holidays off
Cons: no room for growth, low wages
A typical day at work is very busy and full of adventure. I have learned to exercise a great amount of patience and enjoy all the little moments throughout the day. Keeping a classroom of twenty three – more... yr. olds under control and yet stimulating learning and creating a caring environment takes creativity, resourcefulness and a lot of multi tasking skill. I prioritize the events that need to take place on each specific day with any number of unplanned events that can occur when children are involved. Time management is crucial, and probably one of the hardest things to accomplish. Children do not really understand the concept of time so keeping to a schedule, while also allowing the children to express their spontaneity, is a balancing act. Seeing the children grow and develop, knowing that I have had a positive impact on someone's life is the most rewarding part of my job. – less
staff - teacher (Former Employee), Mechanicsville, VA – July 14, 2014
Pros: the children
Cons: poor management and spiteful co-workers
The children at the center were the highlight of my day. It all went down hill from there. The management, as i have seen in other reviews, behaved as seems to be typical of this company. The company doesn't – more... care about the children, the parents nor the staff, only about the dollar signs. Staff didn't receive what was necessary to run their classroom re: supplies. Always given excuse of no money. Management showed favoritism towards their friends and promoted those friends, even when they were the last ones that should have been, due to behavior and attendance or lack thereof. Filing complaints doesn't work as it's just shrugged off. Felt like was working in a high school environment although I have to say I've seen teens behave better then the director and majority of the co-workers at this center. – less