Pros: Teachers, children
I chose to work at Children's Courtyard in an attempt to move forward within a company. After just a few weeks of working there, I realized that it was not the place for me. The 'curriculum' was poorly written and the 'books' chosen were all written by the same few people. One example of these books was Tilly the Triangle who did not like her shape, so she ate a lot of food to change it. When she became a bigger, different shape, she did not like that either. Then Tilly stopped eating all together in order to become a small triangle again. The children were taught 'work first, play second' which is not developmentally appropriate. They were given homework assignments that needed to be returned and were made to do table top activities which meant sitting at tables doing math and literacy 'games' or writing exercises.
I really enjoyed the teachers that I worked with and my original director. However, halfway through my time there, we received a new director. Wonderful teachers were made to feel inadequate. The same time that I put my leave notice in, 3 other teachers quit as well. This was almost a year ago and some positions have still not been filled.