Promotes from within and allows plenty of room for advancement.
SCHOOL AGE MANAGER (Former Employee) – Austin, TX, Arlington, TX – October 14, 2015
The Childrens Courtyard as a company is above average. They offer decent benefits and in most cases their compensation is fair. They expect their employees to be teachers not babysitters which is great. They have great curriculum for the kids which makes being a teacher a whole lot easier. They do trainings monthly and give plenty of room for advancement. They like to promote from within. I started out as an assistant teacher and worked my way up to being a School Age Manager. The most enjoyable part of the job is the kids and parents. While they can both be demanding and difficult at times the majority are kind and appreciative. The hardest part of the job is that their is a ton of paperwork. While it is enforced for good reason which is to keep the kids safe and encourage learning it becomes a lot to maintain when you are a teacher. My experience with management has been wonderful for the most part. I had a director and district manager for 5 years that were absolutely amazing and always willing to help. My last director wasnt so much but that happens anywhere you go. Overall i would say that The Childrens Courtyard is a great place to work if your looking for long term and advancement.
Lead Teacher (Current Employee) – The Woodlands, TX – September 23, 2015
Fun and inviting work place. learned a lot of patience, and sticking to a schedule is the key. Management is probably this companies downfall, no constancy. Co-workers were great, really felt like a family. The kids were defiantly the most enjoyable part of the job.
Will do anything to avoid going into overtime, 4 or 5 hours breaks. schedules changes multiple times a day.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Arlington, TX – February 4, 2016
It was an okay place to work. Pay was terrible and for the majority of the time I was there, I worked 10 hour days. I barely had time for my own child because I spent the majority of daylight hours tending to other people's 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.
Floor Manager - School Age Program (Current Employee) – Houston, TX – February 11, 2015
Its is a hopping place to work and you never know what your day will have in store for you. I do enjoy the people I work with and the kids that I am in touch with during the day. My hardest part of my job is being at work at 7am and having a 2-3 hour break in the middle of my day.
Director (Former Employee) – Corinth, TX – May 22, 2014
I was the director for a childcare facility that was licensed for 215 children, but maintained an enrollment of 147 children. The area the school was in had 6 other child care facilities within a 5 mile radius; three of which were owned by the same company. We each had different things to offer including the price. At the end of my employment, I opened a brand new facility, hiring all the employees and recruiting all the enrollment for the school. The first week we opened we had 21 children enrolled. By the third month we had 85 and by 6 months we had 134. I was responsible for overseeing all the daily work for each classroom as well as the administrative work that took place behind the scenes. I planned events for the school and parties for the children and their families to enjoy outside of normal business hours. I was a member of the chamber of commerce and hosted the meetings at the school. The hardest part was the time that it took to run the school. I hadyoung children and it was hard making that sacrifice to be at the school before it opened and then to stay till after it closed making sure that everything was in order for the next day.
Campus Director/Mentor Director (Former Employee) – Flower Mound, TX – July 9, 2013
I had a great time working at Writ Process. The president and CEO made sure that they kept it upbeat in the office because it was a stressful job with customers. The hardest thing about my job was speaking with customers that we took money from that could not afford the money to be taken. I enjoyed the job and the experience of Alaska.
ASSISTANT TEACHER (Current Employee) – North Richland Hills, Texas – September 29, 2014
The Children's Courtyard is a great job if you love kids. I have had the best experiences with the children growing and learning from each other. I love my management team, they have always been so supportive of my schooling.
Assistant Teacher/ Customer service (Former Employee) – Arlington, TX – December 16, 2014
The children Courtyard is a very special job. They take a lot of care for their kids and families. The Management team up there are very polite and you can talk with them about anything and they will listen to you.
Very demanding and helping the needs of people in a fast pace environment.
Assistant Director (Former Employee) – Coppell,Tx – January 5, 2013
A typical day would be handling the data on the computer. Making sure everything is up to date. Welcome customers with a friendly face. Lead a team of highly motivated and self motivated. The hardest part of the job was seeing unsatisfied customers but at the end of the day there needs were met. The most enjoyable part was seeing each and every one of my team leaders have a such a happy confident look on there face when they completed the job properly. Hard work pays off.
Understanding parents and great kids. Fun coworkers.
Lead Teacher (Current Employee) – Grapevine, TX – February 7, 2014
I work alone in a pre-k classroom. I open my room, spend the whole day doing curriculum among other activities with the children, and I close my room down for the night. I have learned how to be communicative with my coworkers and managers in an effort to better the company. The hardest part of the job is running a full classroom on my own but it is also the most rewarding. My most enjoyable part of the job is the appreciation I receive from parents for my hard work.
Teacher (Current Employee) – Grand Prairie, TX. – January 5, 2014
Teach and interact with children, prepare lesson plans and implement classroom activities. Maintain a clean and safe work environment. Work well with co-workers; open communication with co-workers and parents. Hardest part of the job is wondering if you have impacted a child daily. Most enjoyable part of the job is working with children; the things they say and do, I learn from them as well.
Children Drop-Ins (A child is dropped in for only a day)
It is a great place to work, I love my kids dearly.
Assistant Teacher, work (Current Employee) – Mansfield, TX – March 21, 2012
My job is a fun and relaxing place to work. I love my kids and they love me. We get to do alot of fun activities and get to teach them alot of new things that they don't know.We sing songs like the ABC's, Itsy Bitsy Spider, etc. They are very laid when it comes to scheduling. They will work with you and especially if you are attending school.