Great family atmosphere where you can learn and grow.
Site Lead (Current Employee) – Glen Ellyn, IL – March 26, 2016
With the YMCA childcare programs, one can expect to plan, organize, and implement the daily activities. Mornings are for group games, a short snack time, and usually an opportunity for children to earn "points" by answering quiz questions on folktales or stories I've read aloud. Afternoons are dedicated to lots of physical activity and a break for homework/study time.
During my four years with the YMCA, I've developed my skills in time management, flexibility, detail orientation, and leadership. I've had experience in leading a team of counselors during the summer, and I am often the only leader at my school site during the school year.
The hardest part of this job is flexibility. Whether a field trip has been substituted for another at the last minute, or a child has a different opinion about homework, it is important to always be flexible. Having a set routine is important but there has to be some leeway for a random fun activity, a new activity, or even conflict resolution.
Overall, the most enjoyable part of this job is the gratitude from parents, coworkers, and the children.
Free office treats, free CPR/First Aid training
Very few benefits, flexible work hours