Childtime Learning Center

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Childtime Learning Center Reviews

Updated May 31, 2014
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2.8 20 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

Childtime Learning Center CEO Barbara J. Beck

Barbara J. Beck

(5 ratings)

40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Enjoyed being my own lead teacher in the room by myself

    Lead Teacher (Former Employee) Akron, OH

    ProsLiked the family clientele and demographics, Very close to home.

    ConsLow pay increases over the years. Whatever the Director says, goes, even if totally wrong. A lot of time required off the clock to do job properly and effeciently. Extremely little verbal praise or "Hey, you did good on that",etc. Very, very hard to get time off needed for Dr.s appointments, etc. A LOT of black out time for days off and vacations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome simple common courtesy can go a long, long way for positive moral.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience with the kids, frustration with the organization

    Lead Toddler Teacher (Current Employee) Martinez, CA

    ProsEveryone starts part-time and within 6 months I was made full-time with a typically steady schedule. The kids are why I stay here--I have full creative license with my classroom, get to create supplemental curriculum and activities and build rewarding relationships with babies and their families. I feel like I am helping and molding young minds. The center is kept up pretty well: clean, caring and focused on providing children quality education and experiences. Paperwork is required, but usually a small amount of prep time and nap time makes it manageable. Parent-Teacher Conferences twice a year, and monthly parent events are a good opportunity for building relationships. Management encourages teachers to design a stimulating classroom environment which is fun.

    ConsLow pay and unorganized management leads to high part-time teacher turnover. When teachers leave on short notice the remaining staff is expected to pick up the slack (no time granted off, overtime, extra paperwork, etc.). Lack of communication means that I have to learn most of my important information by listening in to other people's conversations. They have "forgotten" to tell me that my hours were adjusted/conferences rescheduled for times when I am not usually there. Lots of gossip among the all female staff and management. New supplies for the classroom are limited and often I have to buy my own supplies if I want them. Benefits aren't really worth it--I don't use any of them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate with staff...write us notes, call us, ask us if you already talked to us about something. Make sure we know what's going on so we don't look blindsided when a parent approaches us about something we "should" have known about. Offer more full-time positions, higher pay and raises as incentives for employees to stay and build stable programs and better bonds with the children.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    OK company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWorking with kids and being about to interact with the parents about the learning progress of the children was a good experience.

    ConsThe director talked negatively about other employees in front of me which made it a difficult environment in which to work.

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    A great place to work but...

    Lead Preschool Teacher/Team Lead (Current Employee) Cleveland, OH

    ProsGet off early, breaks, breakfast and lunch provided, nice and helpful staff.

    ConsThe only con I have is the fact that when I accepted the job I was told I would work 12:00-6:30 however when I arrived for orientation I was told I would work 7-7-4 which is a drastic change. I feel that I was tricked into accepting the job. I was guaranteed the 12pm shift because they needed a person at that time only to find out that wasn't true. I'm working out my schedule with the general manager right now so I can get back in school. The pay is also very low for a person with a bachelor's.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTell the truth about what hours you need your staff to have. Offer competitive salaries.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Childcare

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe love and care of young children.

    ConsThe salary and the benefits

    Advice to Senior ManagementMicromanaging is always a problem

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    I thought after high school, I was leaving the gossip-filled, female cliques. But I did until working at Childtime.

    Classroom Assistant (Former Employee)

    Prosconvenient locations, the small number of fellow employees that are respectful, helpful and enjoyable to spend the day working with one another

    Consunprofessional staff and standards; favoritism and its unequal treatment from such; low pay even with degree; low expectations of maintaining hygienic conditions; inadequate curriculum for children's developmental needs and learning

    Advice to Senior Managementmaintain professional relationships with all employees; improve the hostile and uncomfortable atmosphere between employees; district manager and higher ups need to be more responsible in monitoring the individual locations and their standards

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unique place to work

    Teacher (Current Employee) Gaithersburg, MD

    ProsGreat parents, and some very competent staff.

    ConsLow pay, no set schedules. Some days you work 5 hours and others 9 or more. Teachers are not treated with respect.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter pay. Planning time for teachers. Consistent policies for staff. favoritism for a few staff is very obvious. Treating teachers as professionals and not just babysitters, especially for degreed teachers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was a real learning experience.

    Toddler I Teacher (Former Employee) Federal Way, WA

    ProsThe co-workers are nice and easy to get along with. The classrooms are decent and easy to work in.

    Consthe management is hard to work for and expected too much from the employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    My experience here was excellent!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat Management, working with children, fun place to grow professionally

    Consno lunch breaks, gossip, late nights, early mornings

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut down on the gossip and favoritism

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    For Profit Childcare

    Early Preschool Teacher (Current Employee) Gaithersburg, MD

    Proscan be room for advancement within the company, benefits are offered including health insurance and paid time off

    Conshigh turnover among teaching staff, ever-changing hours for teaching staff, kids moved from classroom to classroom to meet ratios with the lowest amount of teachers possible, teachers given poor lesson plans and told they have to be used, not much training offered, childcare discount only offered to teachers after several years of employment

    Advice to Senior Managementstop asking teaching staff to leave in the middle of a shift, stop moving kids from classroom to classroom to send teachers home early, offer childcare discounts to teachers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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