Childtime Learning Center

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Childtime Learning Center Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
21 Reviews

2.7
21 Reviews
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Childtime Learning Center CEO Barbara J. Beck
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  1.  

    Great experience with the kids, frustration with the organization

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Toddler Teacher  in  Martinez, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Toddler Teacher in Martinez, CA

    I have been working at Childtime Learning Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone 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.

    Cons

    Low 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 ManagementAdvice

    Communicate 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Unfair

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at Childtime Learning Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The kids and the parents are so nice. The fast paced environment.

    Cons

    Schedule, there's never a set schedule. I get three hour breaks somedays because they don't want to hire new people to help me with my room, and I can't go over 40 hours so they send me on a break a total of 15 hours weekly. You are basically asked to bend backwards for the company but no days off or sick days are guaranteed. They always end up asking you to come in and if you don't then they punish you without a break, so working 11 hour days with no break whatsoever. Communication lacks. They fail to please their employees with something as simple as a potty break, you literally have to beg to use the restroom or nobody will show up to take over your class. They will make up their own rules on the regular so if you have any doubts look up the handbook or your state laws. Their ratios always change and it always ends up being some crazy odd number that they pulled out of nowhere. I could go on forever with cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No favoritism. Be fair. Appreciation is needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Enjoyed being my own lead teacher in the room by myself

    Former Employee - Lead Teacher  in  Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Akron, OH

    I worked at Childtime Learning Center full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Low 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 ManagementAdvice

    Some simple common courtesy can go a long, long way for positive moral.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    OK company to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Childtime Learning Center

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  6.  

    A great place to work but...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Preschool Teacher/Team Lead  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Lead Preschool Teacher/Team Lead in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Childtime Learning Center full-time for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Tell the truth about what hours you need your staff to have. Offer competitive salaries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    I thought after high school, I was leaving the gossip-filled, female cliques. But I did until working at Childtime.

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    Former Employee - Classroom Assistant
    Former Employee - Classroom Assistant

    I worked at Childtime Learning Center part-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    unprofessional 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 ManagementAdvice

    maintain 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Unique place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Teacher in Gaithersburg, MD

    I have been working at Childtime Learning Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great parents, and some very competent staff.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Childcare

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Childtime Learning Center

    Pros

    The love and care of young children.

    Cons

    The salary and the benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micromanaging is always a problem

  10.  

    It was a real learning experience.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Toddler I Teacher  in  Federal Way, WA
    Former Employee - Toddler I Teacher in Federal Way, WA

    I worked at Childtime Learning Center full-time for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    My experience here was excellent!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Childtime Learning Center part-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    no lunch breaks, gossip, late nights, early mornings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down on the gossip and favoritism

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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