La Petite Academy

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I Wasted My Time Here

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Former Employee - Teacher in Madison, WI
Former Employee - Teacher in Madison, WI

I worked at La Petite Academy full-time (less than a year)

Pros

The kids and the benefits. Being able to get time off when needed.

Cons

The fact it's corporate; more like "corporate concrete". A policy for a policy.
The "curriculum". They claim it's developed by a "team of educators", however, educators would know that 4 year olds are unable to read a comic strip and write what they see in the panels. These "educators" would know that 4 year olds are unable to guess the weight of an object, place it on the scale, see how much the object weighs, and subtract the two numbers. Really?
The premade schedule, calendar pieces, weather signs, center signs, cubbies (a black box) and the cubbie tags. I prefer to make my own (with the exception of the calendar and weather pieces), enjoy making my own, and was disappointed that anything in my classroom, including arrangement had to be " 'La Petite standard' ". What?
The center was filthy. Enough said.
The toys were older than dirt, shelves were faded and worn, and the playground eqiupment was over twenty years old. Really?
There is no teamwork. I had my days written out for my class and they weren't followed, and when I did have a teacher cover my break, I came back to a rowdy, loud class, messy classroom and complete chaos.
Lack of hours. My hours diminished to lack of enrollment, and many days I called in to see if I was working that day, or I was called by my director. I was called one morning and told I had to come in at a specific time. I got the message. Two hours later, I was texted by a director, asking me if I got the message about coming in. I didn't respond. Forty-five minutes before I was to come in, I got another call from the director, asking me if I was coming in, since nobody heard from me otherwise. Five minutes later, I got a text asking if I was coming into work that day. ????? And the only hours they had were closing hours. I was expected to come in and work for an hour, and leave. ?????
The fact that corporate doesn't promote establishing relationships with families outside the center. I had a parent I became close to ask me if I could pick up her son from school, as he attended a school the center didn't pick up from. I was off the clock, and was told I would have to fill out a waiver of liability.
Child guidance techniques were not applied; it seemed as though children could do whatever they wanted, while teachers sat there and texted/chatted/watched children play.
Liscensing rules were followed in terms of ratios.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get rid of everything. Allow teachers to make their own things, like lesson plans, cubby tags, room arrangement and schedule. Promote teachers establishing relationships with families outside the center. Be friendly and hire directors who promote teamwork, along with cleanliness.

Doesn't Recommend
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    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Stafford, VA
    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Stafford, VA

    I worked at La Petite Academy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I loved the people that I worked with and I loved the kids in the infant room.

    Cons

    The management was awful and we were understaffed. We were working open to close, and forced to take long breaks so we wouldn't get overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your employees like they are children.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Keep Driving!

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Champaign, IL

    I worked at La Petite Academy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Easy to get a job here, little experience needed. Okay benefits. Curriculum has been created for toddlers, twos, pre-school, pre-K, and school aged classrooms. Developmentally appropriate practice and content in theory (but not in action)

    Cons

    VERY Low Pay!!!!
    Lack of Respect for Employees!
    Management is not concerned about policies or DCFS guidlines.
    Generally over ratio!
    Typically don't get to leave on time.
    Management Targets Employees
    High Turn over (Teachers and Children)
    Teacher are not given time to prepare anything
    Have curriculum, but NEVER used!
    Not all employees seem qualified or knowledgeable enough to work with kids.
    Lack of team work from Cooks to Corporate positions!
    Lack of confidentiality!
    EXTREME GOSSIP even within upper management!
    Work hours per week and not secure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher people that care about employees and know how to run a business. Stop focusing on labor hours and making money for Learning Care Group and worry about how well the children are cared for/attended to, how your employees are being treated, and supplying TOOLS and TIME for the teachers to use! CONFIDENTIALITY and PROFESSIONALISM!! Listen to your teachers instead of writing them off as liars or "just not the place for you!"

    Doesn't Recommend
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