La Petite Academy

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La Petite Academy Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
85 Reviews
2.7
85 Reviews
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La Petite Academy CEO Barbara J. Beck
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company, itself, as a whole offers a great benefit package to its full time employees (in 4 reviews)

  • Career growth potential, working with dedicated people who truly care about children and educating them, making a difference in children's lives (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • very low pay for childcare, they take so much money from parents and none go into the school unless accreditation is coming (in 10 reviews)

  • Optional benefits for full time are not good (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    My experience as far as compensation was tolerable and as far as educational, it was very rewarding.

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Chalfont, PA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chalfont, PA

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

    Pros

    I loved that they had a through curriculum to teach from!

    Cons

    Compensation wasn't good for the work the teachers were doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teachers will stay if the pay is better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    La Petite Academy more for money not people!

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    Former Employee - Early Preschool Teacher  in  Stafford, VA
    Former Employee - Early Preschool Teacher in Stafford, VA

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

    Pros

    Hours are good, kids are awesome, flexible to get time out.

    Cons

    Schedule always changes, pay is so little, one day it's Ok to do things next it's not. They go with what best suites their needs at the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make permanent schedules, so we are not guessing what we are going to do through our the day!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Director over whole center staff and children.

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Director in Wichita, KS

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

    Pros

    The people and children are fun to help and watch them learn.

    Cons

    The people and children van be challenging at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Did a good job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    it was a very stressful environment

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    Former Employee - Daycare Teacher  in  Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Daycare Teacher in Olathe, KS

    I worked at La Petite Academy part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people I worked with were really sweet and caring

    Cons

    There were to many children to teacher ratio issues and there was no on the job training, they just threw me in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employees for a week, give them support, help them out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Ok company...can excel if you are in for the long haul

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at La Petite Academy

    Pros

    kids, good lesson planning, in charge of your own classroom

    Cons

    pay is on the low side of any scale for any state, benefits are ok after the first year of full time work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Children are our future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at La Petite Academy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The company offers a competitive benefits package to employees. Hard work is rewarded and there is a yearly merit raise. I have never had any issues asking for time off as long as I give my supervisor some advance notice. My coworkers are easy to work with and I have made many friends here. Working with children allows me to help give back to my community.

    Cons

    Some of the facilities are better than others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The hours are great but it is a stressful environment.

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    The hours are flexible and the company is closed on weekends. The management is helpful and will work with you, only if you make it a point to clearly communicate.

    Cons

    Working at a daycare is stressful. The ratio of children to teachers is based on state regulations, but 15 two and three year olds with one teacher was too much.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    it has been fun , Ive learned a lot. All in all a good experience.

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher  in  Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Overland Park, KS

    I have been working at La Petite Academy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    nice work environment, paid training, they give you an option of 4 days a week or 5.

    Cons

    long hours if your full time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    La Petite the salary matches the name!

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    Current Employee - Academy Director  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Academy Director in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at La Petite Academy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Career growth potential, working with dedicated people who truly care about children and educating them, making a difference in children's lives

    Cons

    The pay, pricey benefits, pay freeze when economy slowed- 5 years with NO increase!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the hard working school level people who enable you to have jobs!
    Pay increases annually go a long way! Let managers take time off without guilt!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pay and overall benefits are less than a privately run preschool. Get a job elsewhere

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at La Petite Academy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You have a chance of a good director. However, this varies school to school and has no rhyme or reason.

    Cons

    1. Extremely low pay
    2. Optional benefits for full time are not good
    3. Toys and overall features of the school are outdated and old
    4. Corporate is constantly adding more for the teacher to do with little training and NO planning time
    5. No supply money
    6. Excessive paperwork (cost/benefit is out of balance)
    7. You end up doing all of the lesson plans on your own time at home
    8. Regionally the district manager varies but if you have a bad one, then you are going to hate your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give teachers lesson planning time and supplies. The school is expensive for parents so stop making your teachers beg for EVERY supply from them. It is embarrassing and makes the school look bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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