Kinder Kids International School Employee Reviews about "prep time"

Updated Aug 9, 2020

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  • "I will never forget the four the years I spent teaching with Kinder Kids(in 11 reviews)

  • "The kids are great and the emphasis is on learning through having fun and having their interests piqued(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "They would stay at the school (with unpaid overtime) to work on lesson plans they had no time to work on during the day(in 8 reviews)

  • "Shortage of cover teachers and/or day care help can mean very little prep time for teachers(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (10)

    "Native English class teacher"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Class Teacher in Tokyo
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kinder Kids International School full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The kids is the only this that comes to mind.

    Cons

    Since KK wants to remove my review I’m going to write this again: You can fly to the Democratic Republic of Congo and gather a random assortment of bonobo monkeys, and they would do a better job empathizing with and managing their staff in the Tokyo branches of this company. There is constant staff turmoil and turnover and you will get no support when you’re told as you’re walking in the door that you need to have extra kids in your class because the management team refuses to hire an adequate amount of staff to cover the needs of legal student to teacher ratios. You can have students in your class with special needs and it will be entirely your responsibility to manage that, again with no support, despite you not being a special ed teacher. A/C machines will be broken for months in the middle of summer to the point where classrooms reach 30+ C and childrens faces turn red and you will be patronized for reporting it. A teacher had a life threatening health incident and they taped up a tarp to the staff bathroom and made her stay in there for 3+ hours as she was bleeding profusely so they could call her family to pick her up in a taxi from a town over. Because an ambulance could, under no circumstances, be seen at the school. If you’re not Japanese and have no family in the country you would probably die if you experienced something similar due to the company threatening staff from calling an ambulance for its image alone. You do not matter to these people. You are disposable. My mental health sky rocketed the day I left Kinder Kids after spending years being belittled by people that can never do what the teaching staff does on a day to day basis. The environment is toxic in Tokyo and the turn over rate is embarrassing. Don’t be naive like me and get attached to the kids, nothing about you as a person matters to this company and they will make that clear. Favoritism is does happen but the main culprits of the toxicity are the management of the Tokyo region. You will get next to 0 class prep time but be expected to produce hand crafted curricula for both your class time and the day care shifts that nobody tells you about until you’ve signed your contract after landing in a foreign country. Hours are 9am-6pm with a forced 1 hour unpaid break. But you will be pressured and gaslit into hours of unpaid overtime. And they take no consideration into class partnerships. You can have a great, supportive partner that is in the same mental space of suffering as you, or you could be paired up with an opposite personality that is not good for either of you and causes extra tension than what is already caused by management. If you want to live in Japan you’re better off doing JET or the American school. I spent my time in japan miserable because of this toxic company that did nothing for me as a person. I was the same person the first day as the last day, with a dose of severe stress and depression added into the mix.

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  2. "good experience, sometimes very demanding, but worth it!"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
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    Current Employee - Nursery Teacher in Tokyo
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kinder Kids International School full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -the children! -co-workers and management -you are always busy (i like being busy!) -well organized curriculum -very supportive environment

    Cons

    -not enough prep time -some school buildings look old/not enough space for kids -old toys -work/life balance can be challenging -company seemed to be focussed on how to make more money although at some point the managers should think about investing more in the kid's wellbeing (more/new toys, better playgrounds outside) -too many rules (if you compare it to other preschools)


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great experience"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kinder Kids International School

    Pros

    Japanese staff- extremely hard working Curriculum- Pre-Kinder..good and the Head Office tries significantly to review and fix any issues. It also gives the teacher room to improve and bring their own ideas and creativity to the classroom. Allows passionate teachers the ability to create an educational and caring environment for students. Many individuals both teachers and head office staff truly care about the students and the overall workings of the school.

    Cons

    Grad curriculum is terrible. Barely any prep time. Extra classes (grad, conversation and baby class) taught by teachers also with little to no prep time. Head office fails to inform or speak little about this to new hires. Pay close attention to your salary...it can often be wrong. HR is over worked and seems to be only one person for the all the schools in japan. The past two years have shown a high number of turnover. It's a business. (quote the Owner)

  4. "Hands on job with a heart"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Kinder Kids International School full-time

    Pros

    - Having your own class for a full year means that you will form deep attachments to your students. - Management tiers are set up constructively, with most small issues being handled inside the school, but with a clear ladder of escalation if needed. - Time off requests are responded to in a timely manner, sick days are also handled professionally. - A lot of class material is provided, with plenty of opportunity to supplement with your own items to personalize the teaching experience. - Advancement is readily available to proactive teachers, and suggestions are openly welcomed. This is definitely a job where you get what you put into it. It does take a lot of time and energy, and there are certainly a few unexpected disastrous days. But ultimately it is greatly rewarding.

    Cons

    - Shortage of cover teachers and/or day care help can mean very little prep time for teachers. I would often have to stay late or prep crafts at home over the weekend. - This is a somewhat physically taxing position that requires you to kneel often, lift items (and sometimes children), and generally be very energetic. Not a con, but less mobile applicants should take into consideration.

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good opportunity to work with children"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kinder Kids International School

    Pros

    Kinder Kids provides a good opportunity to experience early childhood teaching in Japan. It's wonderful having your own class (unlike ALT teaching) and seeing the children grow and become more confident in their English speaking ability. It is a lot of responsibility, and can become quite stressful at times, but it is a rewarding experience. The compensation is at, or just above, the market level, and the benefits are standard for International School teaching in Japan. Salaries are always paid on time, with no hassles or concerns about pay being withheld. Management is very quick to get back about time off requests, and they are willing to work with you in times when you need time off for any emergency situations.

    Cons

    The daycare schedule can get busy and hectic in the afternoon, especially for the preschool teachers. There is never quite enough prep time available to teachers to get everything done that needs to be done.

  6. Helpful (7)

    "Great Company to work for if you are serious about teaching!"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Hirakata, Osaka
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kinder Kids International School full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The pay is at, or in some cases (depending on your experience) above the market average for International school teaching. Its a really wonderful thing to have your own classroom, to really be apart of helping children grow into these funny, smart bilingual people. Its challenging, fast-paced, and immensely rewarding. This is not a company that provides a relaxed cushy job, where you can coast through- spending every night out in a bar or club living a party lifestyle. You can work at an Ekaiwa if that is what you want... But if you want to be a real teacher, and you aren't certified to teach in your home country- this is a great workplace. The company is also very supportive and will hear your concerns with care and empathy. The Management will also really listen to you if you want to change to a different school or have a different teaching partner. They are invested in their teachers and want them to stay. Teachers are overall treated very well. If you are serious about teaching, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    If you teach the Kinder levels, you will never be given enough prep time to meet your duties within the working hours of 9-6PM. This is because in addition to teaching your class- you are also a daycare teacher (which also requires prep time). As a Nursery or Toddler teacher, it is almost possible to complete most of your prep within the the allotted time (depending on the school). But don't be surprised if you find yourself working during your lunch break. If you are partnered up with a JT that gets along with you- you will have a great year. If not- well, try not to get too upset, and do the best you can, until it comes time to talk to management about the following school year. Japanese schooling used to be very strict in terms of overall manners and eating policies. Kinder Kids has a very progressive policy in these arenas, but some of the JTs are still very old school. They break company policy shamelessly when it comes to lunch and behavioral management procedures. Its a very grey area, and I found it very uncomfortable to be in the middle. Most of the kids attending the schools are very wealthy and the parents have high expectations for the children's performances during school events and their crafts/school work. It will fall on you to make sure these expectations are met (even if they are against company policy), and the Japanese side of your school will be very angry with you if you don't meet their cultural expectations. Which may mean lots of unpaid overtime- or making crafts that are more your creation than your children's.

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