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Updated May 24, 2018
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Pros
  • Teaching and working with children (in 5 reviews)

  • Children, families, fun, activities, summer camp, field trips and all the smiles and giggles (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management support is sparse, at best (in 7 reviews)

  • Long days, low pay, lots of stress (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Children's Courtyard part-time

    Pros

    The children, some of my co-workers, and one of the directors were super nice and helpful.

    Cons

    Some employees who had been there for awhile and did not want to be there anymore, but had no where else to go.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your employees refreshed and happy. Happy teachers, happy children, and happy parents

    The Children's Courtyard Response

    Nov 17, 2017 – Recruiting Coordinator

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback as a former employee with The Children's Courtyard. We are glad you enjoyed your time working with the children and staff members at the center... More


  2. "School Age Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at The Children's Courtyard full-time

    Pros

    The atmosphere is amazing and so are all the teachers I work with. I love the kids I work with and I love the parents and I enjoy going to work.

    Cons

    There is always a need for teachers so there is a lot of jumping around to classes that you weren't hired for originally.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest upfront about jumping to other classes and how frequent you would have to do it.

    The Children's Courtyard Response

    Dec 13, 2017 – Recruiting Coordinator

    Thank you for taking the time to share your review. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

  3. "Management is the absolute worse"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in The Woodlands, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in The Woodlands, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Children's Courtyard part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The children are so easy to love, and you have weekends off!

    Cons

    • Overworked for the pay
    • Management attitudes are so disgusting.
    • They don’t like to help, and love to ignore you when you call for help, because according to them, “everything is common knowledge.” Also they don’t believe in hands on training. They’ll throw you in a room by yourself within the first week.

    Advice to Management

    I’d rather not name names, but the entire front office needs to take a class on how to manage staff properly.
    •Stop overworking employees
    •Work on patience
    •Treat employees how you would want to be treated


  4. "Loved the kids, but not worth the pay"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Mansfield, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Mansfield, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Children's Courtyard part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Children
    (Some) Parents
    Friendly staff
    Every day is different
    Flexibiliy

    Cons

    (Some) Parents, for example those who have children who misbehave but put the blame on others instead of working with the teacher to resolve the issue
    Low pay
    Managers pick favorites
    Huge kids to teacher ratio

    Advice to Management

    Don't over work your staff, put too many children in one room (even if there's two teacher and they are in ratio) sometimes depending on the children it could become difficult if there is troublesome group of children


  5. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Children's Courtyard full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are good The buildings are good

    Cons

    Upper management is poor, People are put into the job with no training. I was given a school with 2 months of getting it they closed it. They had to know about it before they gave me the school. really messed up

    Advice to Management

    Do better!! Train your employees Be honest with the management team


  6. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Children's Courtyard full-time

    Pros

    Enjoy working with kids .

    Cons

    Too much responsibilities as compare to pay


  7. "Terrible"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The children and most co workers

    Cons

    Management is terrible. Horrible upkeep. Fire alarm consistently going off, gas smelling issues. Dirty DIRTY DIRTY. Infant room doesn’t have heat so they had babies in cold 50 degree environment. Constantly trying to cut hours so they don’t have to pay.

    Advice to Management

    Shut down this place. Immediately! Parents and children deserve better.

  8. "Turn around!!"

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    Former Employee - Lead Toddler Teacher in Pflugerville, TX
    Former Employee - Lead Toddler Teacher in Pflugerville, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Children's Courtyard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Kids, some parents, and a few good friends

    Cons

    Management, roaches everywhere, ratios always over, some crappy coworkers, filthy establishment.

    Advice to Management

    BUY WHAT THE TEACHERS NEED!! Communicate with EVERYONE and don’t play favorites. Make sure babies get fed and changed. I saw breastmink (liquid gold) go down the drain. Literally.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Full time Assistant Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Preschool Teacher in Grand Prairie, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Preschool Teacher in Grand Prairie, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Children's Courtyard full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The kids, and weekends off.

    Cons

    I was hired with no background experience in a daycare setting. I told my director; I wouldn't be comfortable on my own for a couple days. Just so, I could get a feel for the kids and the classroom and the routine that the lead teacher had going. I started on a Friday at 11:00 am, they put me with preschool children which I did not mind. At 12:30 after only being in the classroom for an hour and a half they had me take a 2 hour lunch. I come back at 2:30 and I stay the rest of the day until 5 pm. Monday was staff development day so the children were not there and we had training. Tuesday rolls around and only 6 kids show up because of bad weather and I'm sent home early because of ratio. Keep in mind, I've only been in this classroom for about 9 hours total of the two work days. Wednesday comes and things are going swell. I'm with the lead teacher and she's showing me the schedule and the routines. I come back at 2:30 after my two hour lunch and I learn that the lead teacher whom is training me is not feeling good and she's going to go home & management is asking me if I can watch the classroom alone. Keep in mind, at this point I've maybe had two days of training in this classroom. I told management, I did not feel comfortable with 18 kids by myself after only having two days of classroom training. She acted really rude with me because I was no comfortable with this. I didn't even know the kids names. This left a bad taste in my mouth. I quit, honestly if you are not going to train me properly and basically throw me to the wolves with parents and kids that I don't even know their names. I'm basically a stranger.

    Advice to Management

    Do not lie to your new hires. I was told I would be training for two weeks with a teacher. They "trained" me two days before trying to put me by myself until closing. Full well knowing, I had no prior daycare experience.


  10. "decent place to work when you're young"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Children's Courtyard full-time

    Pros

    Willing to train and allow you to move up

    Cons

    They have a high turn over

    The Children's Courtyard Response

    Dec 13, 2017 – Recruiting Coordinator

    We appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback as a former Children's Courtyard employee. We are deeply committed towards ensuring a supportive work environment for all employees. Educating... More


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