I was hired by this Kiddie Academy a couple months ago and thought everything was great. When I was hired as a lead teacher all the other staff looked at me like I had 10 heads lol ( I should have known) because apparently to appease the owner, the director hired me but behind my back had given the position to one of her favorite employees. So everything I did I was in the wrong, anything that happened in the classroom was my fault. The director would call into the classroom and instead of relaying whatever message needed to be said to whomever answered the phone, she would ask for my co-worker, tell her the message, and then have her relay the message to the rest of the staff in the classroom. Mind you, I have more experience than most of these girls have been alive. The company is run by a unprofessional director who baby talks all day and tells you she will fire anyone who causes drama or gossips, when she and her best friend Assistant Director, do nothing but talk about people behind their backs to other staff members that are in their click. I also found out that if my co-worker feels threatened by another teacher she will go and cry to director the director and ultimately make that persons life difficult so they quit or the director just fires them using reasons that aren't valid. They don't send home children with fevers of 103 because the Director doesnt want to upset the parents. But when staff gets sick they have a major issue with it, unless your my co worker then
Directors are unorganized and fail to efficiently and genuinely make their employees feel appreciated.
I am dissatisfied with my experience at KAH. The directors consistently used condescending tones to speak to their employees, and were unprofessional and quite often immature. They lacked consideration for the employee's personal time outside of work, and more often then not, were unsympathetic to the needs or circumstances of their employees both in and out of their working environment. As a former employee at Kiddie Academy, I did not feel adequately appreciated for my efforts, and it was evident that management failed to give credit where it was due because favoritism and double standards were exercised religiously by the directors. While some employees were responsible and performed their duties well, others were allowed to get through the day with minimal to no actual work executed during their shift. In addition, the lack of organization and support was appalling. The directors almost never had a an efficient and rational back up plan to prepare for call outs or employee absences. Teachers were consistently being moved around from one classroom to the next, whether or not they had ever worked with that age group or were familiar with those students. That created a great sense of instability for the children because they consistently had to adjuste to new faces, and that usually made them and their parents really uncomfortable. Also, students with behavioral issues or learning disabilities were not properly evaluated by the school or the child's physician. There were a f
Prosweek ends off
Conswork schedules did not permit for an employee to handle personal doctors appointments or errands, directors were inconsiderate of their employees personal time, favoritism, double standards, unprofessionalism
TL/DR at bottom.
While the assistant teachers I worked with were amazing, management and most lead teachers had a serious clique issue. The assistant teachers would be forced to pull the weight of the lead teachers in the classroom because management would pull out their favorite lead teachers to the front and do office work if we were in student teacher ratio making the entire facility feel short staffed when we were in fact over staffed. To add on this facility has a "no time out" policy and it makes disciplining a child extremely difficult, especially when management does not give us suggestions to redirect negative behavior, to the point where I began to ignore the rule for the safety of my students as I have had students in my class who would throw heavy toys with one instance hitting another child. This same student would repeatedly punch and kick me causing me to go home with bruises and it took management two weeks of this kid in my class to notify the parents. Management has also given terrible advice when I was dealing with an explosive tantrum and word for word told me to "let them do what they want". Also one day as the assistant teachers were closing down the classrooms and management made one of my coworkers close down two rooms originally without help i finished my room early and went to help her finish up because i felt that was unfair to make her do that alone we began to talk about how unhappy we were with management among other things while still clocked i
A place with potential, but lacks proper management.
The place itself is not bad. Most of the teachers are very hardworking but are underpaid and lack the support of strong management. The current Director has her door opened and is ready to listen to concerns, issues, or feedback from employees; unfortunately, lacks the ability to keep confidential matters within the office. In addition, there is an extreme amount of gossip that while the teachers can be written up for. Yet, when this is continued or started by higher management- it is brushed under the rug.
There is a friendship between the staff, so if you are ever mistreated by upper management and voice your concerns, expect a laugh. They will not handle it. You can choose to stay in your awkward position or choose to leave, but things rarely changed there... even meeting after meeting. You are expected to have high performance and high results with little to NO support. The professional and personal lines are often too crossed to not have issues.
Regarding the classroom, they are usually short on teachers so there will be days when you have twice the work, twice the risk with the students, and you are still responsible for the accidents or incidents that happen within the classroom. Clear communication is usually encouraged when addressing parents, but there will be times that you have to handle all of the backlash yourself so be ready for high stress.
The pay varies, it is quite low for the responsibility but if you get lucky it'll be decent for starters.
Don’t even waste your time. This is probably the most disrespectful place I have ever worked in my career as a Certified Culinarian. I was offered a full-time job with the promise my hours would be the same (this didn't happen). Over the past year that I worked in this child care center I witnessed three Center Directors come and go, the last one is still there. Turnover rate is so high. They constantly move teachers and helpers around. There wasn’t any training or orientation in my first day and the current Center Director ordered me into the kitchen in a very rude manner requesting I make 150 homemade pancakes in one hour. I was the only worker in the kitchen and was required to cook breakfast, snacks and lunch for 145 children, order food and I was the dishwasher/cleaner. And paid very low wages. I was horrified with the quality of food and small portions they were giving to the children before I arrived. Cooks are usually offered free lunch (not in this place). I was unaware I was prohibited to eat in this kitchen. I put one slice of orange in my mouth when the owner walked in to welcome me, her exact words were: “I want to let you know I am the owner, as you can see, (with her hands on her hip) I walk and move around all day so coming to my kitchen and seeing you eat that tiny slice of orange is really frustrating me”. That was the beginning of humiliation, over-worked and disrespected I would experience over next year. My sense of professionalism and commitment is ve
A typical day at work consists of having to do an amount of work for four people but essentially on your own and with a full class. The only thing worse then the piece of junk iPads are the ancient vacuum cleaners that are most definitely a hazard at this point. Management is untrustworthy and cheap (hence why we have the worlds first ever vacuum cleaners to our disposal). Many people there are two-faced, especially the ladies up front, who will say that it's unprofessional to carry a thermos around but will straighten each other's hair and say nasty things about co-workers without care at the front desk. You are promised a decent pay but never get it and let me tell you...wiping butts for $8-9 an hour gets old real quick. I could be flipping burgers at a better buck and get benefits. Yeah, you don't get any insurance here. NONE. Which is almost hilarious considering the fact that it's a childcare facility so you know you're going to get real sick from time to time. Don't bother asking for a raise because they'll only bump it up to fifty cents max and then coincidentally you'll lose your job the next week because your services are no longer needed (HA! Do you realize how short-staffed we are when you pull that stunt, managers?). Also, they have phones in all the classrooms for teachers to contact the front desk or whoever for whatever the reason. God forbid you should ever have an emergency because the front desk blows off half the phone calls (what if a child was
Adore the kids and the people I work with, do not adore the workload or benefits
I’ve been working at Kiddie Academy for under a year, and I’ve seen many positive and negative aspects. I began as an assistant teacher, which was great when I was finally placed in the program I was hired to work in! Being able to spend the day with kids, still have an active role in teaching throughout the day, and feel a sense of purpose without the load of lesson planning, prep, etc. was awesome. I felt I was wanting more a few months in and so they started having the teacher I worked with train me for a lead teaching position. I ended up getting promoted way sooner than I expected, but I was still excited about the opportunity. However I only got a DOLLAR raise and no additional benefits or vacation. And once I really got started in this new position I have quickly realized how unacceptable the compensation is for the amount of work I now have in and out of the school. I take work home almost every day and spend additional hours of my own time working to stay on top of everything. I don’t get paid overtime for the work I do at home and I am not allowed to stay clocked in if I try to do this work at the school still. I have found myself really wanting the work-life balance I felt I had when I was an assistant teacher back, but it’s been stated repeatedly by different managers that they want us to move up and forward in this company so I don’t feel like going back to assistant teaching is an option. They are understaffed and genuinely trying to make efforts to hire people
ProsGreat coworkers and very nice facility
ConsNo work-life balance for lead teachers, very little vacation time, short breaks, not enough pay for the amount of responsibility
This is a very nice child care center. There are top of the line toys and equipment for the children to play with and great resources for the teachers to utilize. Most of the children who attend the center are very pleasant to work with, as are their families. The owners are also very pleasant. However, there are some problems. Two teachers will have to exact same schedule, except one will have an hour break and the other a thirty minute break. It makes no sense. A lot of the teachers like to gossip, especially at nap time. They also will talk to each other across the hall or through the bathrooms at times instead of paying proper attention to their classroom. Many of the teachers are highly qualified, but at the same time many are just parents who it seems needed a break on affording good care for their children. The director singles people out and seems to play favorites with her staff. One minute she will be your best friend, the next minute she is pointing out your every flaw. The staff aren't supposed to discuss their pay, but some of them do anyways. What I learned from this is that there are people who work there with no child care experience whatsoever who make more than someone with actual experience. I feel as if this center is run more like a business for profit than a business for parents to leave their children in care. The director at times also seems more concerned with reaching the next STAR level and impressing DPW than anything else. While an employee will
A typical day of work at Kiddies Academy was as follows: I used to get there at 3:00 pm. when some of the kids were just coming out of their school. When they arrived I greeted them and gave them snacks. We had to wait until the rest of the kids came back from their school, so in the mean time they did their homework. I checked their homework and made sure that they finished it. If they had any questions or if they needed help regarding their homework I supported them. After homework time was over we used to go outside to the playground for 45 minutes. Afterwards we came back inside and did crafts or fun dynamic activities until their parents came to pick them up.We had a monthly staff and professional development meetings given and hosted by the school. I learned how a daycare center runs, which activities it provides, and sometimes I subbed in other classrooms; therefore I was able to meet and get to know all of the children and their parents. I had a great relationship with my co-workers and I was lucky to have made good friendships with most of them. Currently I am working in their summer camp. The hardest part of the job was that some of the students were very disrespectful, so at the beginning it was hard for me to control the class and to get the child's respect. However, as time went by and the kids got to know me I was able to manage the classroom and build a great respecting and friendly relationship with my students. For that reason the most enjoyable part of my jo
ProsOpportunity to meet a lot of students and parents that I also saw in MECC
ConsI was asked to move to another classroom, I wasn't in my classroom with my students, and was not able to work with them with the material I had prepared.
Detail-oriented -- quality and precision-focused
Aggressive -- competitive and growth-oriented
Outcome-oriented -- results-focused with strong performance culture
Stable -- traditional, stable, strong processes
People-oriented -- supportive and fairness-focused
Team-oriented -- cooperative and collaborative
That is all a lie . You will not find that at this location.Go ahead an apply and you will see for yourself. You have no room to express anything without it being misinterpreted. The management style is a one way. The top detail listed above does not apply to this location. That is Kiddie Academy Inc projection of what they requires each individual to have. If you are a High school student going into college this place might be for your. If you have obtained you CDA and prefer working with children in this arena , then this is for you.
But if you are a professional and want to work with more professional individual who do not gossip , lack understanding, trust their employees understand business principle then take my advice and run away from here.
Originally when i applied i thought that it was a great place and i envisioned that i will make an impact or a difference. Instead the pressure and stress level and some discrimination as well ( they will disagree but it is there) had an impact. People working there are like robot and obviously there is no culture whatsoever. But if you feel that this doesn't pertain to you be my guest a
Questions And Answers about Kiddie Academy
What is the best part of working at Kiddie Academy?
Asked Oct 15, 2019
The kids & weekends off
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What is the interview process like at Kiddie Academy?
Asked Nov 29, 2016
It was a formal interview and a relax one. The process was easy, and they are flexible.
Answered Apr 10, 2022
At the location I was hired at, I applied on Indeed and immediately came in for an interview. It was one step interview. It was easy and was asked when did I want to start.
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What questions did they ask during your interview at Kiddie Academy?
Asked Dec 13, 2016
I was not asked any questions. I was just handed an application and hired on the spot.
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Do you know the right language when speaking to children?
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If you were in charge, what would you do to make Kiddie Academy a better place to work?
Asked Feb 28, 2017
I would definitely limit the number of kids accepted so the ratio is in order, treat my employees fairly, make sure everything is organized, and communicate effectively.
Answered May 31, 2022
Encourage more people to join our team
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