Kindercare Employees

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  1. Joyride

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    Just curious- what's your position and how much to you make? Are the hours usually consistent? I'm thinking of applying.
     
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    Just my two cents, but I would never work for them. They pay for crud, their turnover is extremely high, and their benefits stink. They are a crappy chain hidden by a fancy name. No thanks...never. I'd much rather work for a private smaller center. I have nothing good to say about "chains". They're only in it for the money.
     
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    I am the Center Director of a KinderCare in NJ. There are high turnover rates and low pay in all chain childcare centers. My experiences with KinderCare have been mixed. I have worked at 3 centers as a teacher and have had really good experiences and bad ones too. It greatly depends on the director and the staff working at the center. At my center we pay what other centers in the area pay. We do not have a high turnover rate because we have a very dedicaed staff, great parents, and we are a team. The company is out to make money...that is what companies are about. However, since my background is in education I focus a LOT on the educational aspects of my classrooms and staff. Since directors of the centers come from all different backgrounds (some education, a lot business majors), centers are all run in different ways and with an emphasis on different aspects of the business.

    Apply, interview, ask questions about the benefits and pay... see how you feel about the center. I always let perspective staff freely talk to my current staff and ask questions. The new policy is also that before a new staff member is hired, the come back to teach a short lesson... so that will allow you to get more of a feel and see more of what is going on in the center.

    If you want to ask more specific questions or want to know anything else, PM me or send an email.:) I'd be happy to help in any way I can.
     
  5. Joyride

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    Thanks. I currently have a pretty good position at another private center, but the management sucks and tries to skim around the rules instead of doing what's best for the kids, at times. They also tend to cut back on staff hours instead of providing a consistent schedule. So this is the first time that I feel in a position to actively inquire about the job while interviewing. (Even though you always want to know what you're getting yourself into, I feel like I have more leverage this time around). We'll see what happens...
     
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    I teach kindergarten in a Kindercare in Massachusetts and am very happy. I have worked in public school, private, and now in a corporate owned. They all have their drawbacks. I have a terrific director who is very focused on doing what is best for the children. This makes a world of difference. Just realize that Kindercare is a for profit company and is very interested in the bottom line. But as I said earlier I very much enjoy working for them.
     
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    I'm glad to hear there are some properly ran Kindercare's out there, because all the ones by me are all really in need of some turn around.
     
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    I, too, have worked for KinderCare. I have mixed feelings about them, but I do respect their ability to focus upon the needs of the children.
     
  9. vigilmama

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    i am not an employee of Kindercare but have been a childcare teacher for a few years at a couple other group childcare centers. This is why I should've known better than put my son in one. He has been at Kindercare for 3 months & is 2. He has been non-stop sick since he's been there. About 3 wks ago he was diagnosed with Pneumonia and a double ear infection that was the final straw. Back to home day care is where he belongs. When you find a good home day care the quality is unbeatable and the price is much better. Kindercare staff treat you like a number, the teacher for the most part are not parents themselves...my child had a hard time "conforming" to the group mentality there and they didn't have a clue how to help. I am not saying they are bad teachers at all. What is disappointing is the constant change in teachers in the 2 yr old room from day to day and the communication about my child between them was non-existent. He had a yeast infection and the day his one reg. teacher wasn't there, no one gave him his medication. :( After only 2.5 months in his room they abruptly told me when I was picking him up that he was moving the next room. I was very alarmed to hear this and upset. I was told they sent papers out about this but this was not true I never got any notice and besides when do you switch a childs room and teachers after such a short time. Needless to say, putting my child in this place was similar to putting them in a busy intersection. It has many of the impersonal traits group centers have had that I have worked at. The amount of sickness is unreal and unacceptable. The communication between teachers, directors and parents is fair to very poor. You do not get your money's worth on any level at the center in NE Wisconsin. That said, I feel group daycare in general is not a good choice. Word to the wise, find an experienced mother who is credited or licensed and has a home day care. My son will start at a wonderful home daycare this month, thank the gods!
     
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    We have several Kindercares within 10 miles of each other. The quality of each center varies greatly. One center is constantly out of compliance in regards to staffing ration and educational requirements and another is fantastic and NAEYC approved! You have to treat each as a separate entity.
     
  11. Joyride

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    Wow, that made me so sad to read, especially as a 2's teacher. It does seem to me like our center doesn't necessarily give much notice when moving children up. Thankfully we don't change teachers/assistants that much, but I had to fight for my hours. They would have rather paid the assistants to stay than pay the lead salary. Time and again they've seen how the kids and parents love me, so now I am getting a raise!
     
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    good for you joyride. There is a teacher my son has that sounds like you. She is caring and has a true love for the little 2's. I know some kids get through the group center thing okay but it isn't for my son. I am on the belief now that a small intimate enviroment is the best place, even when he is in elementary school I will find a place that is intimate, small classroom sized.

    When I was a early childcare teacher at one center they treated you like "nothing." Your hours were changed in a days notice and I was moved 5 times to different rooms in 2 yrs with no say at all in it:( It really affected my self esteem even for sometime after I left. Thankfully now I work where I get respect, quite a bit, what an amazing difference!
     
  13. falcons88

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    I agree

    UNfortunately I had to put my daughter in a similar type place, and she has been sick more times in 3 months than in 2+ years at a home daycare. My 6 month old is sick a lot as well. It is so frustrating and I don't know what to do because I won't randomly pick a home daycare unless I know someone that has at leat used them.

    Hey maybe I won the lottery....let me check
     
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    Nope. Not a winner.
     
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    Just an FYI, and I am sure many of you know this, but ALL children get lots of illnesses because of the amount of children in the rooms, not necessarily because the center is not clean. I use to run a very large daycare center outside of my home and the infant and toddler rooms always had someone with a runny nose, a cold, etc. Especailly at this age, they are being exposed to all new germs, are mouthing things, etc. It's not that our center was unclean, it's the age and the amount of kids put in one room. That is just what happens when you place your child (especially that young of one) in a larger facility. Of course other things can factor into it if children are allowed to come sick, etc. However, even the cleanest of large facilities will have sick children on a regular basis. That's just the reality of taking care of a large number of children (not to mention the germs from home, etc.) in one building.

    Now, I run my small home daycare/preschool and I can count the number of times all my kids have been sick on one hand this past year. I will admit, I am a germ and clean freak...but I was also a germ and clean freak at the large center as well. It's just reality. However, even in a small home daycare, small children that are still quite young (infants, 1 year olds) will pick up many other germs that the older children are already immuned to and become sick more often than the others. That's just how it works. The only way around it is if you keep your child home and never go anywhere with him/her...which just isn't realistic. :D I guess my point is, please just don't blame a center for your child being sick unless you know they are turly unsanitary and unclean (which I wouldn't take my child to a place I felt was that way to begin with). It happens and it's reality.
     
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    Here is a link for National Assoc. of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
    naccrra.org

    I found my child's new certified home day care through the site connected to this one for Wisconsin.
    A smaller environment means less sickness, plain & simple.
    How can a child be happy & learn when they are consistently miserable and sick?
    Also here is a link to find the child care options in your area
    childcareaware.org/en/findcare
     
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    Thank you Jenpooh for stating that children will get sick no matter what type of facility they are in. And that in a larger facility children are exposed to a lot more illness than in a smaller home care setting.

    Vigilmama...I am sorry to hear about your experience with KinderCare. Please know that not all KinderCare centers are like to one you experienced. The company has a horrible reputation in some areas, while in others, like mine, we have a great name and have parents referred to us all the time. I have a wonderful staff that is in constant communication with families and is trained in the age group they are working with. And if they are not doing their jobs, they know they will not be working in my center.

    I make sure to let parents know what type of environment their child will be entering into before they decide to enroll. And I always make it a point to let them know that their child will be sick more than usual for around the first 6 months they are in the center. That is how long it usually takes for their immune systems to strenghten. And once the kids have been there for that long, they rarely get sick because their systems are strong. I actually just had a foster mom remove her child from my center because the child is prone to fever and seizure and she has been getting colds and sore throats. So the doctor said her immune system wasn't strong enough yet and with the added risk of seizures they decided it would be best to take her out till she was 2 1/2-3 years old. It happens...:( .
     
  18. Joyride

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    Thanks for the links. I'm not looking for a referral, but it's interesting to see what kind of information is out there. It looks like a very comprehensive site!
     
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    i personally wouldn't just go by the name of the company... kindercare's have gotten a bad rap over the years, but each center is run by it's own director and that is ultimately what makes or breaks any business, especially child care. The kindercare by my house is NAEYC accrediated and I have several friends that work there and they haven't hired a teacher in over a year because no one leaves. So just remember to really ask questions at each particular center you interview at. You know what you want so don't settle until you find it.
     
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    I work at a KinderCare and I think that my management is great. I have always gotten along with them and they have always been willing to work with me around my night classes. If you stick around for a while it will show them that you are willing to work the hours you say, sometimes you have to build trust first!
     
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    Hello. I have been a KinderCare employee for the last three years. I can honestly say I love it there. I am a Infant and Toddler Program Specialist and Lead Preschool Teacher. I have started as a teacher and worked my way up. Not sure if most of you know but KinderCare was purchased but Knowledge Learning Corpation. Which owns several different brands of daycare cares. Since the purchase they have done major changes. I think all for the better. Our management staff all the way up to the in the company are very nice and seem to always put the children first. This is just my opinion but I like it there and our center is NEYC and ELI and we don't have a big turn over.
    Just my thoughts
    Skybabyblue
     
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