Kindercare Reviews

Updated 23 May, 2015
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Pros
  • It's a joy working with children and creating relationships with families (in 11 reviews)

  • Great families and children, very rewarding to watch the children grow (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • High turnover rate of teachers due to low pay (in 17 reviews)

  • Abusive Upper-Management especially at a regional level (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Lead Toddler Teacher

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    Former Employee - Lead Toddler Teacher in Country Club Hills, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Lead Toddler Teacher in Country Club Hills, IL (US)

    I worked at Kindercare full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The children are great and some of the training was nice.

    Cons

    Management is so focus on bringing more children in they don't connect with their employees.
    There is no room for growth. Takes them too long to promote people.
    Be prepared to float around from classroom to classroom in the beginning

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on your employees and the clientele will come because they will see how happy your employees are.

  2. Preschool teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It is Fun, it is in a really good location in Davis square, it is easy off the red line T stop.

    Cons

    There is a lot of curriculum, you aren't allowed to use your cell phones, need someone to cover you for breaks to stay in ratio.

  3. Teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people that you get to work with and a family atmosphere overall, along with people who genuinely care for the well being of the children.

    Cons

    The scheduling and hours. Sometimes you required to take 2-4 hour breaks because management doesn't schedule staffing appropriately. Behavior problems with kids

    Advice to Management

    Hire staffing based upon what your center needs. Understaffed and overworked employees are too busy correcting behavioral problems rather than teaching the kids

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  5. Great!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kindercare

    Pros

    The director was great! Very friendly and upfront
    Childcare discount
    Great benefits
    Education assurance

    Cons

    None so far. Takes a while to get job while everything clears

  6. It's not what they make it out to be

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    Current Employee - Floater in Spring Branch, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Floater in Spring Branch, TX (US)

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time

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

    Pros

    You don't have strict supervision and you get to network with different parents

    Cons

    They give you long breaks so that you get shorter hours

    Advice to Management

    Stop breaking promises .

  7. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Custodia in Newark, DE (US)
    Current Employee - Custodia in Newark, DE (US)

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great management that will work with you

    Cons

    No good benefits such as dental and vision

  8. preschool teaching

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    Former Employee - Preschool Teacher in Fremont, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Preschool Teacher in Fremont, CA (US)

    I worked at Kindercare full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great classrooms, my director was amazing and my co-teachers were on the same page as me so I enjoyed being with them.

    Cons

    the company is owned by retail corporate people, people that i don't think have ever been a teacher. the curriculum is written out in a book for everyday of the year, there is no room for creativity or making a child centered curriculum based around what is relevant in the childrens lives presently.

    Advice to Management

    I was shocked at the requirements to be a teacher there. I was only one of maybe 4 teachers there who had a degree in child development. Also, the pay rate was ridiculously low. The requirements should be more and the pay should be higher for those who meet them.

  9. Major Management Issues

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher

    I have been working at Kindercare (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Decent benefits IF you have children (childcare discount)

    Cons

    Uneducated individuals in management positions, who don't know how to work well with employees and are completely unfamiliar with best practices for early childhood education. Very, very poor compensation for staff who do have degrees and minimal raises or incentives offered, if any. Often classrooms are out of student:teacher ratio for long periods of time because of staffing issues. Lead teachers are rarely given any out of class time to prepare curriculum.

    Advice to Management

    Hire directors and assistant directors who actually have degrees in child development and early childhood education. Regulate professional development days to ensure that staff actually are given full training.

  10. Good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kindercare full-time

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good curriculum support, training opportunities and management training is available if desired. Every location is a little different depending on the director.

    Cons

    Corporate environment is sometimes too focused on profits to the exclusion of providing quality care and adequate staff benefits.

  11. No room for career furthering

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The enjoyment of working with kids, discount to daycare pricing

    Cons

    No chance of moving up, no raises, no loyalty, they don't care about their employers

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your emloyeea


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