Kiddie Academy

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Kiddie Academy Reviews

Updated 28 September 2014
Updated 28 September 2014
24 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kiddie Academy

    Pros

    It's like a family, everyone truly cares about the children and each other

    Cons

    Low pay(but that's normal in childcare)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The owner of the one I work at seems to care more about money then the employees but everyone else is great

  2.  

    Nice Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher  in  Centreville, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Centreville, VA (US)

    I worked at Kiddie Academy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The company seemed to work with teachers, not against them. I did not work there for a long time, because I had to leave due to a family situation, but the director was fair and had an open ear.

    Cons

    The room I worked in was rather large, and did not agree with one of the assistant directors who thought it tactful to yell at children in order to gain a response from them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The director was good, but I feel the assistant director needs a bit of training when dealing with challenging children.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Kiddie Academy review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher

    I have been working at Kiddie Academy

    Pros

    Working with Children, if you work in day care-education you have to love what you do. They have a curriculum written for you so if you want to you can use that. I didn't like it but its available. I happen to be very lucky and work with people I loved.

    Cons

    It is franchised, so every center is different. They all follow corporate policy, yet are given a lot of freedom to run as they see fit. Expectation and paper work is very high, with very little help. It is also daycare so the pay is not very much.

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  5.  

    Has the potential to be a wonderful place to work.

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher  in  Batavia, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Batavia, IL (US)

    I worked at Kiddie Academy full-time

    Pros

    Your co-workers are really a team. Everyone works together
    They were really flexible about time off.

    Cons

    Very low pay for a lead teacher.
    Very few raises given.
    They claim to promote form within, but they do not.
    Very high turn over rate
    High turn over rate for management
    Not a lot of appreciation given to staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be supportive to your teachers. When there are 7,8,9 children that are making it impossible to teach the majority of students, a plan needs to be put into action by management. Additional help and hands need to be put into that classroom and your employees need to feel that they matter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Kiddie Academy Review

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher  in  Naperville, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Naperville, IL (US)

    I have been working at Kiddie Academy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The director and my co-workers are very nice and welcoming. Any job where you work with children is awesome! The center is very nice, clean, and professional.

    Cons

    The owner does not seem to care or appreciate the employees and is only interested in making money. The hours are very long and the pay is not too good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more understanding when it comes to the teachers. Our job is not that easy or simple.

    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    horrible place to work and bring your children

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    Former Employee - Employee  in  Gainesville, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Employee in Gainesville, VA (US)

    I worked at Kiddie Academy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    good hours good teachers to work with

    Cons

    The management team sucks . from the regional director to the center director Hena in Gainesville. They treat the employees like dirt don't want to pay them half the time and cut your hours every chance they get. Not to mention they don't hardly feed the children and on occasion water down the milk when they don't want to by any

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is not a lot of good things to say about this place but management needs to value the employees they have working there instead of making them feel like you are doing them a favor by working there. The owner needs to be more hands on instead of letting a 23 yo child TRY and run the center by micro management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    I enjoy working at Kiddie Academy!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kiddie Academy

    Pros

    Hours are great
    Staff is close
    Owner is fantastic
    Parent and kids are great
    It's a job where you work hard, but also get to have fun

    Cons

    The hardest part of working there is almost constant drama. It's very "cliquey". If you can look past that, you will be fine.
    Pay is rather low. Especially for a lead teacher.

  9.  

    fun

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kiddie Academy

    Pros

    nice teachers, wonderful children, friendly staff

    Cons

    very often we run out of napkins, paper towels, unorganized.

  10.  

    Curriculum needs work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kiddie Academy full-time

    Pros

    Great looking school and doing very well financially. Director is very understanding and supportive. I haven't seen or heard much about corporate, but it seems most rules and regulations are up to the owner/director.

    Cons

    Because it's a franchise things will vary place to place. The curriculum is old and should be updated; and the location I work for will not let me write my own (other than occasional substitutions). Very strict time off policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please please please update the curriculum. Many books cannot be found online or in stores anymore. Many activities/recipes call for nuts/peanuts and most schools are "nut-free zones" these days. The curriculum is also very obviously written for schools on the east coast.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Alright place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Leesburg, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leesburg, VA (US)

    I worked at Kiddie Academy full-time

    Pros

    Being able to connect with kids, flexibility and some freedom to implement your own curriculum, plenty of training sessions granted they weren't helpful in my weaknesses.

    Cons

    Lack of direction/help especially with classroom management, lack of benefits, lack of materials to help classrooms, high turnover of staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to ideas from staff and other teachers

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