Cartwright World of Learning Assistant Centre Manager in Campbelltown NSW
Childcare is hard, if you don't have the right team, managers or support it dosnt work, don't put work before your health, it will defeat you. Put your heart and soul into it but don't let it rule you.
Productive and fun place to work
Staff are so lovely and friendly! Very nice ,creative ,inspired clean environment! Feel reflex to work with the team ! The leaders are very kind to help new staff!
Assistant Educator in Sydney NSW
Demanding and micro-managing. Manager and Lead Educators abusive.
When the manager interviewed me at the start, she asked me how is my English. I replied, I have no problem and in fact I have worked in an office environment before. She acted surprised and rudely asked, "How did that happen?!!" whilst shuffling through my CV. I should have turned around that time..
Lead educators often disappear with excuses like, "I have to check something quick" or "I have to talk to *manager* about something" When you pass by the office, they panic and starts talking about other things related to the centre. They leave the workload to the supporting staff. When it is their time to do an activity, they do something unmotivating activity then copy-pastes their old diary entry.
Area manager comes often to "check" on things around. She goes one time around the centre(most often not even the whole centre) then sits back in the office with the centre manager to continue their blatant gossiping. G8 and managers are focused on the health of their circle of friends. ALWAYS throwing a party or "meeting" in the centre. Meanwhile, we, the staff, who work the hard work are not supported and dumped with more and more paperwork. Not enough time to finish anything!! When nothing is finished, they come back and tells us that, "You have to do this. Why are you not doing this?" If you tell them not enough time or staff, the answer is always the same: "I am trying to find one".
The amount of paperwork is also astounding, it is micro-managing everybody. That is not how you improve the centre. Support your staff--not through filling more unnecessary documents--reward them properly: Pay them decent, give them resources, renovate the centres, and tell the lead educators to go back to their room and lift their own load.
The educator-children ratio is beyond poor. My colleagues and I fill up the WWCC document honestly(don't want to be in trouble with the gov) and the manager comes and changes the no. of educator. She would claim that she is counted in the no. of educator but she NEVER comes to the room to participate.
Daily diary programs are a lot to do in a day with the number of children. We often go through them with the kids like stamping documents. I don't think they learn a lot but going through the obstacle course only in one go.
Let me go back to the manager and lead educators. When they lose their patience, they drag children on their wrists across the room to silence them and make them behave. When the manager comes in the room and a child is misbehaving, she would roll her eyes around then shouts at the child, "You are acting like a baby!!" as she walks out of the room. They act so nice and sweet with the parents... if only they know.
Most of the colleagues are wonderful, nice and funny. Families are nice and the children sweet. I loved them so much, too bad I didn't get to say good bye properly.
Lead Educator in Cairns QLD
stressful work place
worked here for years , company doesnt respect you or the children only care about the income. Always over ratioed under staff, company protects their assets more then their staff
Lead Educator in Melbourne VIC
Forced into using all leave entitlements during COVIDs first wave, now second time around we have no leave and they’re cutting hours with no pay. They don’t care about their employees at all.
Prior to COVID - not rewarded for any extra hours put in, given minimal programming time, no training time & not reimbursed for resources brought - stingy & tight & management are snooty & ignore floor staff- the ones who actually do the hard work !!