Don’t Chase Teachers

Don't Chase TeachersVery often parents become way too attached to a teacher in a preschool. That is the individual who is taking care of your child while you are gone, so it is quite understandable.

Parents do not like seeing turnover in a childcare center. They want a consistent environment for their child with as little change as possible. Everyone who owns and runs a childcare center is very aware of this fact. It is one of the worst things for a center when a parent or guardian loses a teacher that they and their child are extremely fond of and trust. Although parents do not like seeing turnover, you as a parent need to evaluate what caused the departure of that teacher.

I recommend that every parent make sure they build a strong relationship with the owner of the center they are using. In many centers the owner is there all the time. If an owner is not reachable, local or a full-time operator, I would suggest not using that center. Owners may have multiple facilities, but if they are full-time operators and actively involved, it should not be hard to see them on a regular basis. Usually such owners designate certain days to be at particular centers.

A childcare center is an important extension of your family. They must understand and exude the values you want instilled in your child. Your child spends many of his or her most impressionable moments in this environment. If the owner of the center you are using, or interested in using, is not the type of individual you would want to hire to baby sit your precious child, or if the owner does not share the core values and fundamental beliefs you have when it comes to the raising of your child, FIND A CENTER THAT DOES. I cannot stress that enough.

The owner of your chosen center and his/her personal assistant are the ones with whom you should be bonding and sharing your concerns, hopes and dreams for your child. Like all companies, the organization will reflect the attitude, traditions, beliefs and values of its owner.

So how does this all play into “don’t chase teachers”? A good center which runs a strict program with its employees does so for the safety and betterment of your child. You may have a teacher you and your child love, but if the owner and the director find that the teacher has done something that could compromise the safety of a child, the next time you walk into the center your favorite teacher may be gone.

It’s a tough line a center owner and director must walk. While they are very aware parents dislike losing a teacher to which they are attracted, if they are on top of things, running a tight ship and monitoring the rooms at all times, a teacher must be expendable for the betterment of the child. A center’s #1 goal should be the protection and safety of your child. You need to trust your owner and center completely!

Some centers should remove a teacher and don’t because they fear the repercussions of angering parents and potentially losing customers. They figure they are better off managing the problem that during the day you will never get to see, than removing the teacher and upsetting a full class room of parents. If this should occur, they are not doing what is right for the children and doing what is right for the children should be driving every decision made within a center. Teachers will always come and go… directors with out-of-town owners will always come and go.

However, local onsite owners and their personal directors and assistant directors, even in the case of multiple facility ownership, will almost always have their heart and soul on the line. They most likely did not get into this field for the money. So when seeing or hearing or asking about turnover, take into account it could reflect a good center and does not necessarily have negative connotations. While you do not want to see a great deal of turnover in a center, it could be a good thing if it is because they are running a tight ship, monitoring the staff and watching the children more intensely than the center down the road with less turnover.

Don’t follow the teachers; they move around. They just might not like following the strict rules that are in place in your center to protect your child. Find an owner you can trust and with whom you can build a relationship, and you will be able to tell if it’s a happy center.

Watch the kids, if they are happy you can’t go wrong!