Will work through difficult times to maintain your job
Preschool childcare ECA (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 26 April 2017
In 15 yrs with the YMCA I never felt my job was in jeopardy. They would do almost anything to ensure front line staff didn't feel the brunt of hard economic times. From cutting out Christmas parties to shuffling staff around. Their policies and curriculum are spot on. Management depends almost solely what center you're at (Supervisor) then you have the district manager and HR, all very accessible. You can work at one center and have a supervisor that takes policy and curriculum very seriously and they hover around interrupting and governing everything you do, or another supervisor who is very lax and expects the bare minimum of daily function, then expects a rush around when they know audits or management are coming around....and everything in between. Breeches of policy and procedure are not a career breaker...and there in lies the problem, when you're in a vulnerable sector ie. small children,it should be. If you're a contract/supply/float staff person willing to put you're neck out...that's exactly what you'll do. Your reputation will lead to missed opportunities and/or bullying...and very little will be done to resolve things.
Amazing interactions with children and families.
as ECA in contract/float/supply role you can't afford to be assertive with ECE.