ECE Teacher (Former Employee) – North Vancouver, BC – 27 December 2018
I sadly had to leave for personal reasons, but I really liked the North Vancouver location. Good and well organized management team and staff were friendly. I felt welcomed right away and the management team were always checking in on me. All the staff genuinely liked each other which was made coming into work really nice.
Friendly Environment, Management Support, Clean, and Close to Public Transit
Early Childhood Educator (Former Employee) – North York, ON – 13 June 2018
The facility itself is amazing! Brightly colored walls, large windows, cameras on site, etc. The issue lies with management. Management overlooks and turns a blind eye to issues amongst staff members and that leads to classrooms in conflict. The staff overturn alone will drive that point home. The children are constantly having to adjust to new staff and wondering where the old staff has gone. Plenty of parents have had concerns about other issues as well, but management makes themselves so unavailable to certain parents that it makes meetings next to impossible. There is an EXTREME lack of communication between Willowbrae and its families. If parent issues and concerns aren't a priority...then what is??
Another issue lies in the constant flip flopping regarding policies. Most centres make a policy and stick to it. Willowbrae will adjust the policies to whatever will make a parent happy at the moment.
Shift schedules. Where to begin? Instead of working the standard 8 hours, Willowbrae operates based on 8 1/2. That's fine (a little annoying, but I digress). However...management always seems to forget to organize staff in such a way that people are able to leave on time. For some reason, staff have to hunt down somebody in charge to let them know they've ended and they have X amount of kids. Or they end up wandering the halls with a number of kids and splitting them among other classrooms. Parents have complained multiple times about their children not being in certain classrooms, or having to hunt down their kids at the end of the day. It's insane!
Overall, anyone whomore... works here for at least a couple of months will understand these ongoing issues. It's quite a shame, considering all the potential Willowbrae has as a centre. If you've just graduated school, I'd say take the job and learn about what kind of environment you DON'T want to work in for your next job.less
ECE Assistant (Former Employee) – New Westminster, BC – 25 March 2017
well most the work was dumped on me while the ECE's and the boss did not help much. it was very unorganized, the co-workers were not friendly at all. the environment was always stressful. they pay sucked and they treated us badly, the turnover rate for employees is sick and i think the children are not treated very well. i could also see that some of the children were scared of the teachers. the owner was very cheap in every aspect and i think the place should be shut down, i do not recommend anyone apply for a job as it wont last long. they hired me then three weeks later they told me they didn't have enough work to keep me in a job with them.