Work schedule

Morning and afternoon educators work together to implement the day’s curriculum and provide for the children’s daily needs. Consistency of caregivers is important for the quality of care, so we strive for consistency in the staff scheduled in each classroom. There will likely be a different staff member for dropoff and pickup.

Weekly schedule

Employee schedules are determined by enrollment, availability, and seniority. Although we do our best to respect individual preferences for schedules, staff members are expected to work the schedule we have determined will best maintain a high standard of care for our children and families. We reserve the right to increase, reduce or eliminate staff hours or employment due to a change in student enrollment.

The following guidelines apply to work schedules:

Humanities

We use an online program to create and track the weekly staff schedule. Schedules are posted for you to view by 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Please “acknowledge” your schedule. An app is available for download on both iOS and Android devices as well.

Breaks

Because of the stressful nature of childcare, we encourage all staff members to take regular breaks during their workday. By state law, any employee working 6 or more hours must be provided with a half-hour unpaid meal break.

There are times when you may need to leave the class under the supervision of your co-worker, including:

In all cases, we expect you will be considerate of your co-workers and of your responsibility to your class and keep time out of the classroom under 10 minutes. For any other purpose that takes you out of the building (examples: to go out to get lunch, or to smoke a cigarette), you must use your scheduled break time.

Our break guidelines are:

On occasion admin may ask you to forgo your scheduled break (leaving early instead), or to take your break earlier or later than scheduled.

Time off requests

Any requests for time off must be handled according to the guidelines listed in the Paid Time Off (PTO) section in the Benefits Handbook.

Schedule changes

No change to the current schedule may occur without prior approval. To request a change to your current schedule, you must complete a Staff Schedule Change form and submit it to the director. Please note that no request is guaranteed. You should not schedule classes or outside activities until the director approves your change. You will be notified as soon as possible whether your request has been approved. An explanation will be provided if the request cannot be accommodated. Seniority, availability of coverage, and job performance are the most important factors the administration considers when deciding whether to approve a schedule change.