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Addressing the Issue of Preschool Teacher Turnover

Addressing the Issue of Preschool Teacher Turnover

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June 7, 2016 | Ron Spreeuwenberg
As a preschool director, one of the biggest challenges you may face is a high rate of staff or teacher turnover. If your child care center offers a variety of half-day, full-day, before and after school programs, it can be difficult to find skilled yet flexible caregivers who are comfortable working within the hectic schedules of your facility.

High turnover can have a huge impact on you as a director as well as on your staff. When other members of your team witness staff come and go, it sends a negative message to them. As a Preschool Director, every time a teacher departs you then need to use time and resources to hire a replacement. Once the replacement arrives, you must invest time in training them to bring them up to speed. If turnover is a frequent problem, you’re likely spending countless hours each week simply ensuring you have the employees you need to operate your center.

Most importantly, a high rate of preschool teacher turnover affects the children who attend your care center. Children can become attached to caregivers, and a sudden departure of a staff member and the frequent appearance of new faces can take their toll. When a staff member leaves their position, this can trigger behavior changes in children, causing sadness and a feeling of loss.


How Can you Reduce Turnover & Its Effects on Your Preschool?
  • Work hard to make sure your teachers feel and see success in their careers. Are they being reasonably paid? Do they receive adequate breaks? What is the teacher to child ratio? If you have any doubts about these areas, take steps to fix the issues you see or consult with larger centers who may have put some of these systems in place already.
  • Provide a great working environment. Try to avoid a dictatorial style of management, allowing employees as much freedom as you can when it comes to scheduling activities. Offer feedback and support when needed, and make sure that your staff understands you are available if a problem arises. Working in child care can be stressful, so take time to thank your teachers personally and ensure that they feel they are a valuable member of the team.
  • Offer new opportunities for your staff. If possible, make available to your teachers additional training opportunities, courses and conferences so they can advance their careers and develop skills to help them become a better educator. This benefits both you and your staff.
  • If a teacher does depart, encourage children to acknowledge that it is sad when someone leaves, but focus on the positives, such as getting to know a new teacher. As the director, let children and parents know you are here to support them as they transition to a new caregiver.
  • Give your preschool teachers the tools they need to be more efficient and effective at their job. A child care app like HiMama reduces the amount of paperwork, documentation and other mundane tasks to free up educators to spend more time with children.

Part of reducing preschool teacher turnover is equipping them with the tools they need to perform their job well and make their lives easier. To learn more about HiMama’s tools for streamlining your child care operations, get in touch with us today. We’d love to show you how our tools can help retain your staff and help you complete day to day tasks more efficiently!



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