If you are a supervisor of child care workers, a preschool administrator or daycare owner, it is likely that you will have to evaluate your staff at some point. When used properly, your evaluation process can help to promote open communication between you and your child care employees. If you are able to give valuable feedback to your staff and allow them to give their own feedback to you, your preschool and your children will reap the benefits.
Ensure you are scheduling employee reviews on a regular basis for each staff member who works at your preschool. You may wish to meet on a monthly or quarterly basis. Though this may seem like a lot of work, remember that these reviews do not have to be overly complex. While you might want to perform one or two formal reviews per year, your other meetings can be more informal conversations for you to provide honest, constructive feedback.
When giving feedback to your child care employees, aim to present only objective feedback based on facts, data and your observations. Avoid acting emotionally or using phrases such as, “you never” or “you always”. Your own opinions should not guide the feedback you are giving. Simply be honest as to whether or not they are meeting the standards you’ve set for your staff, explaining why or why not in a professional manner.
Should one of your child care employees not meet the standards you have outlined, or if they have demonstrated unacceptable behavior, it is essential that you address it. Schedule a time to meet with your employee, and tell them the truth. Though giving clear and completely honest feedback may be uncomfortable, ignoring the situation will not help you come to a resolution.
While you are reflecting on the performance of your child care employees, consider how you as an owner, administrator or supervisor are performing as well. If your employees are not meeting your expectations, you should consider how your own actions have impacted their work. Have you hired the right person for the job in the first place? Have you provided adequate training? Are you holding your staff accountable for their actions?
Giving better feedback to your child care employees does not have to be difficult! Remember to simply be honest and open with them, keeping the lines of communication open so everyone feels comfortable voicing their concerns.