Working in daycare is the ultimate team building technique. It demands a hundred percent from every employee, situations vary from good to bad but they require a full response, and at the end of the day, the caregivers understand each other.
However, that’s not a reason to stop improving, especially if your staff turnover is high. A good collective can always benefit from more trust and cooperation, so take a look at our list of daycare team building techniques that can make your team even better.
Daily daycare team building activities
We all picture an adventure park retreat when we talk about team building, but daycare is specific.
And while you can organize a retreat (the staff would love it), it’s also good to implement daycare team building activities into your daily routine.
For example, having a board for caregivers is a great idea. They can share more about themselves and post daily updated. It helps them learn more about one another on a personal level, and builds relationships even if there’s no time for chitchat in the break room.
You can also use this board for ideas for activities with kids. Sharing is caring, and every caregiver can get stuck. Help your staff help each other.
Another good idea is to implement ice breakers into staff meetings. If they work for teaching, they work for meetings. You can come up with ice breakers that need the staff to work together, such as blindfold navigation or games requiring one employee’s leg to be tied to another’s.
If nothing else, they’ll start off the meeting with plenty of laughs, and that’s never a bad idea with daycare team building.
Weekly and monthly daycare team building activities
Think Secret Santa and make every month December.
Come up with a list of partners every month, and brainstorm ideas. They don’t have to give gifts; helping each other and keeping an eye out for what their partner may need throughout the day is even more effective.
You can rotate partners every week or month, and get them to know one another and raise the level of empathy.
As far as daycare team building techniques go, this one is the best, as it offers actual and effective help.
You can go all out with Teacher Appreciation Week in May, but keep in mind that it’s just one week. There is time for appreciation during the whole year.
Longer daycare team building practices
If you can, you should absolutely integrate valuing employees on the daily into your policy.
If you can’t manage doing it every day (we get it, running a daycare is hard with a capital h), take the chance to celebrate successes with them and really make them feel like a team working together to make the daycare’s mission come true.
Invest into your staff’s education, too. Help them become the best version of themselves, which is not only going to help your business but the employee, as well. A content person helps others feel better, and their example can motivate others to work on their own education and skills.
Bonuses, parties and gifts are great, too. These need more financial backup, so you can check out how Hopping In can help you fill your daycare’s vacant spots, utilize absences and earn extra revenue while letting parents split the profits with you.
Nothing helps in building a successful team more than satisfied employees, and by offering consistent hours and bonuses to caregivers, you’re one step closer to the world’s best daycare team.
Any team building is about solving problems and having fun together. In daycare, problems are solved on the daily, so all that’s left is to bring in more fun and appreciation. It’s the best daycare team building technique.
Author: Hopping In Blog
Sholom Strick is an expert on the business of running daycare centers and founder of Hopping In, a tool that helps childcare centers and family daycare providers fill unused spots.
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