Leadership in the Early Childhood Field


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Memo: To All Little Flower Staff

Re: Texting and Cell Phone Use

Over the past few weeks, we have received over 20 phone calls or in-person complaints from parents regarding the use of mobile phones by staff members during teaching and caregiving hours. They find it to be unprofessional and reflective of a lack of vigilance in the care we provide. While you are at work, your full attention should be devoted to the children under your care.

We understand that you may have family members or other issues that require your attention during the daytime hours. You each receive two half-hour breaks throughout the 8-hour day. During those breaks, you may use your cell phone to text, call, or e-mail in the staff room only . During all other times, you may not use your mobile phone. Your cell phone should never be visible in the presence of the children you care for.

A refusal or inability to follow these new guidelines will result in disciplinary action.

This is a very serious issue, and we have tried the informal approach of speaking to the individuals who have raised parents’ concerns. The lack of results from those conversations has forced us to implement a strict zero-tolerance policy. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

We will discuss details and concerns at next week’s staff meeting. In the meantime, please adhere to this policy as detailed above.


To the Director of Little Flower Child Care Center,

We are writing as a group of gravely concerned parents about a recently publicized incident involving Nicholas Rye, the head teacher of the 3- to 5-year-old group at your center. It was published in last week’s local newspaper that Mr. Rye was charged and convicted of a DWI (driving while intoxicated). While we understand that this incident occurred outside of work hours and away from Little Flower premises, we strongly believe that it is cause to believe that Mr. Rye is unfit to care for our children and provides grounds for his dismissal.

Many of us currently have children in Mr. Rye’s classroom and are shocked at the lack of action by Little Flower administration on this issue. We do not believe that a man who uses such little judgment, and is willing to put his own life and the lives of others in such danger, has any place caring for our children. We acknowledge that he has in the past created a fun and structured learning environment for children—we had come to trust and rely on Mr. Rye. This makes this news all the more devastating for our families. We are deeply disappointed in his actions and have lost complete confidence in him as a teacher. We understand that all humans make mistakes, but some mistakes are unforgiveable, especially when the well-being of children is at stake. We are, therefore, calling for the resignation of Mr. Rye.

A lack of disciplinary action from Little Flower administration on this issue may force some of us to seek childcare elsewhere. We hope for a clear and decisive resolution to this issue. Please make Little Flower safe for our children again.


Concerned Little Flower parents:

Daniel and Luana Ruiz

Stephen and Mary Chase

Fiona Lawland

Diane Martin and Lee Harrison

Benjamin Wong

Carrie Inglebreed

Samson McConnell

George and Wendy Suthers

Gary Weissman

Nory and Eugene Perez

Nathaniel Louis-Charon

Bette Oliveira

Overview of Staff at Little Flower Child Care Center

Nancy Rodriguez

Position: Head teacher (0- to 2-year-olds)

Degree/Education: Master’s in child development

Humanmetrics Jung Personality Typology: ESFJ (Extrovert, Sensing, Feeling, Judging)

Notes: Nancy has been with Little Flower for over 10 years and has enormous influence on the other staff.

Leeza Knowles

Position: Assistant teacher (0- to 2-year-olds)

Degree/Education: Bachelor’s in early childhood

Humanmetrics Jung Personality Typology: ISTP (Introvert, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving)

Notes: Leeza joined Little Flower 2 years ago and is well-loved among children and families. She is a good friend of Danielle Freed, who brought her on board last year.

Gregory Chung

Position: Head teacher (2- to 3-year-olds)

Degree/Education: Bachelor’s in psychology

Humanmetrics Jung Personality Typology: ENTJ (Extrovert, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging)

Notes: Gregory has been at Little Flower for 3 years. He is a favorite of some families, but there have been a few complaints from both families and other staff because he is very set in his ways about certain approaches to childcare.

Danielle Freed

Position: Assistant teacher (2- to 3-year-olds)

Degree/Education: High school diploma, previous childcare experience

Humanmetrics Jung Personality Typology: ISFP (Introvert, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving)

Notes: Danielle joined Little Flower last year at the recommendation of Leeza Knowles. She is wonderful with the children but often resistant to taking guidance from more experienced teachers and authority figures.

Nicholas Rye

Position: Head teacher (3- to 5-year-olds)

Degree/Education: Master’s in early childhood education

Humanmetrics Jung Personality Typology: ESFJ (Extrovert, Sensing, Feeling, Judging)

Notes: Nicholas has been with Little Flower for 8 years and has helped develop innovative curricula for all age groups. He is known for his fun and challenging approach with children.

Sarah Winsor

Position: Assistant teacher (3- to 5-year-olds)

Degree/Education: Bachelor’s in child development

Humanmetrics Jung Personality Typology: INFP (Introvert, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving)

Notes: Sarah joined Little Flower last year and is still learning the ropes. She is very compassionate and caring but is still learning how to manage a large group of children. She was placed with Nicholas to learn from an experienced teacher.

Learning Resources/ References

Northouse, P. G. (2013). Leadership: Theory and practice (7th ed., pp. 195-223). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Hearron, P. F., & Hildebrand, V. P. (2011). Management of child development centers (7th ed., pp. 61–79). Boston, MA: Pearson.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). (2011). Code of ethical conduct and statement of commitment (Position Statement Update). Retrieved from http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/image/public_policy/Ethics

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