My previous work industry was childcare, so I have pretty good experience. Sadly, there were 2 of the centres I worked at where babies were left to literally scream there brains out until they were so tired the poor darlings went to sleep. I was so distressed the first time I seen it, I insisted that I must comfort them, and they told me he will just calm himself and go to sleep They had "calming" music blaring and the room was pretty much sound proof so we couldnt hear them . AND they put the bubs to bed regardless of how active/tired they were, which doesnt work for every baby. Another centre allowed the babies to cry but not to the extent of the first.
All the other centres were not like this at all, and the babies seemed like they were treated just as they were if it was there own.
Most childcare workers genuinely love kids and do it because they love the job (they most definately dont do it for the pay!) and try their hardest to look after the bubs as well as possible.
I really think that you need to ask what there sleep policy is, and if they seem a bit vague or uncomfortable dont send them there, and you should be allowed to pop in and see how it is going, if not I wouldnt send them there!
Just read this thread and am shocked... For me, there is so much stress involved. Its hard enough if you want to use sleep training. I would think that having babies crying would stress the staff, and the other kids. That isn't good having constant tenssion like that. What happened to to assessing the needs of each child? Btw I'm a SAHM and would never do cc.
This reminds me of the simpsons when maggi is put in a day care with a military type woman who confiscates all dummies etc...
(not sure if there's still any simpsons fans out there, or if this has been mentioned yet asI havnt read all comments, sorry lol)
um, well, that's horrible.. don't go there! but in saying that, not all CC centres are like this! So for those mothers who have to work, there are much nicer centres, I promise
I would just say this is why research and snooping must be done when choosing a child care.. And of course unless you have to work (which some people do) maybe just be a SAHM until bubs is able to talk/communicate better Which is much nicer anyway, but to say "this is why its bad to put baby in cc" isnt very nice to those mums out there who need to work in order to put food on the table for their bubbies, also it isnt true, there are definitely decent places if you are willing to find them
But, seriously, dont go there..
and Oh My Gosh, I just read the other comments including the boy in the cupboard :'(
That is horrible, my youngest is under two atm, and if he was ever treated that way, I would punch every worker in the centre upon discovering it! Not even kidding...
This makes me appreciate my child care even more. My young one has seperation anxiety, but the workers there are wonderful, every time I leave they take over cuddling him to make him feel better, Ive poked my head in five minutes later to see him playing happily, he is always happy when I pick him up, no matter what time I turn up he is either being cuddled, playing with attentive carers and friends, being served his lunch or afternoon tea or playing outside with a hat on that they provide, none of the children in the toddler room are ever in a "naughty corner" they believe more in distraction for under 2's and guidence than harsh punishments...
All the kids are given hats for outside, eat together, nap together in an "unstrict" schedule, if they dont sleep they are patted while laying down or allowed to play quietly or cuddled.. I have never ever seen a child there upset and not being attended too, and the general feel to the children there is contentedness.. we are welcome to call anytime to check on how they're doing, or stay as long as we like to make them feel safe and happy..
There are photos of them smiling and playing and details of the day written on the wall every day, there are details of what they ate out of their lunch boxes, the teachers always let us know about how theyve been, if they seemed happy/sad etc and what they did to make them better, they ask us opinions, advice and follow their schedule according to what we tell them.. all the rooms have air conditioning and the nursury has two carers to every few babies (its rather small)
Always research, always snoop, always listen to your gut, listen to your childs reactions, Look at the other children around and ask yourself "do they seem happy/contented/relaxed/overly stressed/miserable/scared etc etc, turn up at as random times as you can to see how they are when you arnt expected, and if anything doesnt feel right, dont go there, and report everything and anything that is wrong!
Poor little man, seriously, I read that and wanted to cuddle him! thank god he is in a nicer place now!
Because of the design of our centre, we can see into all other rooms and into the main office/foyer area, but not the carpark. A new worker turned up and asked how we know when parents are coming so we can make sure the kids look happy and staff are doing the right thing. The director told her that if she thinks it will be a problem for her to do the right thing then maybe this is the wrong type of work for her. Her first week there she went into the nursery to cover lunches and said the director is clueless, she's nothing more than an office b¡Tch and needs to get the f*** over herself. She never came back and I saw her at the shops recentl, she's now an apprentice mechanic.
Moral of the story, the bad ones rarely last more than a few months. It's hard work, and poor pay, so you have to really want to be around babies and children to make it work.
I love my job in cc, been working with kids for 11 years... I have a diploma and a degree..... It's a fab job!! Never a dull moment and on still as passionate as the day I started!!!!!
share a book (21-02-2012)
While not all childcare centres and family/day care arrangements are like the one you've described, I have come across this and worse. It's one of the reasons why I don't/won't do childcare, particularly with the lack of quals required in staffmembers (although I understand this is due to change soon).How would you feel about that?
My DH, through his work, is privy to a lot of action taken against childcare centres that do not fulfil their duties and the fines/charges are quite serious. Somehow they never make the paper though and I often wonder about that.
Like other posters have said, I'm very big on throroughly checking out a centre/home, getting refs, speaking to people, basically doing your utmost to ensure that where you leave your child is the best environment for them. There is simply no excuse at all for doing some of the things that have been described in this thread. It's criminal.
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