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    I was reading some threads the other day about some workers 'mistreating' children, b!tching about other workers, not happy at work, putting on a happy face for parents...etc and it got me thinking about it. I am just wondering what your child care centre is like and if you enjoy your job?!
    My DS is in care 2 days while I am at home with my 4 month old (I want to keep his spot for next year when I return to work and also for him to socialise). However I now have 2nd thoughts and am considering reducing him to just one day. My son is almost 3 years old and he is HARD work (pushing, hitting 'stage') and I would hate to think that he is being treated 'differently' when I am not there. Lately he has started to say he doesn't want to go to daycare which has got me thinking.

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    I'm not a child care worker but my mum is, she loved here job, she only started it 3 ish years ago and I have never seen anyone as happy about going to work as my mum is!

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    I have worked in childcare for a long time, in many centres. If you have any concerns you need to be asking your centres director or the room leader. Ask if they have changed any routines with your child.

    I also have my 3 yr old in care. He loves it and if he said he did not want to go anymore I know there would be something that had changed dramatically at the centre.

    If your son is 'hard' work and the carers are using a behaviour management plan with him he may want to not go because he is upset he is being 'disciplined'. IYKWIM.

    There may be a new child that has started that he does not get along with. Or a new carer.

    If your child has previously enjoyed going to daycare I would inquire with the staff before you decide to take the child out of care.

    Good luck!

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    Sounds just like ANY workplace tbh....

    No really, my aunt works in childcare and loves it - all the people she works with are absolutely dedicated to the children and it's a great work environment but just like anything it's hard to say unless you ask questions and talk to the centre care staff.

    I love my sons centre and it's great for him. It's completely up to you what u do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by singa06 View Post
    I was reading some threads the other day about some workers 'mistreating' children, b!tching about other workers, not happy at work, putting on a happy face for parents...etc and it got me thinking about it. I am just wondering what your child care centre is like and if you enjoy your job?!
    My DS is in care 2 days while I am at home with my 4 month old (I want to keep his spot for next year when I return to work and also for him to socialise). However I now have 2nd thoughts and am considering reducing him to just one day. My son is almost 3 years old and he is HARD work (pushing, hitting 'stage') and I would hate to think that he is being treated 'differently' when I am not there. Lately he has started to say he doesn't want to go to daycare which has got me thinking.
    I HATED my job, on the same hand i cried when told i was being dismissed.

    Disliking the job had nothing to do with the children, even 'hard work' children have their silver lining.

    Due to privacy laws etc i am not sure exactly what I CAN say online though so i try to be careful.

    My job made me badly depressed, my inability to leave my job made me even more so,

    I was both extremely glad and extremely sad to leave

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    I love my job. I realised retrospectively my first centre I worked at was awful and if I walked in a centre like that today I'd be writing a lengthy report naming and shaming.

    On the whole I love my job. I'm honest and would never take a permanent position in a preschool room - I'm not nearly patient enough with 4-5 year olds to handle them 40 hours a week. but I'd still rather 40 hours a week with 4 year olds than any office job!

    I do love babies but I find I'm happiest in the toddler rooms (like 15-24month rooms) no such thing as terrible twos. I love 2s.

    I think though there are some people who shouldn't work with certain age groups and some who shouldnt at all. its not a job you can hate and get by. Its not a job you can just do. you have to love it.

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    I worked in various childcare centres as a teen.
    Most of the other workers were good with the kids but there were some things that made me cringe and i left those centres.

    One centre let a 18 month old cry all day long for a week the director said it was to get him used to it.I wasn;t allowed to go comfort him and she strapped him in the pram in the middle of the babies room until he stopped crying but he obviously needed comfort and distraction.

    She also used to force feed them, they had to eat liver and other gross stuff and if they didn't eat she would put the food in their mouths and hold their mouths shut.
    When kids were upset she would tell the parents they were fine.She used to lock the kids in the nappy change room if they misbehaved.

    I was only 17 and wasn't qualified then and the director would leave to drop and pick her kids up each day leaving me the sole person in charge of both babies and kids rooms about 15 kids all up . She would be gone 45 minutes twice a day.

    Another centre I witnessed kids dropping food on the ground and then the carers putting it back in there bowls.
    Putting the blankets OVER the kids heads at naptime.
    And *****ing to each other about a kid they thought was 'ugly'.

    I should have reported it at the time or told the parents but as a teen i didn't know what to do so i just left those centres.I know there are good carers out there but i refuse to put my child in a centre because you just don't know what they are like behind your backs.
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    Luckily DS goes to a large chain of centers and he has sensory processing disorder and developmental delays. He is a super big hand full. He bites, pushes, hits, kicks, ignores instructions etc.
    However, I have found that the staff have a huge amount of patience with him. I always think that if DS doesn't get treated the right way, he would kick up a huge stink whenever I drop him off there.
    Yet I hardly ever get a kiss goodbye these days because he just straightaway runs off to play with the toys and other kids and I simply do not exist for the rest of the day
    DS used to go to family daycare and the last carer would just put him in front of the TV all ay and watch the Wiggles so she could sew her bridal dresses for her other business.
    At this big center he gets to do arts and crafts and other fun creative and imaginative activities. The carers also make photos of the kids throughout the day and they will keep a communication book on special request.
    DS has one and they write down everything he does throughout the day, so that shows to me that they are devoted to taking good care of him.

    My sis is a daycare worker and doesn't like kids. She hated the job, but the pay in Europe used to be really good. She really was just in it for the money. Lucky for us she has changed her profession to palliative care nurse because she isn't a social person and doesn't like people in general. So when someone passes away, she doesn't get upset as she doesn't bond with her clients.

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    I LOVED working in child care, and 95% of the people I worked with also loved it. It can get b!tchy because you've got a small group of highly stressed women working in close proximity, and you can't get away from each other especially if you're in a room together!

    I have to say there were a few kids I found really really trying, one was a little baby (around 8 months) who cried allll day, she wouldn't settle for anyone. She had a really piercing scream, too. I was very relieved when her mum pulled her out and git a nanny I still know the family and she is now a delightful little girl. Another little boy just rubbed me up the wrong way, lying all the time to get his own way. But with both of them I (and the other staff) still showered then with affection, cuddles and attention. Little kids can't help what they're like, and even if i don't like them all I still loved them all.

    I hate what a bad wrap child care workers get, the vast majority work so hard, and are so passionate for very little money or appreciation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misschief View Post
    Luckily DS goes to a large chain of centers and he has sensory processing disorder and developmental delays. He is a super big hand full. He bites, pushes, hits, kicks, ignores instructions etc.
    However, I have found that the staff have a huge amount of patience with him. I always think that if DS doesn't get treated the right way, he would kick up a huge stink whenever I drop him off there.
    Yet I hardly ever get a kiss goodbye these days because he just straightaway runs off to play with the toys and other kids and I simply do not exist for the rest of the day
    DS used to go to family daycare and the last carer would just put him in front of the TV all ay and watch the Wiggles so she could sew her bridal dresses for her other business.
    At this big center he gets to do arts and crafts and other fun creative and imaginative activities. The carers also make photos of the kids throughout the day and they will keep a communication book on special request.
    DS has one and they write down everything he does throughout the day, so that shows to me that they are devoted to taking good care of him.

    My sis is a daycare worker and doesn't like kids. She hated the job, but the pay in Europe used to be really good. She really was just in it for the money. Lucky for us she has changed her profession to palliative care nurse because she isn't a social person and doesn't like people in general. So when someone passes away, she doesn't get upset as she doesn't bond with her clients.
    Amazing how it takes all people to make the world go round! At least your sister has found a job that suits her. I am studying my RN atm and I often wonder how some people can work positions such as palliative care.

    Sorry of topic, just interesting!

    It is also interesting your views on big centres compared to FDC. Many would say it is the other way around- children in FDC have one on one attention and a child in your position would be lost in a larger centre. It all comes down to the management and staff, doesn't it?!


 

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