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    You're not over reacting at all. I'd be very concerned too. My son's kindy class had a smart board for teaching but that was it. Nothing in the younger rooms.

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    I don't think you're overreacting. One of the things I like about childcare is that it gets ds away from a screen and gets him doing other things. Ds' childcare don't use ipads at all.

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    While I can see your point, as an ex child care worker all i can think is that you dont know the circumstances. I have worked in the nursery and we have used the ipad in a similar way when we had an extremely upset and stressed out child. He was constantly crying but wouldn't let us hold him/cuddle him etc. He loved diggers and trucks so we showed him a youtube video of diggers with a catchy song... it allowed us to sit with him, cuddle and calm him and form a bond that was near impossible without it. Of course it wasn't something we did all the time and his mother suggested it so she was ok with it. It wasn't a tool that was used just in that situation. We also would occasionally bring out the tv and have a movie arvo usually when we'd had a week of rain and had the kids cooped up inside getting bored and rowdy. Same, it was something used very rarely and was a big treat, we'd mostly watch kids aerobics or something educational but there were times it was just a fun G rated movie. Personally I dont have an issue with these things being used on the odd occasion under certain circumstances but it shouldn't be used frequently. If you have concerns bring them up with the director but just keep in mind you don't know the whole background to the story

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    Quote Originally Posted by melimum View Post
    While I can see your point, as an ex child care worker all i can think is that you dont know the circumstances. I have worked in the nursery and we have used the ipad in a similar way when we had an extremely upset and stressed out child. He was constantly crying but wouldn't let us hold him/cuddle him etc. He loved diggers and trucks so we showed him a youtube video of diggers with a catchy song... it allowed us to sit with him, cuddle and calm him and form a bond that was near impossible without it.
    A 6 month old wouldn't know what a digger is. Unlike a toddler or preschooler I find it very hard to believe an I pad would be necessary for calming a 6 month old. Poor kid was probably tired, scare or hungry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    A 6 month old wouldn't know what a digger is. Unlike a toddler or preschooler I find it very hard to believe an I pad would be necessary for calming a 6 month old. Poor kid was probably tired, scare or hungry.
    Sorry I didn't clarify... this child wasn't 6mths.... more around the 12 mth mark... I wasn't saying this was the case in the op's situation... just my opinion of how it can be useful. Unsure if you have worked in childcare but these things do happen. In a nursery of 8 children with only 2 staff its extremely difficult with children suffering separation anxitey.... they would literally cry for mum at the door all day regardless of what you offered them, even worse when they don't want to be held or comforted. If watching a youtube video while having a cuddle gives them a tiny bit of comfort in a new scary environment then I dont see the harm... just saying.

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    @melimum you are right. My daughter was often comforted by youtube of In the Night Garden at daycare! If she was finding all the busyness of the room an overload they would take her into the office and sit her on their lap. 10 minutes of watching and she would calm right down.
    They didn't have ipads but I'm sure the same principle applies.
    If used sparingly and as a tool (and not just because of laziness ) then it's great.

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    Default iPads at Child Care: am I overreacting?

    Over reaction. My son had a DVD in the car from about 4 months as we did long haul trips and he loved in the night garden and Thomas and Peppa pig. They may have been calming the child in the only way that worked. My son is now 5 and is not tv obsessed, not iPad obsessed. He's had free run if it his whole life and will walk away when bored of it to do something else normally after 15mins. Same as tv will watch a program and go do something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilypily View Post
    . They may have been calming the child in the only way that worked.
    If, in a daycare centre, peppa pig was the only way staff could calm a 6 month old I would be very surprised. To me that would suggest the staff need more training.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    If, in a daycare centre, peppa pig was the only way staff could calm a 6 month old I would be very surprised. To me that would suggest the staff need more training.
    Or the baby has autism or issuse. I had a baby that only one particular song would calm him if he got super worked up, nothing else would calm him. If the music stopes he screamed. Sometimes I just did have the inner strength to sing it anymore so I would you tube it. We once did a 5 hour car trip with it on loop. Yes 5 hours straight of elmos song.

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    Why don't you let them know you are not happy with tv shows being shown to YOUR children (or younger child if that's the case)? My first child had no tv until she was 20mths and then minimal. I would not have been happy even then if her daycare had it on. Mostly because I figured I was paying them to look after her and I absolutely put my hand up and say I use tv as a babysitter. My youngest has been exposed to tv from 6 months and if she had been going to daycare then I would've been ok for her to be shown an episode or 2 of peppa pig if she was upset. Maybe you could tell them what you observed and just make it known this wouldn't be ok for your kids?


 

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