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    Default Childcare worker comment on possible choking hazard...do you agree?

    I was checking out a casual care facility as I was planning on sending DD (13 months) for a couple of days as a once off due to work. Anyway, I was looking at the room and chatting to the woman who runs it and I spotted a table with lots of little toys (leggo bricks, small alphabet magnets etc) and mentioned that DD would put them in her mouth straight away if they were left out while she was there. I was promptly told that if the toys were removed, DD wouldn't learn not to touch them. As in, she wanted to leave them out and just tell DD "no"... to "teach" her.
    I understand her thinking to a degree, but, DD is so young and I really don't like using the word "no" with her just yet- not in regards to exploring toys etc, I just surround her with age appropriate toys and remove any choking hazards- I tell her "no" when she's opening drawers and at risk of slamming her fingers etc...
    I didn't feel comfortable with her approach and was quite surprised at her dismissal of my concerns, if that makes sense. I didn't enrol DD.

    Anyway, just curious as to what others think.

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    Why would they have age inappropriate toys in an age specific room?? That makes no sense. Especially magnets which can be very dangerous. The carers can't have their eyes on them every minute of every day, they have other kids to attend to.

    I wouldn't have enrolled her either. You need to be able to feel 100% safe leaving your child somewhere. I think it just shows a lack of common sense.

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    That doesn't make sense to me..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Enough View Post
    Why would they have age inappropriate toys in an age specific room?? That makes no sense. Especially magnets which can be very dangerous. The carers can't have their eyes on them every minute of every day, they have other kids to attend to.

    I wouldn't have enrolled her either. You need to be able to feel 100% safe leaving your child somewhere. I think it just shows a lack of common sense.
    It's a single room centre (occasional care, very small). Age groups range from 6 months- 3 years. There was another room with cots for the babies to nap in.

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    Nope I wouldn't be impressed at all. There are plenty of toys/activities for older kids that don't require tiny pieces. It seems bizarre to me that you would even have that stuff if you had all ages in together?! She's just making more work for herself.

    ETA if she's running a casual child care... How on earth is she teaching these little toddlers anything at all in the few times they come?

    She sounds like a fruit loop to me.

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    I wouldn't have enrolled my kids either. Like a pp said, why put the toys there only to say 'nope, not for you child who is too young to understand'?

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    Yeah, I've since heard more "horror stories" about this lady.
    I didn't think I was overreacting.

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    No that's Crazy. I have worked in child care, and small magnets and Lego should not be any where near that age group.

    I would not put your DD in that centre, and I'd let the centre know why.

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    Good for you for not enrolling her. Your concerns are valid and I wouldn't feel safe leaving my child there.

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    I would report that,

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