Parenting > Parenting Preschoolers
Advice from a Day Care Provider - Contd.
Day Care Workers are all are trained in 1st aid
and CPR. Trust that they know what they are doing and expect that
a child might get a bruise, cut or scrape at some point. Some
common accidents that happen at a Day Care might be: bloody noses
from falling or dry air, scrapes or bumps from falling, or a paper
cut. Some children will also fight and while Day Care workers do
their best to prevent this, it can happen. The most common injury
from another child is a bite-mark. It is a fact that children
bite, especially toddlers because they are frustrated and often
lack the verbal skills to express it properly.
Be assured, that Day Care workers know when to
call 911 and that all incidents, no matter how minor, will be
written up. The only time a parent should show concern is if the
injuries are severe or appear in a pattern (from fingertips,
patterns from a stove or iron, etc.) or if these injuries always
occur with the same child or with the same staff each time.
DOíS AND DONíTS
Do not show up drunk or on drugs. Your child will
not be sent home with you. And, yes, this has happened before.
Do let them know of changes: Is there a death?
Divorce? Moving? Is a child sick? All these can influence a
child's physical and emotional status. If a child is active but
this week subdued and quiet but they know that his grandpa died
then they know the reason and won't worry that it could be
Do not get the Day Care involved in custody
battles. Legally a parent has the right to take their child from
the center unless there is a court order or restraining order
prohibiting him or her from doing it. Do not come in and tell them
"I'm mad at my ex so don't let him pick Joey up today". They
cannot comply with that if Mr. Ex has a legal right to pick Joey
up. If a confrontation in this manner exceeds our field or
responsibilities they will call the cops to straighten it out.
This is too traumatizing to your kids.
Do not "hang out" overly long. Spending a few
minutes there talking to teachers or watching your child is okay,
but limit it to 15 minutes. Hanging around the room too long
interrupts the schedule and keeps the staff occupies with the
parent and their attention of the child. If volunteering in the
classroom then listen to what the staff is saying and adhere to
their schedule. A volunteer is there for the children, not to
socialize with the staff.
Do adhere to the policies of the Day Care. The
policies were created to protect the Day Care and your child. Do
not presume that they can be changed that anyone is exempt from
the rules or policies. If there are issues with the policies then
that Day Care should not have been chosen.
Day Cares want to provide the best care they can
for children. Following these guidelines will ensure that. It does
not take a lot of extra effort on the parentís part but it can
mean so much to the care of the children. Remember, a day care
worker will have anywhere from 6 to 15 children depending on the
ages of the children and they cannot give one-on-one attention to
any child but must provide care for all of them.
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