Early childhood work is difficult! If you're not sure why, you'll be positive after this. Thanks to MimzytheBun for sharing their story.
These are my stories from my times working at four various daycares in my city. Most of the children were between a year and ten years old.
This came up a lot, we had a set menu and served the children lunch and two snacks. The menu is sent home to the parents ahead of time so that if there are any particular meals that the child simply wont eat, they can send an alternative that day (many parents who wanted their children to be vegetarian would do this on meat meal days). I simply cannot constantly change what we serve to your child's taste when I have 30 that I am juggling at the same time.
This one is pretty common in a variety of forms, parents just believing the entire world revolves around their child and getting extremely angry when we cannot accommodate.
We had a big issue in one daycare I worked at because there was a huge economic disparity between a lot of the children. The kids were allowed to bring one 'home toy' to play with for an hour after lunch, and it was a daily trauma for some of the kids sitting, watching, crying, begging to play the other kid's toys that were so much better than those they were used to. Of course the wealthy children HATED sharing or being told to put them away, and they'd complain endlessly to their parents who in turn would bite our heads off.
Seriously just eww. Great, support the environment, but for goodness sake use a service that professionally cleans them or you are just asking for infection, not to mention the grossest washing machine of all time.
This one I just couldn't believe- I mean its hardly like they went for the obvious rhyme of 'fuck' and if your child knows that word well enough for a plinky song to bring it to mind, you have to deal with that yourself.
Winter at a daycare is hell, its twenty minutes of tears and lost mittens each time we go out and come back in. That being said, it is legally required that we have time outside everyday with the children (weather permitting, but I live in Canada and we can't stay inside for two months) and therefore both our suffering must continue.
Continued on the next page!
Parents are cray. It is our policy to never talk to a parent about a child that isn't their own, for super obvious reasons. And for crazy reasons that sometimes arise like this.
This one is really serious - our policy at the daycare is that when an accident happens, we fill out a brief accident report that details who got hurt, how, and what we did to treat it. But children are insane balls of energy that spend every hour moving, and especially when they are young they tend to topple over and get back up without anyone even seeing. Little bumps and scrapes happen, and when they do we take care of them, but that does little in the face of tiger momma on the prowl.
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