While I was going to school, to get my degree---I was a teachers aide and illegally, they gave me my own pre-K classes.
I didn't put up much of a fight, I knew I was the best person for the job and didn't really understand the laws or guidelines, until afterward.
First of all, I am sure this is not the only facility to do this---and with the money we pay these days, for childcare, people need to be informed!
One of the things that always bothered me, was the fact that they allowed only VERY small portions for lunch. Not all children have the same appetite and many of them were starving, by 2 PM. The owner of this daycare, said that she felt this society is filled with obese children and they were only allowed X amount, what she felt was acceptable.
Then, anything special that we wanted to do for the kids, came out of our pocket, for supplies. I loved to make special things with the kids, projects that required more than just glue and paper(which was watched and controlled).
I witnessed MANY crabby girls and women, who took it out on the children. I wouldn't go as far as to say "abuse" but certainly not how I would want my child touched by a teacher. Sadly,I had a child, who was being sexually abused and the owner DEMANDED that I not contact the authorities.
I didn't listen to her demands and ended up as a witness but her own mother, dismissed it. Ultimately, I ended up losing my job of 5 years--2 years of teaching Kindergarten.
One thing that I would like to express, to those of you who have children in Daycare---do you really want a stranger, to you and your family, raising your children?? Do they teach the children the morals, that you would??
I have a very good understanding of the economy today and the cost of things--is it worth jeopardizing the future of your child? I know, not everyone can stay home with your children BUT with the cost of childcare these days, unless you make a 6 figure income, it really is a wash.
If your child is in a setting, that you are comfortable with, that is GREAT! I just hope that you will have a better understanding, what goes on behind the scenes, of a daycare. There is always going to be a owner, who is more worried about cutting corners, to increase his/her profit. Somehow, someway, this is going to benefit him/her--not your child!!!
Don't feel out of line, asking questions....make sure your child is getting the best care, possible. Listen to what your neighbors and girlfriends have to say. Don't be afraid to ask for the teacher's experience and references. Get what you are paying for---the best care possible, for your child!
I have been very fortunate, to able to stay home with my kids. I know not everyone is able to do this!! And no, not every facility has issues but the place that I was employed, has a very good reputation---I never would have believed it, if I hadn't lived it.
In the end, it is a business....a business to MAKE money!
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