E-mail to this site from Tiffany M., "daycare
worker comment", 25-Mar-06
I work at a "3 star
daycare" right now-the directors DO NOT CARE...
I feel so bad for the kids there...
...you can't have an emotional loving connection with each child--especially
since child ratios are NEVER completely followed...
Yeah, the state comes by to check in AFTER they call the director and let
her know they are on the way.
E-mail to this site from Amber T.,
"horrible daycare experience",
Thank you for telling it like it is! My
mother ran a home-based daycare center, and my god was it horrid.
She had a license, but it was worth less than the paper it was printed on.
...she ran the place by herself. How could you really care for that many
kids at once? All the kids did was watch TV, eat junk food, and fight.
One (parent) was so fixated on verifying that my mom was a college graduate,
like that would make the daycare a safe and stimulating place to be! If she
only knew. Just because my mom went to college doesn't mean squat.
E-mail to this site from Jennifer S., "The
stuff they don't tell prospective parents!", 27-May-06
I just wanted to say I'm very impressed
by the content of your website. I worked in daycare for 8 long years and
personally experienced almost everything I read.
...when I left the building every night I couldn't help but feel defeated.
So many children came through my classroom doors promptly when the center
opened at 7 am and stayed until closing at 6:30 pm. It was heartbreaking...
We were often instructed to lie to parents about injuries, especially when a
staff member's negligence or hazardous conditions were to blame.
Sick/contagious children were allowed to remain in the population with well
children and if we wanted to actually interact with the children for their 2
minutes of allotted quality time per day than proper sanitation could no
It is truly devastating to see the effect that daycare has on children.
E-mail to this site from Jess., "I
work, therefore I see!", 31-May-06
I have worked in childcare for 7
years...I have recently joined a daycare facility in a large city.
I have seen and reported incidents that are going on in the facility... So
the only thing that my reports have done besides getting thrown out the
window is push my co-workers far away from me and into calling me names.
...one of the victims today was my 4-year-old son...who was left bruised...
E-mail to this site from Jill K., "My
I know most of the children at my
daycare seem happy, but I also see a loss because they are not with their
parents very much. I do agree that being in a place for 11 to 12 hours, 5
days a week without your mom or dad has to be so hard emotionally.
I do like your website...thank you and keep up the good work.
Category = Caregiver
My Daycare Experience, from Erin's
Unfolding Moments blog, 27-Jun-06
The children were essentially caged in
rooms with screaming and bellowing workers. When the parents arrived,
however, the workers became as sweet as honey. My mom could not believe the
level of play-acting. These women would have had a career in theatre if they
ever decided to leave childcare.
(I worked in a daycare as a Summer job as a college student at a) mid-scale
center...middle to upper-middle class.
Each room had a camera, so the parent could watch their child on video from
his or her desk. However, the camera was often the source of frustration for
the worker trying to restrain a child from hitting or biting another child.
If we so much as laid a hand on a child, even to protect his classmates, we
could be sure that the director would come sailing into the room demanding
that we be more careful (as) "the parent could be watching!"
Also because of the cameras, the director wanted to maker sure that
the room appeared tidy at all times. Therefore, each room was severely
deficient in toys and activities, and we spent an inordinate amount of time
scooping up each plaything as soon as a child dropped it. I cannot tell you
how incredibly BORED those poor children were. It's no wonder that the more
assertive ones in the bunch resorted to territorial aggression, biting and
kicking and pushing the other kids, to keep them away from their favored
toys. There just weren't enough interesting things to go around.
In our room, we had the meanest little 19-mo old boy imaginable mixed with
some sweet tempered, sensitive children. He was always trying to bully them.
To our dismay, a could of our "sweet boys" began to imitate Mean Boy and
push the other children around. so much for positive socialization!
Towards late afternoon, many of our children became grouchy and whiny. they
were tired of being bored and they were tired of being "socialized". (How do
we adults feel if we NEVER get a moment of downtime to ourselves?) About
this time, some of the children would always try to go pull their pillow and
blankets our of their cubbies and curl up by themselves in a corner.
but we were not allowed to let them do this. We had to try to keep them
actively involved with the group. How would it look to the parents (on
video) if we didn't?
Each daycare shared one glaring problem; In spite of our best efforts (or
lack thereof in the case of some), we were not mom (or dad, for that
matter!) We cared about them all, but we did not have a burning passion for
each one's individual welfare. How could we? We were so busy with
regulations and parents and crowd control and the necessities of basic care.
It is not my intention to bash parents who have their children in daycare.
But I do want to provide a clear picture of what daycare is. Even the most
well-intentioned institution cannot replace you in your child's life.
Category = Caregiver
(There are many other quotes
by daycare workers and teachers found throughout this website.
To find these quotes, go to the Search Page and
enter the word, "Caregiver".
March 08, 2009