The other week, while at our local wading pool, I was able to observe a daycare of 15-20 children. They had come to the pool but were apparently not supposed to get their clothes wet. Now, besides the absurdity of asking that out of preschoolers, their tone in "reminding" the kids of this fact was horrid. "I TOLD you not to get WET! Now you're going to have to be wet the whole day because you couldn't listen to rules! Do you see THAT girl? SHE is following the rules!!" and so on.
Needless to say I was not impressed with this center. However, here is the kicker. When it got time for everyone to leave, I saw (though I had to pinch myself) these children loading into two mini-vans and a truck. Add up the seat belts: truck: 2, van:4-5 van: 4-5. That makes a total of 12 seat belts for at least 15 children. Hmm..... What caught my eye to this fact was the child sitting cross legged on the floor of the van. Can we say lawsuit?
Yes, I called child services about it. I do not know what is going to happen but I hope something does. I wish I knew the parents of these children and I would call them myself.
It is a sad thing. I know there are many good centers out there that truely care about children. The unfortunate thing is that there are many who do not; or, if they do, they are too worn out to give them the care that they need. What can one do? I say drop in frequently and unannounced to your provider. (if they do not allow that...be warned) Also, I would send a recording device with my child and listen in to a day's activities. Check the backgrounds and references for all providers and check your local bbb. Extreme? Perhaps...but so is the safety of your child.
The name of this center is Circle of Friends Learning Center and can clearly be seen by clicking on the photo.