Thursday, 13 November 2008

Tis' the season..

For sick, icky kids. Snotty noses, watering eyes and high temps and rife at the moment. No not in my house, in my place of work.
We sent numerous children ( six babies) home yesterday with 40 degree temperatures. Their parents felt they were ok to be at nursery in the morning, or they had dosed them up on paracetamol for breakfast and it had worn off by lunch time. It makes me so cross. These are babies who need to be cuddled, they need to feel loved, and mostly they need to be with Mummy or Daddy. When they get like this it takes a member of staff out of the ratios to look after one child. And then when we ring Mum or Dad and tell them their child is ill, they come running like they care (remember they sent the child in, in the first place) or they turn up grudgingly to collect their sick child. OK, i know they are paying to have their child with us but come on people this is a baby, your baby, it's not a commodity or status symbol, or even "the next progression" (great job, marriage, kids, there life plan complete)it is a small human life that YOU are responsible for. Am i completely wrong? Does having a great career mean you can just dump your baby and run? I appreciate some parents NEED to work, some WANT to work and some HAVE to work. But when your child is ill, work can wait. So you miss a meeting, or your boss gets grumpy well that's just tough luck on them. Start putting your kids first.I wonder how many of the ones we sent home yesterday will be there today?


Jen said...

I know what you mean! It was crazy how the same parents would send their kids to school sick when I use to teach. I new see the same thing in our church nursery. It is almost a standing joke in our house that Zach will get to go to church one week and be out the next one or two with whatever he picked up while there. :) I can understand that sometimes kids become sick once they are at out, but usually it is the same people that bring their kids with more than just the sniffles.

avtcoach said...

I guess some just begin to lose perspective. Maybe they think they are the only ones doing it. You would think they would get upset that other kids are coming in bringing their illness on the well ones..therefore more days missed.
I also wanted to tell you I love the new look of this blog!!!

Ron said...

been there .. first wife (only ever other wife) worked in daycare while we were married. Parents will send kids that are way ill just to save a sick day or vacation day, and then be mad at you for calling.

Priorities. I was the primary bread winner so I rarely was required to miss work for sicknesses, but I was out of there in a second for serious illness or doctor visits resulting from sickness.

avtcoach said...

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Kacey R. said...

Hi There! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I agree with you and you are not wrong at all. You're right, some people want or need to work. When you have children you have to do what is right for your family, that includes caring for your sick child and taking time off if need be. You would think that would be common sense.

I hope you have a great day!


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