Bad experience with a daycare

United States
July 8, 2007 10:24pm CST
My daughter currently attends this daycare. My daughter is 18months old. I recently had a problem because one morning when I dropped her off there were 16 young toddlers in her room and one daycare aid. I said something to the daycare aid about the ratio and she just brushed me off, so I decided to call the state agency and report them for the staff ratio not being met and I have noticed before in the past that is was not met but this particular day they were well over the ratio. Some how my daughter's daycare got wind of me reporting them to the state agency even though I told them I did not want my name to be released. So since then they have been retaliating against me, by trying to write up incident reports on my daughter's behavior. Granite I have never had a problem with my daughter's behavior once before. I asked the director of the daycare what is the problem because I wanted to inquire more about my daughter's so called bad behavior and she was very rude and said my 18 month old daughter was punching children, beating them up and terrorizing the daycare and if it keeps up she will have to be removed. So I had exchanged some words with the director because I knew this was out of retaliation and have not brought my daughter back to this daycare ever since and I am in the process of finding a new one. But I spoke with the owner who got rather snappy with me about my complaint to the state agency for the daycare. But I explained to the owner when you take on a huge responsiblty of watching other children and owning a business your business is always subject to inspections by either L & I, the health department or any other agency that governs your business. I wanted to know if anyone else had bad experiences from a child's daycare? It is just so hard sometimes to find a place you trust to watch your children while you are at working trying to make an honest living for your children.
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@rapolu_cs (1184)
• India
9 Jul 07
Dont worry,be brave whatever you are doing is not wrong and i understand your feeling and i suggest you just one thing in this matter that why dont you seek the help of others parents that drop their kid in the same daycare and talk together and come tp one point on this issue.
• United States
9 Jul 07
Thank you, I would seek the help of parents but at this point I dont see any worthiness to it because I have not brought my daughter back to the daycare since I had words with the director and I won't. I am finding a more suitable daycare for her at the present moment.
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• United States
9 Jul 07
I'm always worried that when I report a restaurant or some other store for an obvious violation that they will somehow find out that it was me. In most cases, I do it anyway, and it saves others from possible injury. Look you did what you felt was right. And, that's what is important. You could look back and second guess yourself all day and it won't change anything. If they are breaking the law and putting children's welfare at risk, then you needed to speak up. And, you did! Thank heavens, someone had the guts to say something. How much worse would you have felt if you had not said anything and one of the other children had wondered out in the street and gotten into an accident because of a careless day care worker. With that being said, for your child's safety you might want to move her to another day care. I'd be afraid that someone might be punishing her behind your back while you are gone as retaliation against you. It is possible. And, it does happen. People just choose to ignore that kind of abuse as if ignoring it will make it go away. Just a thought!
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• United States
9 Jul 07
Thanks, she has not been back to her daycare since the incident, I am in the process of finding another daycare for her.
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@dopey22girl (3326)
• United States
10 Jul 07
You did the right thing. I work with children and hte ratio for toddlers to staff is usually 4:1. Why wasn't anything done to this daycare, is what I'm wondering? Didn't they get in trouble, so they have to have more staff to children? I wouldn't take your daughter there anymore, because they may even discriminate against your daughter and be mean to her. The way it sounds, that daycare needs to be shut down!
• United States
10 Jul 07
The state did come out and the state representative was supposed to follow up with me but never did, so there goes to show the accountability of the state. But I did find another daycare, I kept my daughter out of that daycare since all the events occured. I agree the daycare should be shut down.