Small child left in a daycare van for hours

@TriciaW (2441)
United States
February 28, 2013 6:14am CST
Our news just had on that a small child was left on a daycare van by accident. I work in a daycare and I can not see how you could leave a child on a van. They sent home a letter to the parents about what happened like that would make it all right. Seriously if you are working with children you are constantly doing a head count to make sure they are all with you. To me it is a habit to do quick counts all the time. I work with toddlers and they can move fast but that is why I am always aware of where they all are at all times. How could you be missing one for hours??? It just scares me to death that there are children not being watched by people that parents trust their children with. Why would you even be in this line of work if you were that careless?
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10 responses
• Philippines
28 Feb 13
It a negligence of someone in charged of the kids and the driver. They should have done head counts. Right, it's scary, if I am the parent of that toddler, well, I can't imagine what will I do with their negligence but will surely file a serious complaint.
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• United States
28 Feb 13
Paperdolls i agree with you they should have done a head count and the parent should file a complaint. I also wouldn't take my child to that daycare ever again.
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@salonga (27963)
• Philippines
9 Mar 13
A small child left on a daycare van by accident! How could be? I can not see ither how you could leave a child on a van unless they are most careless and carefree person in this world. If they don't know how to perform their work with utmost care, then true enough, they don't deserve to be in that line of work.
@blackrusty (3530)
• Mexico
28 Feb 13
It is so sad that the child was left in the van and was not seen if I was the driver I would have been the driver I would have checked every part of the van and more to the poing what about the teacher why did she not think about the child be missing seams like the whole system fail this poor kid
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@Raine38 (9115)
• United States
28 Feb 13
I don't get it, how can they miss a toddler in the van? A toddler is fussy and always makes noises and is always moving around. They should have heard something in the van or notice any movement. Unless of course kid fell asleep but then I don't think that is reason enough to miss a kid. It's a child, for goodness' sake, and not some tiny thing that they can just shrug off like that. I wonder if it's their own kid, how would they feel?
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@maximax8 (28490)
• United Kingdom
28 Feb 13
I can't understand how they left the toddler on the day care van by accident. Working with toddlers can be challenging as they move very fast and are not awfully sensible. I am shocked one toddler went missing for hours. If I was that parent then I would have been very upset. I would have made a complaint. My older son went on a secondary school trip to London. I got a phone call from a police man saying the school had left my son in London. When the teacher in charge found one of the students was missing the coach was close to where the school is back in our home area. I had a very upsetting evening worrying about my son. The schools head teacher was contacted and he had to drive all the way to London. My son was driven back home in the middle of the night by the head teacher. As a teacher myself that sort of thing would be my worst nightmare. I did not press charges or contact a newspaper. On a trip with children I count carefully again and again. I have taken a class pond dipping, to a recycling center and to a canal barge museum.
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
28 Feb 13
Exactly, why would you be dealing with kids if you could be that careless. This seems to happen for some reason alot. I don't understand how it could happen in the first place. I would think the one in charge or the driver should be walking through the entire van or bus to make sure every child is gone. It makes no sense to me that this keeps happening. What are people thinking not to double check the vans or buses. Especially with these types of stories constantly on the news.
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@shshiju (10545)
• Cochin, India
1 Dec 15
To take care a child is not a silly matter . Patience and care needed for that work. Parents trust day care as a safe place. They must give more attention for responsible staffs.
@Paper_Doll (2375)
• Philippines
6 Mar 13
I share the same sentiments. I believe that it was a reckless act on their part to left the toddler alone in the van for hours. I wonder how the kid felt during those hours, it can be a traumatic experience on the toddler's part. I agree with everything you said, it is their job to make sure the children are safe. If I am the mother of this toddler, I would definitely file a complaint or will remove my kid in that daycare. And being left in a van alone, closed and without airconditioner could have been a threatened to the child's life.
@verolop29 (1096)
• United States
28 Feb 13
That's just very wrong what happened to that small child. There should be no excuse about y or how that child was left unaccounted for. I sure do hope this person was terminated from her job or at least suspended for a while until she gets trained properly. Something like this happened to me a few years ago. But I told the mother what my plans were. Twin 8 year olds were home alone after school. Their mother failed to make the call for her kids daycare and so they came home( they live within walking distance from the school) to an empty house. Their mother was very angry with me for leaving their children unattended. I'm just glad nothing bad happened like u hear about all the time here. I saw a baby an infant left in the car by herself. The mother was inside flirting with some guy and I waited one sec and broke her car window and then she had the nerve to call me a baby snatcher I immediately called the police and gave my report. I wasn't charged for breaking her window but she could have killed her baby. It was well over 100 degrees in that car. I hear about babies dying in hot cars all the time and it makes me sick to even think about how many of those mothers get off too easily. The baby didn't look older than two weeks. How could she do this to her baby? I almost left my child in my car right after I became a new first time mother but I remembered diaper bag check baby...oops! And I was only two footsteps away from her. It's not like I went inside the store and stayed away for hours...
@redredrose (1107)
• United States
28 Feb 13
I agree with you people that are this careless shouldn't be in this line of work ever. I heard on the news here about a month ago how some day care worker left a child outside after they were done playing they went inside and the child was forgot about as well. This is terrible and sending a note home does not make it all right or better in anyway. If i was the parent of that child i would not take my childto that day care again.