The children are back at school and I am happy to say that there were no broken bones, scrapes or bruises over the long tiring 6 weeks , woopeee!
The thing is , I have come to realise it is not home I need to be worried about though, it is the school.
Over the past year we have had some very nasty falls, scrapes and bumps but not one of them has happened under my care in my home.
My youngest son started full time school this September and I have to admit his dad and I were quite worried he would be tired and not enjoy it but the truth of the matter is he absolutely loves going for the day with his siblings and so it has not been a struggle at all.
The problem I have is , I seem to have very little faith in the responsibilities of the school.
My son is tiny compared to other children and I have been in the office previously regarding the lack of attention the teachers take when (not only my son but others) the children are playing outside on the play area or yard.
Now I live two doors away and there have been times when I have been making beds and glansed out of the window to see the teachers yabbing away to each other with cup of tea in hand while someone is laid on the floor injured, children pulling at their coats being ignored and children bullying others into a corner and hitting them , yet no one sees anything or takes notice till they get sick of been shouted at by a bundle of kids telling them something was going on.
Before the holidays , I noticed something different.
There were a couple of year 6 kids wearing high viz vests and my daughter was one of them , they seemed to be handing out break time toys like skipping ropes and balls and interacting with the younger classes and when I asked my daughter what she was doing she informed she was now a playtime buddy.
Now don't get me wrong I think it is fantastic that the children have someone to go to when they need something or someone to talk to if they are in need of help or just to tell them something, it is a great responsibility but what happened to the teachers watching out for them?
The teachers were still there but to me it looks like they were in need of extra hands and the children were the ones to do it .
The thing Is , I have been in the school and complained on many occasions about the ignorance of teachers during play time.
It just falls on deaf ears, nothing gets done .
My two younger boys have come in lately with horrendous bumps and bruises and you may remember the post regarding my daughter splitting her head open with the fuzzy pipe cleaner .
I actually refused to take her to school the next day in case the teachers did not watch her in case she caught it or banged it to reopen the wound, yes my trust issues are serious now with the school and it should not feel like that.
Leon the 5 year old at one point went to school on the Monday to pick the children up and seen Leon with an egg size bump on his head due to him being pushed by another child into the door frame because they were running around in class.
Yes, my son should not be running but why has the teacher let the class go mental and run riot in such a small room especially as it is shared by the younger ones with mess and toys all over floors and tables?
It just does not sit right in my mind.
The fact that I had not heard anything up until I had picked him up made me somewhat angry and more so that I had told the children's teacher only the week beforehand that my son was to be separated away from the child who had done it .
It was not the point I was picking on this boy , but we had a few incidents previously where Leon had been injured by him pushing him about and Leon was coming home very upset .
I was called in 2 days later again after the pancake incident too, The teacher was sat on the childrens chairs with a little camping style stove on the table , frying pan in hand and making pancakes.
I have no idea why they could not have done this in the dinner hall where it was safer?
Leon being deprived of food before he came to us , went rushing to get a chocolate pancake and face planted the floor resulting in a huge egg lump on his head twice the size after the bump had occurred on the Monday of that week .
I was called in to see if he needed to be taken to be checked at hospital and the children were still running around and no one was keeping them in check.
Luckily Leon was OK, he refused to come home and he seemed perfectly fine except for the fact that he was still sat waiting on a pancake which made him refuse to leave the class till one had past his lips.
I couldn't quite believe that He went to school on Monday and by Wednesday I had two incidents which were to me very nasty looking .
I went in to the office and sat down with the Head who apologised and explained that it was ridiculous that my son was being so badly injured inside school over a short period of time due to ignorance of not been looked after properly or teachers professional supervision.
All seemed OK for a month up until the school decided to add a new play area in their playground.
They decided to add a big rubber floor with half tires popping up from it which the children could jump from one to another from and also a piece of wooden board attached to the nursery metal fence.
The climbing wall looked horrifying and to me, if a child had got to the top only 1 and half metre high , slipped over the top , then some serious damage would have been done from the fence below.
It is a ridiculous place to put it over the middle of a metal fence that was half the size of the climbing frame itself .
On the same day it was put up three of the children came in from school with grazed and bruised legs from the tyre obstacle course.
OK so only a small injury but still , should not happen .
The thing that has really got to me this week regarding the school is this -
Kaiden went to school all happy and excited and I picked him up at 3.15 to see a little face covered in scrapes and grazes.
I was horrified , I couldn't believe what I was seeing.
Telling Kaiden to come to me (due to the fact we have to stand behind a white line while the children are one by one told by the teacher to go to their parents or carers as she spots them), the teacher held him back.
First I thought he had just really enjoyed his dinner and had half of it over his face , but on stepping over the white line and approaching my son I realised it was worse and once again he had been injured at school.
The teacher approached me telling me that Kaiden had been running around at dinner time and fell over landing on his face, she explained that she had cleaned him up and there was nothing else they could do but he did not cry and it was just an accident.
I was furious, not for the fact he had fallen over but the fact that they had not even informed me at dinner time about it , even a quick phone call , nothing.
How on earth did he not cry, it looked sore and the picture does not show the gash so well on his nose as it was .
I took Kaiden home then asked Sian (the playtime buddy) to see if she knew anything about it.
Sian explained that Kaiden was playing with one of the yard toys and someone else came over and pulled it off him hard, resulting in him falling on his face .
I asked if he had cried or if anyone seen it and she informed me that she had saw him lying on the floor crying and the teacher went over to pick him up after a few minutes .
I had two different stories but knew Sian was telling me the truth, she is a very honest young lady and I knew with the injuries , Kaiden would have been crying for sure .
I think What I am getting at is that the school have been responsible for all the injuries , yet they do not do anything about it .
My children never had an injury during 6 weeks holidays and I had 7 of them in my care on my own most times , yet there are 3 teachers in one class of around 20 kids and still can not take care, watch, or be responsible for the kids in their care.
I have been to the school, told them that they need to get more playground teachers, do not use dinner ladies as their playtime look outs and watch the children instead of sitting on a bench drinking tea.
We will try to work something out!
This school has been a nightmare form day one in regards to safety to my kids , cant wait till they leave.
Who do you think is responsible for your child whilst they are at school, is it the child's fault for having the accident, teachers fault for not being observant or is it you fault somehow?
24/9/2014 05:30:54 pm
This is such a difficult situation, I can see both sides as obviously you don't want him getting hurt but working in a school it's incredibly difficult to monitor play times. It does sound like the teachers are incredibly bad at the care and the number of accidents is not acceptable at all though I think I'd definitely have an issue with it too especially if they're lying to you.
I'm beginning to worry about this a lot as my daughter will start nursery soon. I have friends who already have their toddlers in nursery and are constantly getting injured.. I believe it is not right. If it was the other way around you would have social services come checking so the schools should too.
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