Received Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - Perspective & Opinion
I posted something about my birthday being forgotten at work -I did have my celebration a few days later. Thanks everyone! I had a great birthday at the pool.
And now I have a question about something that happened today. Eye roll girl was out there and of course, getting on my nerves. I questioned and still question if this idea, given to me by another teacher, was appropriate. The reason why I don't think it was appropriate is because the child is 10-12 months of age and mobile, but not walking. If the weather is nice when the center opens, all children are on the playground, with the exception of infants. There are usually two teachers outside when I arrive at 7:45am, one of them being Eye Roll Girl. Anyway, this morning, I got outside and observed an infant in a sandbox with sand in her mouth, unsupervised. This sandbox requires stepping up to get out of it, and stepping down to get in it. Upon seeing this child with sand on her face, I took her inside, wiped her off, and brought her back outside. Her teacher, who was talking to ERG, tells me to put her in the sandbox. I thought this was inappropriate to leave a child so young in a sandbox alone, so I went and sat by her, keeping her safe.
ERG and her friend were talking, blah blah, blah. I noticed that the teachers were talking with each other, while the children were coming to me if they needed something. I personally didn't care what they were talking about, because I am there to work. I can't and won't say anything to my director, since I don't want to sound like a whining, conniving wench, but I have to ask, when is it ok to leave a child under two in a sandbox?
FYI: I found a few woodchips in the sandbox, which could easily be eaten by an infant. The teacher's back was facing me, and here I was, watching the playground while they were talking. Any advice? I don't like being outside when ERG is outside.