Received Thursday, June 11, 2009
Physical Description of Caregiver: African American, mid-late 20s, approx. size 16 pants, long black hair extensions pulled into a pony tail. She was wearing a pink sweatsuit that had Love Is written on the top. She had a black shirt under the sweatshirt and black socks on.
Physical Description of Child: White male, light brown hair, 3-4 years old. Was wearing white tee-shirt and blue sweats with 2003 down the left pant leg.
Venue: Kid City, Chicago near Grand and Ashland. Indoor play area.
Description of what I witnessed: When my little guy and I arrived I saw this nanny sprawled across a couch in the parent's sitting room. This building is set up with a large open room and then a smaller room separated by doors that is decorated like a living room. It works nice for nursing mothers, there are several couches, etc. At first I couldn't figure out which child this nanny was supervising because it was extremely busy; it wasn't until lunch time when I finally saw the nanny leave the couch in the separate room and come out to feed the little boy. While the little boy ate the nanny sat off to the side and continued studying from her Business Law book, she even told him to hurry up so she could go back to studying in the other room. Later after the nanny went to lie down on the couch for a phone/nap session the little boy roamed free unsupervised, the nanny couldn't even see him from where she was laying because as I've mentioned she was in a completely separate room. The boy was well behaved, but was angry and frustrated when he couldn't get into the bathroom by himself. The nanny never moved. She napped, studied, and talked on her phone. When I did see the interactions between nanny and child they seemd to have a good relationship, the boy was affectionate towards her. I debated whether or not to post this: no she wasn't abusive and the boy seemed to like her, but her complete disregard for supervision shocked me. She never got up to look out and see how he was doing, etc. I'm all for giving children freedom to roam on their own, but in public areas I think it's important to be within eye sight and available when needed.