Daycare.com Forum Kidacare by Minute Menu Force of Nature Disinfectant

Go Back   Daycare.com Forum > Main Category > Daycare Center and Family Home Forum

Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Daycare Center and Family Home owners, Directors, Operators and Assistants should post and ask questions here.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07-28-2018, 11:38 AM
Newteach's Avatar
Newteach Newteach is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Colorado
Posts: 7
Default Runaway Toddlers

Anytime I have to transition the children to and fro (like for outside play) I have this one in my class who's hand I have to hold or else he will run off. The problem is I can't always hold his hand because sometimes I have smaller toddlers with me (16 months and 18 months) who are flight risks as well. Although they can't run, they try to wander off to pick up any toy they see along the way.

We have a rope but it doesnt help because they let go of it
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-28-2018, 01:52 PM
Josiegirl's Avatar
Josiegirl Josiegirl is online now
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Right here
Posts: 10,312
Default

I foresee having a runaway issue with an almost 2 yo this fall and have already asked dcm how she feels about a wrist to wrist(or stroller) attachment or a child backpack leash. She said anything is preferable to her dd running into the street. Perhaps you could ask the dcps how they feel about something like that?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-28-2018, 03:23 PM
Michael's Avatar
Michael Michael is online now
Admin & Owner-Daycare.com
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Moorpark CA, Ocean Ridge, FL
Posts: 7,367
Default

There are threads on Leashes, walking ropes and Harnesses: https://www.daycare.com/forum/showthread.php?t=89923

https://www.daycare.com/forum/tags.p...alking+harness

https://www.daycare.com/forum/tags.p...=walking+ropes
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-29-2018, 09:59 PM
Unregistered
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I hate to be that person, but this is something you blame parents for. At least around here. I often see toddlers (yes toddlers!) stumbling and bumbling around looking like little drunks. Their mom (I don't see it too much with dads) a few feet in front of them or behind. I literally see moms cross at crosswalks without their toddlers. I've seen all kind of women from all ages doing it. Also, IF they aren't doing that, they're either always having children in car seats or strollers. Many children now a days have poor gross motor skills and muscle tone. They sit around and don't do any thing with their parents.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-30-2018, 07:26 AM
Blackcat31's Avatar
Blackcat31 Blackcat31 is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 18,757
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Newteach View Post
Anytime I have to transition the children to and fro (like for outside play) I have this one in my class who's hand I have to hold or else he will run off. The problem is I can't always hold his hand because sometimes I have smaller toddlers with me (16 months and 18 months) who are flight risks as well. Although they can't run, they try to wander off to pick up any toy they see along the way.

We have a rope but it doesnt help because they let go of it
How many children are in a group outing and how many adults are present to assist?

If you have a child that poses a risk or threat (running off) to others or themselves during an outing I would not bring that child on the outing or I wouldn't go at all. Too risky.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-30-2018, 11:22 AM
lovemykidstoo's Avatar
lovemykidstoo lovemykidstoo is online now
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: U.S.
Posts: 4,643
Default

How old is the child? I have a 15 month old that walks fine, but is all over the place, doesn't listen, runs off etc. He finds himself in the stroller alot when he does that.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-30-2018, 12:16 PM
Newteach's Avatar
Newteach Newteach is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Colorado
Posts: 7
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Blackcat31 View Post
How many children are in a group outing and how many adults are present to assist?

If you have a child that poses a risk or threat (running off) to others or themselves during an outing I would not bring that child on the outing or I wouldn't go at all. Too risky.
7 toddlers (16months to 2 and a half years). It's just me. Unfortunately our center doesn't allow leashes or harnesses and we have to bring all the kids out. Because "they have to learn".
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-30-2018, 12:18 PM
Newteach's Avatar
Newteach Newteach is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Colorado
Posts: 7
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by lovemykidstoo View Post
How old is the child? I have a 15 month old that walks fine, but is all over the place, doesn't listen, runs off etc. He finds himself in the stroller alot when he does that.
The 16 and 18 months are how you described. The one who is the most risky because he runs fast and far is the 2 year old. And he is more risky because he has a specific destination in mind, the big kids playground.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07-30-2018, 12:36 PM
Blackcat31's Avatar
Blackcat31 Blackcat31 is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 18,757
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Newteach View Post
7 toddlers (16months to 2 and a half years). It's just me. Unfortunately our center doesn't allow leashes or harnesses and we have to bring all the kids out. Because "they have to learn".
I understand "learning" but not like that... that is dangerous.

Do you have a fenced area that provides for a safer environment in which the kids can play without access to an exit?

What state are you in?

The center MUST have an adequate safety plan in place for kids of this age. They are dead set about having to take the kids outside then they must be just as diligent with safety. It's not a choose one option.

As a center employee, I would refuse to be put in that situation. IF something were to happen, YOU would be the one held responsible.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07-30-2018, 12:53 PM
lovemykidstoo's Avatar
lovemykidstoo lovemykidstoo is online now
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: U.S.
Posts: 4,643
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Newteach View Post
The 16 and 18 months are how you described. The one who is the most risky because he runs fast and far is the 2 year old. And he is more risky because he has a specific destination in mind, the big kids playground.
So he's old enough to get it or should be at least a bit. I'd be putting him right in the stroller every time. Outside timeout.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 07-30-2018, 01:31 PM
Jiminycrickets's Avatar
Jiminycrickets Jiminycrickets is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 69
Default

Is there another class you can walk out with so there are more adults around to help you?
I don't know how cooperative your directors are (I know some are and some aren't) but can you ask if they can help you with these transitions until the little ones "learn"?
Maybe put it like, "I'm trying to teach the little ones, but you know how little Billy is and it's making it hard for me to teach them."
If they won't help because, you know, safety and common sense, maybe you could say you are worried state will show up when you have a runaway and you are by yourself?
I know it can be intimidating to ask for help because it seems like they will think you can't handle it, but some things are just plain not safe. Sometimes these thing need to be pointed out to people who aren't actually trying to deal with it on a daily basis.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
harnesses, leashes, run away, toddlers, walking harness, walking ropes

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Toddlers 18 mons - 3 yrs Creative at Heart Curriculum 3 09-19-2018 06:57 PM
Child led MrsSteinel'sHouse Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 5 02-12-2015 11:46 AM
Infants and Toddlers Program Covering Up Unregistered Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 15 09-15-2012 06:38 PM
What do you use for toddlers to nap? Baan Dek Lek Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 1 07-29-2012 02:35 PM
Books and Toddlers DancingQueen Book Club - Reviews / Suggestions 8 04-12-2011 10:02 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:33 AM.



Daycare.com         Find A Daycare         List Your Daycare         Toys & Products                 About Us

Daycare.com
Please read our Disclaimer before continuing.

Topics pertain mainly to the following States:

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming