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Old 09-20-2015, 09:35 AM
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Unhappy Not Enough Teachers-- How can I take action?

Hey everyone,

I'm a sixteen-year old high school senior who just left her job at a local daycare.

There was a certain day at my daycare where I was given a workload far above what I, or anyone, could handle. My director assigned me to a group of fifteen three-year olds, some of which were still in diapers, and a girl with special needs who was about eleven. I don't think it needs to be said that that's a huuuge group and a very big handful for one person. When I spoke to her about it and asked her to switch, she gave me a group of eleven 6-year olds and was generally very snide about it: "Here you go, Miss Micaela! It's a smaller group, and the age group you asked for. Now let's see if you can get them all to sit down. Impress me."

Between the times of 2:30-6:00, that particular daycare has about 46 kids between the ages of 5 mo-10 yrs and four caretakers. That seems a little understaffed.

I also learned that daycares aren't even allowed to hire under-18 year olds as childcare workers, which makes me think that this daycare is even sketchier.

While I have plenty of volunteer experience with school-aged kids, I'm relatively new to the world of childcare and the legal/business side of things. But everyone I talk to about it says I should report them. Should I? And how do I even do that?
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Old 09-20-2015, 10:40 AM
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I would file a report with your local DHR and tell them what's going on. In Alabama u have to be 19 and have a GED or a Hugh school diploma plus pass a background check. Are they even within ratio?
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Old 09-20-2015, 05:15 PM
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I agree, I would call your licensing agency and tell them what you experienced as a staff member there.
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