This topic annoys me to no end, although i can understand both sides of the story.
As a single mum every cent that I spend is measured, so, as with all parents (I refer particularly those with children in childcare/daycare as this is what i am dealing with presently, although this ‘problem’ occurs in all walks of life…..pre, primary & high school….as well as adults in the workforce) having my child take a day off from daycare really has me grinding my teeth and questioning whether it’s necessary….
Yes, the day needs to be paid for, as your spot has been held for you, but is money really worth the fact that your child is:
* Not feeling well and therefore placing extra strain on the teachers as they need to keep a more watchful eye on your child
* Having your child feel like ‘crap’ emotionally as well as physically because their needs haven’t been listened to & they’re made to attend school (in whatever form) instead of being with the person/people who will make them feel far better than any medicine can…..a hug from mum is the best medicine there is
* Exposing other children with whatever ails your child, as well as the teachers, which in turn exposes parents who in a vicious cycle take it to work with them and spread the germs…..& if the teachers come down with a bug, thats removing their presence in caring for your child …..and what it ALL teachers were to get sick at once……that would mean the centre closing whilst they recover affecting families at so many levels.
Now as i previously said, i understand why parents feel the need to send their children to daycare/childcare/school no matter what and a lot are working to cover the cost of daycare, but surely the points I made above should get people really thinking about what they’re doing when they choose to send their child to school when they are unwell.
Posted by dilemmalina, 23rd April 2013