Does something seem a little wierd here?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Does something seem a little wierd here?
Sat, 05-24-2003 - 9:12am
For the last two summers my DD1 (20) worked at daycare centers. Her training was 1/2 to 2 days. This year she will be working at a coffee shop, they have set her up for 40 hours of training.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sat, 05-24-2003 - 10:43am
Sounds like overtraining on the part of the coffee shop to me.
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Registered: 12-12-2002
Sat, 05-24-2003 - 11:45am
I think there is something VERY wrong with the training that most all daycares give (at least here in Oklahoma, which is what I have experience with). There is NONE! You are hired? You go right to work! I have found only one daycare here in the OKC area that has 100% of their employees trained. All of the employees there have been in daycare or teaching for over 12 years. Only ONE center! Even the ones on the "star" program have really unqualified teachers, IMO. It is really quite sad.

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Registered: 04-22-2003
Sat, 05-24-2003 - 9:58pm
When I was just out of college, I worked at a daycare center. No experience, no kids, no credentials of any kind.

I applied for the job, and the director interviewed me for about 5 minutes. He asked me to start the next day.

His theory was that if you survived your first day, you were hired. You didn't get paid for day one. I had two-year-olds. The other teachers would make sure you did most of the dirtiest diapers that day and you had lunch duty (heating up all the food the kids brought in from home and setting up their place at the table with their juice, etc - we had 25 kids in our class, so it was not the most fun duty of the day). If you still wanted to come back the next day (for $5/hour), you were in.

I saw many people try to start, but by the third or fourth diaper, they usually lost their heart. After all, you have to be pretty dedicated to change someone else's kids poopy diaper for $5.00 an hour.

Once you were around for a bit (two weeks or so - believe me not many made it this far), you had to go to training classes at night. Child/Infant CPR, First Aid. We also had monthly staff nights where we talked about curriculum, education, and basic concerns about the particular children in our care.

After a while, I got really good at diapers. I could heat up those lunches pretty fast. The head teacher went on vacation, and I got to do the curriculum and teach the lessons for the week. (I had such a great time looking through books like "Nature for the very young" and finding different activities to meet the requirements). I loved my kids. I still think about them - most of them would be about 12, the same age as my DSS - I wonder where they are, if they remember me.

When I put my ODD in daycare, it was very important to me to make sure that the teachers in her school had been there for a while. (they had, the one I chose had three infant room teachers all of them had been there for at least five years). Because I knew that the ones that can stay there that long, doing that type of job, for that little pay, those were the teachers that were there because they loved it, and would love my child and care for her the same way I would.

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Registered: 11-20-2001
Mon, 05-26-2003 - 12:33pm
Yep ... used to be that way for nursing aides too, a day with a seasoned aide and the newbie was set on patients all alone by the next day. Duh ... now one has to have 3 months of classes, then a week of clinicals, and pass the written and physical test before actually doing patient care. As for child care workers ... times are a changing. The same thing will apply for them as well in a few years. No more assistant teachers ... they will have to have no less than a certificate in ECE.



Linda - wife, mother, grandmum                     &nb

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 05-27-2003 - 9:47am
all that means is that the regular staff will get to skim if not take her tips for her first 40h she works--a common practice, though here taken to an uncommon extreme (unless she's working 40h/w--a full week of shifts wouldn't be too far out)--since new staff usually keep below-minimum-wage trainer-colleagues duty longer than usual. that pillaging aside, her "training" will probably be as much or more "on the job" at the coffee house as it was at the dcs.
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Registered: 05-26-2003
Tue, 05-27-2003 - 3:16pm
I have an associate degree in child development (higher than a CDA) and 6 years of experience in childcare. I have not been able to find work in child care for more than 7 dollars an hour. Benefits are only if you are lucky. At one of my daycare jobs, I was fired because I refused to force children down on their mats to "make" them go to sleep. At aall three of my daycare jobs, I was always told by my coworkers that I was not "mean enough" to the kids.

One of the things that really irritates me is that most of the parents who put their children in daycare could never work for that little money, nor could they ever handle that many children. They complain when their child gets a mosquito bite at daycare, but when mothers drown their children in pools and wash machines, everyone must be empathetic and "understand."

I have had some pretty bad experiences in daycares. I never ever agreed with the way they treated the kids, which is one of the resons I am so adimant about getting to stay at home with my kids.