Child Care Guide
Bullying is something unfortunately that happens in any system where groups of children are together for any period of time and day care centers are no exception, but fortunately all establishments will have a policy on bullying and how they deal with it.
Information on the particular day care center’s policy regarding bullying is always available and any staff member will be more than happy to provide you with details on how to get this information.
Signs that your child might be getting bullied
- Your child develops a reluctance to go to day care.
- Your child makes excuses such as feeling ill on a regular basis.
- Your child has problems going to sleep.
- You see cuts, bruises or scratches that can’t be explained happening on a regular basis.
Bullying can have a drastic affect on your child they can quickly turn from a happy go lucky child who enjoys life to depression and often withdraw into themselves which then affects development. If you think that your child is being bullied while attending day care then it is essential that you talk with members of staff at the center.
Centers usually assign one member of staff to work with a group of about five children so this is the place to start, sit down and talk with your child’s care provider and tell them of your fears and any evidence you have to substantiate those fears. All child care centers will have a policy in place regarding discipline procedures and bullying isn’t taken lightly.
What the center should do
- Take you seriously when you approach them regarding bullying.
- Pay special attention to your child when in their care to ensure bullying doesn’t continue.
- Talk with the parents of the child who is doing the bullying.
- Discuss ways of dealing with the bullying in the future.
What you can do if the day care center doesn’t take you seriously
- If you are not happy with what’s been done at the day care center regarding your child’s problem then ask to speak to the head of the day care center and voice your displeasure.
- If the day care center is run by a council then write to the council voicing your displeasure.
- Work with the day care center closely maybe even stay for one or two times with your child and observe firsthand.
What you can do to help your child
- Encourage your child to keep away from the child or children who are bullying.
- Make sure they understand they are not facing the problem alone and that help is available to them.
- Make sure they know to stay near a carer and always ask for help if they need it.
- Role play a bullying incident and make suggestions of better ways to handle it should bullying occur.
Most respected and well established child care centers run by professional staff will do everything that is in their power to quickly deal with a bullying situation, most will teach the children to respect other children and encourage them to help each other.
The majority of cases regarding bullying will be confronted with and dealt with efficiently but if you are not satisfied with results taken by the center and the bullying continues within the care center then outside help may be needed.
There are several options available if you are not satisfied with the results including calling the organisation directly which is in charge of the day care center and getting help from organisations that can give you more information on your rights such as kidscape and childline.