When Teachers Don't Pay Attention

When Teachers Don't Pay Attention

What Would You Put Up With?

I am a mom of 2, a 3 year old girl and an 11 month old boy.  My 3 year old goes to pre-school part-time.  This week is the first time I have had an issue with the teachers or anything that goes on with her school.  Since I have been a stay-at-home mom, it is very difficult for me to trust anyone else with my kid, as I have become extra attached and set in my own ways; however, I knew that this year it was time to let go and make friends her age and learn more than what I can offer at home.

This week, I experienced something that upset me and turned me off.  I went to pick up my daughter, and the kids were out on the playground playing.  There were approximately 10 kids and 2 teachers outside.  This should have been sufficient supervision.  The teacher told me, "She is playing at the table", which is in clear view from where the teacher was standing.  I walked over to find my daughter and three other children playing with filthy rain water, ice and dirt on the table.  The kids were eating chunks of ice and giggling about it and one older little boy was hitting a much smaller girl in the head with the ice.  I was beyond angry, but I simply smiled and told the teacher what the kids were up to as I left.  I then saw her remove the table.  I am wondering how she did not know what the kids were up to.  She was not standing far from them at all, and she should know what the kids are up to at all times.  She was not talking to anyone or doing anything besides staring into space when I arrived.  Does she not realize that without proper, attentive supervision, these kids could get sick, hurt or worse? 

When I got home I thought about how I should handle it.  I talk to the director on a regular basis, as she keeps good relationships with the kids and the parents.  I decided to send her an email about the situation.  I was pleased that she handled it well and the supervision seemed to improve between visits.  I have to say, I wanted to pull her out of school, but it would break her heart.  She loves school, so I am hoping that the situation is truly handled and nothing like this will happen again.  After all, I am paying for a service and for nothing but the best care for my child, and believe me, it is not cheap. 

Do you have any similar stories?  How would you have handled the situation?