Pre-K Bully

Asked April 25, 2014, 1:27 AM EDT

What would you do, as a business owner, with a child that is physically hurting almost all of the other students at daycare. Keep dealing with the daily dilemma, ask the parents to seek intervention, or let the child go before another parent files suit against you.

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1 Response

Pre-K Bully-

It is very difficult to digest the title as I was a Pre-K educator who grew to love and teach many different personalities, temperaments and diverse preschoolers. I spent 4 years understanding the communities, families and different dynamics each child comes with. I am very happy to see both responsible and caring people own business that care for our children. With that being said I know that this is a very serious inquiry.

As a business owner you need to make sure that you are doing all in your power to document, give notification and cover your bases for both legal and ethical high ground. It is important that you understand the severity of what you are asking. You as a business owner have rights but parents who entrust you with the welfare of their children also have rights. A child that physically hurts others in an environment where all children should be safe, feel safe is a problem. Take every precaution to create steps that will allow for collaboration with those working directly with the child, with the parents of the child and keep close tabs on it. There needs to be diligent documentation and communication with all parties involved. If a child is hurt, document and send notice to all parties involved. Develop a plan of action so that if more than one incident occurs that the parents of the child that is making it unsafe for others understands that there will be implications. You might want to consider after a certain number and/or severity of issues they may be better suited elsewhere. You do not want to allow this to develop over the course of time.

Our apologies for a delay in response as we understand the importance of your issue. Please consider seeking legal advice as well as cross checking the guidelines with the child care licensing regulations.