Toddler escapes from daycare

Katherine - posted on 05/27/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )




Another SCARY thought. A 3yo escaped from daycare and ended up at home. When his dad asked him if he looked both ways to cross the street he said no. This is horrible. Really makes me want to put my kids in daycare.

Of course this is random and doesn't happen AT ALL/rarely but really?


Jaime - posted on 05/27/2011




"I try to remind myself that stories like this make headlines because they are rare and don't happen every day -- that most childcare providers are competent and caring."

I think this is the most accurate line in the article. Situations like this DON'T happen everyday. I know someone whose son goes to a daycare that has webcams set up so that parents can look in throughout the day. I think this is a great tool to ease the minds of parents that are apprehensive about sending their kids off for an entire day in someone else' care. It's unfortunate that this happened because it begs the question 'what were the caregivers doing that they didn't notice one of their charges missing'...and there might be a need for more staff or less children at this particular centre if they're finding it difficult to keep up with the demand of so many kids (although I doubt that's the issue). It could be many things, but it's up to that daycare to make the changes and see that it never happens again...or it's up to the parents to find another daycare provider and perhaps one that does have webcam access.


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Lawry - posted on 05/29/2011




I have an independent strong willed lil 3yr old boy who could and would SNOW a daycare worker and make an escape thru no fault of the worker......I have to go potty runs inside during outdoor playtime then out the front door.Hell, he's done that to me going from the back porch to front porch and It's taken me a few seconds to notice that he wasn't pottying and out our front door. Daycare workers aren't superheroes and if he only lives a block from daycare then yeah he could make it home before a worker notices that he isn't back from the potty yet

Jaime - posted on 05/29/2011




It's a friend's daycare Barb...I unfortunately, don't have the benefits of daycare for Gray right now :( But nonetheless I do think the webcam idea is excellent.

Barb - posted on 05/29/2011




It is a scary thought, but know that it is rare.

I really like Jaime's day care that has web cams.. what a fantastic idea!!! My son went to daycare in the 90's and there wasn't much for that kind of technology.

I'd like to see them in schools as well so teachers/principals/staff can rewind and see what really happened.

Jane - posted on 05/29/2011




My son escaped from daycare twice but they caught him before he got too far. He had found a hole in the play yard fence and would scoot through it lickety split when he thought no one was watching. The play yard faced a large empty parking lot so he had a long way to go before he could get out of sight.

Later on, in first and second grade, he left his school without permission. His bus came but he wasn't on it, so I called the school. At first they tried to pass the blame off on me, but I eventually got them to understand what "in loco parentis" means so they searched for him. They did eventually find him and were supposed to make certain that he actually got on the bus each day. They didn't take it seriously, so he managed to do it again. That is when I called an ARD meeting to discuss it, got an unsatisfactory answer, and ended up talking to the superintendent of schools. We got a transfer to a smaller school with a large special ed population, and transportation.

He also escaped at home, so we had to become very creative about securing doors and windows.

Nikki - posted on 05/28/2011




It can happen unfortunately, I have heard of this a few times, usually with older children however 4-5 year olds. At a centre that I worked at once one of the carers accidentally locked a toddler in the shed, the parent turned up 10 minutes minutes later and they couldn't find him. This carer was really good at her job too, she was unfortunately under staffed and over ratio and obviously frazzled because she had way too many children in her care. (which was the Director's fault not her's)

I have had 2 children escape on me, both with special needs and I saw both of them escape and had to chase after them. One climbed the fence, over a tree and onto the neighbours roof, I have no idea how he got down because I was too busy jumping the fence trying to get him back. Another time a child (5years) jumped the fence and started running down the middle of the road. I had to chase him for about a km, thank god it was a quiet road. I jumped the fence and ran after him, they were both fine but it's pretty scary. I can't imagine not realising kids were missing. They were high fences too, I had trouble getting over them with another teacher lifting me.

JuLeah - posted on 05/28/2011




Millions of kids have been in care over the years, this one escaped. Kids sneak out the front door too, and run off from grandmas .... they are slippery :) This just made news

Bonnie - posted on 05/28/2011




I am wondering the same does a 3 year old know how to get back home? That's ridiculous.

Rosie - posted on 05/28/2011




how the hell did the kid know how to get back home? that's very scary. i've never had a bad experience with daycare before. how many times have you heard of children escaping from their own parents care? it happens everywhere. :)

Sara - posted on 05/27/2011




Well, that kind of shit happens and mostly you don't find out about it. At my DD's old daycare, they had this fenced in outdoor space and one of the other parents came to pick up their kid and let another kid out of the gated area (a 3 year old) into the parking lot, and didn't try to stop them. WTF???

Krista - posted on 05/27/2011




Yeah, that is scary. And hopefully that daycare will have had the bejeezus scared out of it enough to take a good, hard look at their practices and their facility, to try to prevent such a thing from happening again.

Like Kellie said, it could have even happened at home. Heck, right here on COM we've had threads about kids being escape artists and taking themselves for a walk. BUT, it's only an idiot parent, or an idiot daycare, who does not then assess the situation afterwards to see what can be changed in order to reduce the odds of such a thing happening again.

Kellie - posted on 05/27/2011




Bloody media and their scaremongering. Yes it happened, yes it is way scary and yes it could happen anywhere (in the world), INCLUDING under your "watch full" eyes at home.

He is obviously one smart and determined little boy! and his daycare way obviously negligent. But when you think about it things like this happen all the time, not in quite the same way as this, but similiar. The toddler that get's run over by Mum or Dad because someone blinked, the kid that drowned in the pool because someone blinked etc etc, luckily in this case the child made it home safe and sound.

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