Toddlers leave Day Care, center closes

Tara - posted on 09/04/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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TORONTO, Ont. - An award-winning daycare in Markham no longer has a licence, after three of the eleven children being cared for managed to leave the premises without detection or adult supervision.

The Toronto Star reports the Markham Village Childcare Centre had its licence suspended and was closed by officials from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services Wednesday.

Reports indicate the three toddlers managed to escape the daycare's playground and cross the parking lot, where they entered a nearby neighbourhood drugstore.

In that same incident on Aug. 16, another five toddlers also managed to leave the daycare through an open gate, but they were rounded-up before they could wander far.

Three staff members were supervising the children, who The Star reports ranged in age from 18-24 months.

A follow-up investigation by the ministry discovered there was not enough food in the centre to properly feed the number of children enrolled. It also noted that the centre operator had not hired a qualified supervisor to plan and direct the program.

The licence suspension means the daycare will remain closed until a qualified supervisor is hired and evidence of sufficient food and a care plan is presented to and approved by the ministry.

The Markham Village Childcare Centre, which opened in 2009 and is located on Highway 7 near the Ninth Line, has won the Markham Economist and Sun’s reader choice award for best childcare centre for two years in a row.

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What bothers me the most about this story is that none of the staff have been charged with anything as of yet. If this were a parent who let their 3 toddlers wander out of the yard, across the parking lot and into a store, all of them in diapers, those kids would have been apprehended by Children's services and there would likely be charges of neglect or child endangerment. So far the staff have only lost their jobs.
Thoughts?
If you were one of the parents of these toddlers would you want charges of endangerment or neglect leveled on the staff?

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Krista - posted on 09/04/2011

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Those workers must have had their heads up their asses, to not be able to properly supervise 11 kids between the three of them.

And April, you're sort of throwing away the baby with the bathwater, here. Yes, there are some negligent daycare centres. There are also some negligent family members. My mom used to get her aunt to watch me, because she didn't trust daycare centres. Well, unbeknownst to her, her aunt was a Bible-thumping alcoholic who wouldn't let me watch cartoons, and instead would put on televangelist shows and weep and wail to Jesus.

The moral isn't that you can't trust ANYBODY with your kids...it's that you can't generalize. :) My daycare provider watches 4 kids, and she not only knows where those kids are at every second, I swear she knows what they're thinking. LOL.

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JuLeah - posted on 09/05/2011

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Well, hold who responsible? The director? Yah, I can see that.



The people hired, but not trained, not qualified and not supervised??? Maybe hold them accountable too



The parents? Yah, well they left their kids at this place with no drop in visits, no check ins to make sure all was well ... the parents need to be held accountable too



There are many who are at fault here, including the supervisors supervisor and the people on the board .....



The company that issues the license ... what about them?





But, no, that's not how we do. We pick one person, blame them, throw them under the bus, and refuse to learn any lesson of value that might prevent such a thing from happening again



If I were a parent, I'd be kicking my own ass right now. No, I'd not want to see charges brought. How will that prevent this from happening again?



Bringing charges will really only be about anger and revenge - no good will come of it. There are already laws on the books about how such centers ought to be run, adding more laws, jail time, won't make people in the future follow the laws any better then they do now because you can't regulate attitude.



People need to pay attention, stay involved, have each others back, watch out for their neighbors and all of that ... if everyone involved had been paying attention, this would never have gotten so out of hand

Jurnee - posted on 09/05/2011

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I definitley feel they should be charged and never allowed to work in a position where they are responsible for the supervision of anyone again. It also makes you wonder how often or well this center was inspected. Im sure these conditions didnt just happen overnight. Of course, having worked in daycare, they do tell you when they are coming to inspect, so they could have made things look good for the inspector. Also, 5 other children wandered off but they were able to round them up, really makes you wonder how often this has happened. Really, how hard is it to lock a gate? thankfully though these problems were discovered without anyone being hurt, 3 toddlers wandering, it could have turned out a lot worse.

Amie - posted on 09/05/2011

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I'm also going to agree with Mary.


How did they win this award in the first place? Something must have gone down hill fast if they legitimately won.

It's crap that those workers have not been charged too. >:(

Jennifer - posted on 09/04/2011

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11 kids, 3 workers. Toddlers. Mobility limited, somewhat slower due to short arms and legs. Thinking there'd have been charges alright. Against me most likely.

I've worked in special ed classes where the kids ranged in mental age from 2 to 14. Most are not physically handicapped and we had 3 workers for 19 kids and we were supposed to stay back and let the kids 'find their way'. Never 'lost' more than one at a time, and trust me, we knew with in minutes! Not sure how far their heads were up there, but please pull it out..........and this place won awards???

Stifler's - posted on 09/04/2011

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this is definitely neglect and child endangerment. how do you not notice that 5 toddlers are leaving the building.

Jaime - posted on 09/04/2011

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That's incredibly scary. I hope some charges are brought against the daycare workers. Just losing their jobs isn't enough...they shouldn't have the ability to just walk onto another job in a month or two. How is it that this daycare won awards and yet they have unqualified staff and insufficient means to be able to properly care for the children? Absolutely unbelievable!

Mary - posted on 09/04/2011

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I'm more fascinated by the fact that they won awards for "best Daycare". Did they have a complete staff turnover recently? How did they go from being award winning to losing kids in such a short amount of time? Or did they always suck?

At any rate, they absolutely should press charges for both neglect and child endangerment. I can't believe that is even in question.

April - posted on 09/04/2011

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@ Krista, when I mentioned family members, I meant really close family members like my sister or my mom. There ARE family members I wouldn't trust. My grandma used to watch us when we were little and once she locked us in her bedroom while my parents were gone. There are some family members that are so close to you that it's almost like they're you. My sister is 3 years younger but we are almost like twins. We show up in the same clothes all the time and constantly finish each others' sentences. To not trust her would be like not trusting myself.

April - posted on 09/04/2011

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Can these employees be hired back? That would be the new supervisor's job, to hire people? Could he or she legally hire back the fired employees? I hope not! If that's the case, the fired employees ultimately may not experience a single repercussion! If I were a parent of one of the mini-escape artists, I certainly would be pressing charges and suing! This sort of thing is the reason I never allowed my child to go to daycare: you can never trust anyone!! I went to summer camp one year and escaped undetected as well. My sister and I asked to be kept together and they refused ,so when no one was looking, we walked home! I learned a life lesson that day: never trust anyone but close family with your kids.

Kate CP - posted on 09/04/2011

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I think this is horrendous and yea, I think some child endangerment and neglect charges should be brought. Not having enough food for the kids is neglect. Letting them wander out into a road (parking lot) is endangerment. This is just...wrong. Wow. :/

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