In my almost two decades of being in childcare education, I have not come across a child having torn earlobe from participating in physical education in the UK. My aim on this topic is to bring a balance equation from both a professional and parent perspective. Research shows no incident or accidents of pupils wearing earrings or studs has occurred during physical activity or swimming. I will be glad to be proven wrong, and the evidence based on a real ratio. The keyword such as ‘Serious accidents have occurred as a result of contact between pupils wearing earrings or studs’are included in school policies and educational establishments., but none on a real accident that occurred. It bothers me that the same swimming pool the public swims is the same pool our children’s activity takes place. The public is not told to take off their earring before swimming, just a thought. In a nursery school setting, I can understand toddlers pulling other toddlers earring, which can result to torn earlobe. However, a more realistic explanation should be provided as to why children in most UK primary schools are being instructed not to wear stud earring.
Parents are baffled as to why this rule exist and have asked questions on various parenting forums on if a child has being hurt from wearing stud earring. As a parent, I have experienced this too, thou the earring was the tiniest nose stud. I believe it is more unhygienic to keep having the earring taken in and out of the ears due to an infection transferred from day to day hand germs. As a childcare professional I understand rules of risk assessment are put in place to prevent any litigation. However these rules have to be based on common sense, cultural diversity and respect for the choice of parents for their children.
It takes a brave childcare company to ask for feedback from parents or clients as you do not know what to expect. Most expect a positive feedback or are too scared to ask parent to give one if not sure of their childcare service.
Feedback is a great way of:
Improving your child care service.
Getting FREE recommendation that can help your service.
Providing parents/clients a positive approach to express their concerns.
Telling your side of the story.
Letting you know what is working or not working, which can help save money/human resources/time.
Letting parents/clients know that their contribution is important.
Note, it is important that when feedback is given, an action and a result should be derived from the feedback. Let use the example of Eden Mobile Creche, when the company started we only provided a full creche service. However, we got a lot of feedback for the need of childcare staff only service. This service met the needs of clients with smaller budget or clients that have venues with toys but not the qualified childcare staff. This feedback helped Eden Mobile Creche add a new childcare service. Feedback can also be a sudden trend or the most request service by parents or clients.
Feedback for childcare business can help make the business grow positively. An example of getting feedback within a nursery school is providing parent with a yearly form, which can be a questionnaire format or suggestion. Forms can remain anonymous to give parents privacy. This is beneficial to the early years settingas it provides an opportunity identifying what parents are happy with and what they are not. A man once told me he only knew a client was not happy with his service when he gets a call from another company asking for the clients’ folder to be transferred. It does not have to get to the point of parents removing their child from an early years setting before problems are identified. A feedback process can help reduce this possibility.
In conclusion, let a matured member of staff deal with feedback. A people person, which may not be the must senior member of the team. However, some feedback will need senior management attention to get the desired result.
With the way the economy is, individuals, companies and families are looking for ways of save money. However, when it comes to childcare service should this be the case? Quantity childcare service is about looking at how much a creche service, wedding mobile childcare, nursery or babysitting will cost. Quantity childcare does not think of child safety, risk assessment or health & safety but it thinks of how cheapest to get a childcare service.
On the other hand, quality childcare service is about having the best childcare service provider to do the job. It is not about going for the most expensive or cheapest creche service, nursery or babysitter but it is about the over all quality of service provided. When planning to use a mobile child care service, do not just go for quantity or quality but go with a company that will give you the balance of both. Eden Mobile Creche provides both quality and quantity childcare service. Our services are professional and at the same time value for money. Contact us on http://www.edenmobilecreche.com for more information on our child care service.