Staff ‘cared deeply’ for troubled child

The grandparents of a four-year-old girl asked not to return to her childcare centre because of her behaviour have had an offer of help to care for her.

Another childcare centre called The Herald this morning and offered to help in the situation by giving her a space.

But there was also a call from a mother whose child had attended the same childcare as the young Gisborne girl.

She was upset yesterday’s front page article did not mention all the time given to the child by teachers at the childcare.

“There was support given to her, people did care deeply,” she said.

The mother had a child who attended the same childcare as the girl.

Her child was hit on the head from behind with a piece of “4x2” in an unprovoked attack by the girl.

It was witnessed by teachers, she said.

As a result, the child suffered concussion and still had severe anxiety about returning to childcare.

Givealittle page hopes to cover one-on-one care

Yesterday’s article about the Gisborne girl reported she was asked not to return to her childcare centre because her behaviour “scared the kids and teachers”.

The article linked to a givealittle page her whanau had started to get help to pay for one-on-one care.

The young girl had a rough start in life and her grandparents, who raised her because her mother was in prison, did not want that to carry on to her education.

The centre she attended was a childcare, not a kindergarten.

The grandmother said the teachers at the childcare were “beautiful” but confused about what to do.

“The childcare centre asked if we could lessen her hours, and we did, and then we got a phone call that same day we changed everything to say she could not come back without a one-on-one carer.”

The grandmother said the manager of the childcare gave them no documentation about their granddaughter hurting any of the other children even though they were told verbally about it.

“That’s what hurt us. None of it was documented,” she said,

'Sad, sad situation to read about'

Early Childhood Council​ chief executive officer Peter Reynolds said it was a “sad, sad situation to read about”.

“Too often we are seeing examples like this across early childhood education services.

“One must feel for this child and the grandparents. I also spare a thought for the childcare who I am sure will have tried everything they could.

“At the end of the day, if they cannot provide a safe environment for this child, for the other children in their childcare or for the adults who work there, they have a health and safety obligation to exclude the child — temporarily or permanently.

“This is not the best outcome but our learning support services from government are woefully under-resourced and have been for some years.

“If children are indeed our taonga, our treasure, this must change.”

The grandparents of a four-year-old girl asked not to return to her childcare centre because of her behaviour have had an offer of help to care for her.

Another childcare centre called The Herald this morning and offered to help in the situation by giving her a space.

But there was also a call from a mother whose child had attended the same childcare as the young Gisborne girl.

She was upset yesterday’s front page article did not mention all the time given to the child by teachers at the childcare.

“There was support given to her, people did care deeply,” she said.

The mother had a child who attended the same childcare as the girl.

Her child was hit on the head from behind with a piece of “4x2” in an unprovoked attack by the girl.

It was witnessed by teachers, she said.

As a result, the child suffered concussion and still had severe anxiety about returning to childcare.

Givealittle page hopes to cover one-on-one care

Yesterday’s article about the Gisborne girl reported she was asked not to return to her childcare centre because her behaviour “scared the kids and teachers”.

The article linked to a givealittle page her whanau had started to get help to pay for one-on-one care.

The young girl had a rough start in life and her grandparents, who raised her because her mother was in prison, did not want that to carry on to her education.

The centre she attended was a childcare, not a kindergarten.

The grandmother said the teachers at the childcare were “beautiful” but confused about what to do.

“The childcare centre asked if we could lessen her hours, and we did, and then we got a phone call that same day we changed everything to say she could not come back without a one-on-one carer.”

The grandmother said the manager of the childcare gave them no documentation about their granddaughter hurting any of the other children even though they were told verbally about it.

“That’s what hurt us. None of it was documented,” she said,

'Sad, sad situation to read about'

Early Childhood Council​ chief executive officer Peter Reynolds said it was a “sad, sad situation to read about”.

“Too often we are seeing examples like this across early childhood education services.

“One must feel for this child and the grandparents. I also spare a thought for the childcare who I am sure will have tried everything they could.

“At the end of the day, if they cannot provide a safe environment for this child, for the other children in their childcare or for the adults who work there, they have a health and safety obligation to exclude the child — temporarily or permanently.

“This is not the best outcome but our learning support services from government are woefully under-resourced and have been for some years.

“If children are indeed our taonga, our treasure, this must change.”

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Heather teHuia, Wellington - 8 months ago
I am sad, without knowing the details from all sides it is hard to comment, but I have had some really bad situations with children's behaviours over the years and have never had one we were not able to help - never should a child be excluded from any centre. If you don't know how to help the child and their family get help, don't throw them on the heap so early in life.

Alana Templeton, Hamilton - 8 months ago
Why is it that a child in primary school can be stood down (from as young as 5 years old) for violence to staff or other children and it not be recorded in all the papers and across social media, however when a child (possibly only weeks or months younger) in a childcare centre showing those same traits makes national news? I feel for all involved, as the child in question obviously needs support to develop her social competence, but also for the staff and other families of that centre who would have been at risk from the physical violence dished out by this child. There are only so many strategies that can be used in a childcare environment, and undoubtedly it was a very hard decision for that team and management to make. Ultimately the welfare of the other children and staff must be considered in this equation.