Friday, March 14, 2008

Women Caught on Nanny Cam Arrested

I found this story on ParentDish (see Blogs I Read on the Right).

Women caught on nanny cam arrested

When I watched this video last night, it gave me the chills. Though the babies aren't technically being "harmed", the general lack of empathy and concern coming from this nanny turned me cold. It's hard to see in the first shot, but that's a baby she has tucked under her arm like package.

Yesterday, MSNBC reported that the nanny in question was charged with child abuse. Though the children were unharmed, after viewing the entirety of the video the mother had recorded, they decided that her "cumulative" actions warranted the charge.

I think that the vast majority of nannies are likely caring and well-qualified, and that this situation gives nannies a bad name. It is, however, exactly why nanny cams were invented. Would you use a nanny cam? If so, do you tell your child care worker that it's turned on?
Holly's Thoughts (I've used all forms of daycare)

I had a nanny for awhile, but she was my sister. I trusted her. And she was obviously very careful. She would call me if the tiniest thing went "wrong." For instance, when Kalen ate a small petal from a spring flower.

I would have like a nanny-cam when my child stayed at in-home daycare. But, you can't exactly bug someone else's house! In the absence of nanny-cams, you can show up unannounced at odd-times (even if the caregiver asks you to call first). Standing outside the house for awhile can reveal how the caregiver disciplines children. You might be able to hear him/her (I don't want to leave out the mannies!)

I am all for licensed, accredited daycare centers now. I love the extra security of multiple eyes and multiple caregivers. I made sure my center was NAEYC certified and it's been great! I also like knowing that if something happens to my child's provider (seizure, choking, etc.) someone else will be able to care for me child. And, if something happens to another child, there are multiple providers to continuing providing care to my child. However, I don't believe in all daycare centers. Just having multiple eyes isn't necessarily helpful if there is a prevailing attitude of unconcern. I worked at a daycare center (very, very briefly) and it was an experience that made me say I would NEVER put my child in a center. The building smelled of urine, bathrooms were constantly needing repair, staff did not have a "professional" demeanor, and a 2-year-old actually escaped without anyone noticing (Well, no one but the gentleman you was driving by and saw the child by the road. Fortunately, he brought him back). And no, I wasn't working the day this happened!

So, don't blindly trust any one form of daycare. Look for a NAEYC accredited center and use your eyes, your nose, and your instincts when making a choice.