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#1 -Emissary-

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:29 PM

As the title states.. how do you feel about your kids watching TV at childcare? Is it normal?

I initially didn't really care when the other centres also had TV time. However, they were only on for 30 minutes and it wasn't a daily thing. At this centre, a children movie is usually turned on at 4.30 pm every single day. The centre closes at 6 pm.

I feel it's laziness. They gather all the kids (from babies to ASC primary schoolers) and turn the TV on. I've picked up DS a few times and all the kids just sit on the floor staring at the TV like zombies. I think 1.5 hours of TV every single day is a bit too much and I don't really like it. DS gets his share to the TV at home but not 1.5 hours straight!

Am I overreacting?

Edited by -Emissary-, 23 February 2012 - 09:34 PM.


#2 Lil Chickens

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:33 PM

Wow, I didn't think they did have TV at child care - that's why I told DH we should send DD there instead of to MIL!

#3 YoursMineAndOurs

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:36 PM

I agree that seems like a bit much for an everyday thing.

They had a movie playing when I picked up DS2 the other day but it was about 36 degrees and I could understand. I wouldn't be impressed if it was an everyday thing

#4 cheekymonkeysmum

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:40 PM

All the centres i have worked at have had TVs though only in the Pre=School rooms (3-5yrs) Though the carer's only put in on if it was raining or when the littler children were having their naps and the bigger children didn't have naps.
Oh and it was never tv it was always a DVD of the Wiggles or High 5

So not on all the time.

Though i guess if you don't like TV at childcare don't put your kids in vacation care or OSHC.  ph34r.gif

#5 Me n Marshmallow

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:40 PM

QUOTE (-Emissary- @ 23/02/2012, 07:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Am I overreacting?

Hell no! I have never heard of TV at daycare before. You're not paying to have your kid shoved in front of the TV. I'd be pretty angry and would change centres. At my DD's daycare they are always doing something. There is no time for TV.


#6 MahnaMahna

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:41 PM

I don't have an issue with it if it is only used for short periods of time and in the right circumstances. For me that means, when it is too hot outside and they have already done craft/reading/activities etc, when it is the end of the day and all the kids are grumpy and if it has been raining all day and again, all other activities are done.

#7 ubermum

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:42 PM

I think that amount is excessive. At most, my kids will watch 30 mins of tv at FDC, and that is only Mr.Maker when they are going to do a project that is shown.

#8 -Emissary-

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:43 PM

QUOTE
Though i guess if you don't like TV at childcare don't put your kids in vacation care or OSHC


I don't have a problem with TV - I have a problem with excessive TV. Every single day. And it is all the kids, not just the older ones. So even the babies are dragged into the room.



#9 Lightning_bug

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:48 PM

Our CC uses TV a lot.  But it's as an educational tool rather than a babysitting one.

They watch shows on the life cycle of frogs or the such.  And weekly they have a kids yoga show they get up and do - both the carers and the kids.

Once a week it's movie day and a child can bring in their favourite movie.  While this sounds slap-happy - they do centre the days activities around it so for example if it were jungle boy they'd talk about jungle animals, made a jungle in the corner of the room, played memory games based on what the kids had watched.

TV can be incredibly helpful tool - and yes, sometimes they do just watch a movie on a hot/rainy day or when the kids are especially worked up after a physically hectic day.  But it's rare and despite the angst about TV, even kids need to sit back and relax some times.


#10 cheekymonkeysmum

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:52 PM

QUOTE (-Emissary- @ 23/02/2012, 10:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't have a problem with TV - I have a problem with excessive TV. Every single day. And it is all the kids, not just the older ones. So even the babies are dragged into the room.


Yeah that would be a pain sorry that bit of my post was meant to be tongue in cheek.

Have you spoken to the carers about this maybe you could get your child doing some craft or playing with toys while the other children are watching telly.

No actually speak directly to the director i would doubt she would like that happening.

#11 -*meh*-

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:52 PM

ours uses tv when its generally not ok to be outside...

however at DS2 centre there is only really about 4-5 kids left after about 5.30 so they are either outside playing or inside watching some abc/educational show on tv... kids are told they have to watch though, they do have some toys still set up.


DS1's oshc has tv on every morning and afternoon when i drop off and pick up... meh he would be watching it at home otherwise

#12 liveworkplay

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:57 PM

We have a TV at our centre. In the 5 years we have been there, I have only ever seen (or heard from my DD's) about playschool, animal docos and the very occasional DVD. It is never a regular thing though. I would not be happy about that.

#13 Majeix

Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:24 PM

QUOTE (cheekymonkeysmum @ 23/02/2012, 10:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
All the centres i have worked at have had TVs though only in the Pre=School rooms (3-5yrs) Though the carer's only put in on if it was raining or when the littler children were having their naps and the bigger children didn't have naps.
Oh and it was never tv it was always a DVD of the Wiggles or High 5

So not on all the time.

Though i guess if you don't like TV at childcare don't put your kids in vacation care or OSHC.  ph34r.gif


At least their older though. I mean I still think they do too much of it but at least their not tiny ones.



OP I'd be VERY unahappy.

#14 Guest_holy_j_*

Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:28 PM

Fine for exceptional circumstances ie rain, or excessive heat or for short educational videos for the older kids.

#15 CallMeProtart

Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:45 PM

That use of tv I'd be really annoyed at.
When DD was at FDC they used to watch playschool every day, I was fine with that - I think sometimes it would slip to a bit more, which I don't really like but everybody's human and FDCarer must have her off days.
In their centre though, I would not expect tv to be used, and I've never seen the tv on (though she did recognise 'bookaboo' so they've either read about him or watched him?), and I'd be VERY upset if it was 1.5 hours EVERY day! VERY lazy...

#16 mpoppins92

Posted 23 February 2012 - 11:51 PM

As someone who has worked in a childcare centre, sometimes it's the only thing that can make the children sit down and take a breather. My centre was a nap free centre and after a day of hectic activities we would quite often do a vote on a movie and let the kids have a break and some quiet time, that and on rainy days when they all seem to go a bit crazy. Having said that though there is no way my bosses would have allowed 1.5 hours a day. Yes when you need to clean up it can be a bit annoying but we would either have outside time or keep one art and craft table open. They should be cleaning up gradually from about 5 onwards so once the kids are gone it's a quick 15 minute sweep and out the door. I don't think 1.5 hours a day is needed.EFS

Edited by mpoppins92, 23 February 2012 - 11:52 PM.


#17 Guest_EllieMayLee1_*

Posted 24 February 2012 - 07:56 AM

As a former child care worker and now mother I would not be happy. The only time I have used the tv was for educational purposes, if it were raining all day (I would have activities set up also) or at Christmas time (as a treat- also other activities would be offered). I think it is lazy to plonk them in front of the tv and unfair on the parents. Chances are that the energy they stored up sitting down will be unleashed on the parents after they are picked up. I would complain.

#18 lozoodle

Posted 24 February 2012 - 08:02 AM

At 4.30pm? I wouldn't care at all.

By that time of day a lot of kids are exhausted and all played out. They need some time to wind down as its a pretty long day for them.

If it were an all day thing then yes I'd be a bit bothered, but at 4.30pm I wouldn't care. A lot of kids have already gone home by that time anyway, so I see nothing wrong with the ones remaining having a bit of wind down time with a movie.

#19 melaine

Posted 24 February 2012 - 08:04 AM

I've never seen the tv on at our childcare centre. I think the kinder room has one and apparently over summer they watched a tv show my son tells me. That was the first I ever heard of it.

They get grouped into the 2-3 year old room by the end of the day and there is no tv in there as far as I know. At least I've never seen it on and I have picked him up after 6pm a couple of time (our centre is open till 7pm - but only a couple of kids left after 6pm).

At 4.30pm they are often still playing outside.

Edited by undomesticmumma, 24 February 2012 - 08:04 AM.


#20 Bluenomi

Posted 24 February 2012 - 08:09 AM

Our daycare centre doesn't even have a tv.

In the todder room they sometimes pull out the laptop on rainy days and put on a short DVD which is usually a DVD version of a story. The kids and the carers will read along and do the actions etc and make it interactive. It wouldn't be on for more than 30 mins.

At 4:30 they are usually all outside so the carers can clean up inside while the kids run around.

#21 Oriental lily

Posted 24 February 2012 - 08:33 AM

We have one in the pre kinder room but I have only seen it on once before Christmas and they were watching a Xmas theme movie.

I have no problem with it being used occasionally.

Op that seems excessive though.

#22 Sail to the Moon

Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:11 AM

1.5 hours everyday seems like far too much TV if there are babies and young children there too. If there were only school aged children in the room and it was only allowed from 5pm onwards and there were other activities set up indoors or outdoors for them then it wouldn't be quite so bad. They would have had a busy and long day at school and would most likely be doing a similar thing at home.

Some long day care centres do have TV's in the toddler and preschool rooms, but it would only be used very occasionally (due to wet weather) or if the children are particularly unsettled at the end of a particularly bad day to help them calm down when other techniques to calm them down aren't working.



#23 BobTony

Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:15 AM

The one DD went to used TV in the evenings after 5.30, (6pm shut) when there were few kids and at the end of the day when it was too hot or too rainy to play outside.

I never had a problem with it, as it was also intended to calm the kids down after running around all day, but I would be concerned at it being on for an hour and a half every day.

#24 gizboo

Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:26 AM

I don't like it at all!!
I posted a similar thread over a year ago when my children's new centre had a TV (their previous one, did not), and I was assured it was normal. I asked about a TV policy as suggested here, and witnessed it being use more then the policy said. I didn't like it, so we moved them to one which doesn't.
In this case though, the TV was put on at the same time (4:30ish, after coming indoors), but used a babysitter so the children wouldn't mess up a tidied room. glare.gif

#25 msro82

Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:32 AM

DD in her 4 years at one centre has watched TV twice. Once was the gruffalo, so 30 mins and the 2nd time was playschool when it had been raining for a 4 days straight! The kids misbehaved so it was turned off after 10 mins.

I agree it must laziness and I would not be happy having my child watching a movie at that time everyday. How hard is it to have some lego, dolls and drawing bits and pieces out? DD's daycare if they are not outside at that time are generally either do the above or playing bobs and statues or similar.




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