The Dom Post reports:
A woman has been banned from a Wellington childcare centre after a Ministry of Education staff member saw her “inappropriately restraining” a child.
What did she do? Did she put him in a head lock? Tackle him to the ground? Sit on him?
The child was not hit or hurt
Yet she got banned?
The daughter of the centre’s supervisor had been on the floor with the children and was seen “stopping” a 4-year-old boy from hitting another child by putting her hand on his arm, she said.
How terrible. She must be kept away from children in case she stops other children from hitting each other.
The centre had a no-hitting policy, but staff usually told children verbally to stop if they were found to be “rough-playing”.
And if they don’t, we send them a stern note asking them to stop.
UPDATE: A friend who owns and operates an ECE says that the issue is likely to have been the fact the woman was not a parent or teacher at all, yet able to have contact with the kids – rather than the actual action of stopping one kid hitting another.