Advice re DD and scissors

(16 Posts)
Tanith Wed 02-Oct-13 18:27:27

My DD is in Reception, but only just 4 in August.

She is adamant it wasn't her - it was the scary monster in the book corner who really snipped a hole in her brand new school jumper.

Riiiiight! hmm

minihahawithafringe Wed 02-Oct-13 15:22:55

My dd's hair was cut by another child at preschool, they were both under three at the time.

insancerre Wed 02-Oct-13 15:20:58

ruby are you feeling that she is doing things and that nobody is noticing?
It is pretty hard to keep tabs on all the children and know what they are all up to minute by minute.
I do to a certain extent expect them to tell me when they have issues, like needing to go to the toilet.
Is your DD quiet and shy? Could she not ask to go to the toilet, or tell someone that she had had an accident?

rubyslippers Wed 02-Oct-13 15:11:39

I have reprimanded her and reminded her about using scissors to only cut paper etc

I've said I felt uneasy that she took the scissors away from the table - obviously I've explained to her why she shouldn't do that

It's not about me having a go at the nursery or me absolving her of blame

LittleMissWise Wed 02-Oct-13 15:08:17

When I worked on a Nursery I often had 6 children to a table, with me supervising doing a cutting activity. I might have been helping one who was less able while your DD was supposed to be cutting the paper.

It is not just the nursey's/school's/preschool's job to educate children it should be done at home too. You should be telling her the importance of how to handle scissors safely, what is ok to cut and what's not and reprimanding her for cutting her top.

TiggyD Wed 02-Oct-13 15:00:24

When seen from behind a child cutting a bit of paper looks just like a child cutting their top. You can't watch all the children every minute.

And of you don't actually need to watch the children at all. You can be in the next room out of sight as long as you can monitor the children by sound. That's a rule I don't agree with but many nurseries and nursery chains do it.

rubyslippers Wed 02-Oct-13 14:58:14

Thanks

It's not about me gearing up to have a pop at the nursery

As I said in the OP she hasn't done anything like this before at the nursery so was a bit out if the blue

She had taken the scissors away from the craft table and to another part of the room which is the bit I felt uneasy about (rightly or wrongly!)

lljkk Wed 02-Oct-13 10:12:52

kids do stupid things. Wouldn't be normal if they didn't!

insancerre Wed 02-Oct-13 10:04:48

agree with littlefish
we have scissors out all the time and teach the children how to use them safely
like littlefish says, sometimes there is an adult with them, sometimes there isn't
as for ratios, the ratio can legally be as high as 1 adult to 13 children

completely inrelevant, but we have just ordered a child-sized proper working tool kit with hammers and stuff grin
and we are planning on doing camprires too

<listens out for thuds as the bubble-wrappers fall on the floor>

Littlefish Tue 01-Oct-13 22:16:37

I'm a nursery teacher. We have scissors freely available but always teach the children how to use and transport them safely. The children are able to use scissors whenever they want in the art area. Sometimes there is an adult with them, but not always.

I agree with others that the fault lies with your dd, not the nursery.

3boys3dogshelp Tue 01-Oct-13 21:45:39

Iirc ratio in preschool is 1:8 so I don't think you can expect her to be under constant supervision. I agree with pp that the problem is your dd not the nursery. She is old enough to learn and remember how to use scissors safely (I say this as the mum of a very mischievous 3.5 year old!!)

HSMMaCM Tue 01-Oct-13 21:38:06

I can just picture her sitting at the craft table snipping away and it never occurred to the she was snipping her clothes. She is old enough to know not to do that.

I would tell the nursery though, so they know what she might think of doing next.

Nevercan Tue 01-Oct-13 20:22:17

I would definitely bring it up with the nursery as I would hope they were monitored whilst using scissors to make sure they don't do anything random like that...

rubyslippers Tue 01-Oct-13 18:00:59

She has been reprimanded - it's absolutely not acceptable behaviour from her

She's never done anything like this before at nursery, which is why I am posting for advice as to whether this is an issue or not

Judyandherdreamofhorses Tue 01-Oct-13 17:56:44

A four year old should be able to be around scissors safely. I'd be reprimanding my dd, not the nursery! Many 4 year olds are in school and certainly not constantly supervised around equipment.

rubyslippers Tue 01-Oct-13 17:48:17

DD got hold of scissors at nursery and cut more than half a dozen holes in her top

Judging by the number and the size she was at it for some time before anyone noticed

Nursery rang me to tell me

I have reSlly responded other than to say thNks for telling me but I feel uneasy that she was able to get hold of the scissors, hack her top and no one realised

What's the best way to handle this?

Am generally pleased with the nursery (pre school) although there's been a couple of issues this term re her wetting and no one noticing

DD is 4

TIA

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