Yesterday i walked past a nursery. As it was sunny, all the toddlers were outside. One particular toddler spotted me, and seemed convinced that I was his mum - he ran along the fence shouting 'mummy, mummy' - right up to the gate.
I didnt know what to do, so I continued walking, and then he started to cry- he was clearly convinced that I was his mum, and i was ignoring and walking away from him.
There were several nursery nurses also present, and they stood there and laughed? This toddler was clearly distressed and they did nothing.
Today I am seriously considering giving the nursery a call as I feel quite upset by this.
YANBU, poor kid. Write the nursery manager a letter expressing your concern about the cruely implicit in laughing at the distress of a child in their care, making it clear that you expect her to seriously speak to the staff involved, and that you look forward to her reply.
Oh call and coomplain for sure! The cows! i saw a similar thing with a childminder at my local playgroup....laughing at a 1 year old she had in her care when he fell or when he could nt reach the bicuits....sadly I never saw them again and couldnt report her.
I agree, you may well have freaked him out more had you stopped. My son has been known to grab the wrong legs in a shop then become very upset when someone he thought was his mum turns out to be a stranger, it's scary for them.
The nursery staff should have distracted him, their behaviour was pretty disturbing tbh.
Oh dear, that poor boy The staff really should have tried to reassure him. I can see how the situation could have been slightly amusing, for a brief second and in a cute, bless him kind of way, but that is awful that no one came to him. Poor lad. I'd also contact the nursery and inform the manager.