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Watching cartoons in the nursery

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doart3 Thu 05-Dec-19 17:47:46

Today I caught my DD watching cartoons on one of the carers cellphone when I arrived at the nursery to pick her up. She is 18 months. I picked her up within the period where the nursery is active, at 17:30.

Is this normal?

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BlueEyedPersephone Thu 05-Dec-19 17:48:39

No, report to manager

OrangeZog Thu 05-Dec-19 17:49:07

Are you in America?

In the UK, I don’t know any nursery that allows staff to have mobile phones on them whilst they are working.

BlueEyedPersephone Thu 05-Dec-19 17:49:09

They should not have cellphones in rooms

RexDangerVest Thu 05-Dec-19 17:49:15

No and nursery workers should not have their phones it breaches safeguarding policy!!

MustardScreams Thu 05-Dec-19 17:49:25

What! I would be bloody annoyed. You need to report it to the nursery manager.

Wildorchidz Thu 05-Dec-19 17:50:21

I’d also report it.

MustardScreams Thu 05-Dec-19 17:52:19

God excellent point re safeguarding and phones, didn’t even think about that.

Report ASAP op.

doart3 Thu 05-Dec-19 18:07:24

That was what I thought. I was actually very annoyed about it, did not say anything directly at moment, because the manager of the nursery (one of the big ones spread around the country) wasn't in, since it was already 17:30.

I am a bit fearful of how complaining my affect how my daughter is looked after. How do I make sure that she doesn't suffer consequences from my complaints? Is that even possible to assure?

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Wildorchidz Thu 05-Dec-19 18:25:57

Google Vanessa George.
That will tell you why mobile phones are banned in nurseries.

doart3 Thu 05-Dec-19 19:59:05

Thank you for your answers, tomorrow will reach the manager.

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Thefaceofboe Fri 06-Dec-19 22:10:43

Are you annoyed about the cartoons or the use of a mobile phone? Just curious

thanksamillion Fri 06-Dec-19 22:14:36

They should have a policy on mobile phone use and the policies should be available to parents. But no, they shouldn't be doing this.

BackforGood Fri 06-Dec-19 22:26:12

I wouldn't be upset about the last few children watching cartoons at the end of a long day.
I would be very concerned about a member of staff having her phone on her in the room (if it was, and wasn't the iPad / Tablet they use for Tapestry / to take photos of the dc

FlamingoAndJohn Fri 06-Dec-19 22:28:12

Are you sure it was a mobile?
I know some places use iPods to record stuff for learning journeys. Not ok if it was her own mobile.

Tumbleweed101 Sat 07-Dec-19 22:34:01

Are you sure it belonged to a staff member and isn't one for room use? Many places have them for photos for learning journeys.

As for cartoons - at that time of night many children have been there for a long time and need a chance to chill out and calm down ready to go home, this may be one of the ways they use with some children. The children will have been busy all day and may have just eaten and getting sleepy.

Tumbleweed101 Sat 07-Dec-19 22:36:29

Complaining should not affect the care your child gets however and if you want clarification from the manager then you should definitely ask for it.

Fandabydosey Sun 08-Dec-19 15:55:38

Having a mobile phone in a setting where children that young are sends chills down my spine. 😳🤯😱 I don't know any settings that allows personal phones where children are.

BackforGood Sun 08-Dec-19 17:57:28

@doart3 Have you found out what the situation was ? Was it her own mobile phone, or was it the Nursery Tablet / iPad ?

doart3 Sun 08-Dec-19 19:30:52


It was my mistake to say it was a phone. It *was not a phone*, it was an iPod, I did not know that.

Although, apparently, the fact that she was watching cartoons at 5:30 also shocked the manager, that left me a bit more comfortable. I am sure it will not happen again.

About her being treated differently, I was assured it wouldn't happen, it is always hard to tell if that would happen, but I guess I have to give in a bit and trust what I am told.

Let's see.

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missyB1 Sun 08-Dec-19 19:35:27

What time does the nursery close? We often put something on the whiteboard for the toddlers to watch at the end of the day when they are very tired and need some wind down time.

FlamingoAndJohn Sun 08-Dec-19 19:52:45

At 5.30 your child will have been tired. What is the harm in her watching a cartoon while she waits for you?

And there is an almighty difference between a nursery iPod and her personal phone.

Wildorchidz Sun 08-Dec-19 20:29:34

What is the harm in her watching a cartoon while she waits for you?

None if parents are told this is what will happen. The fact that the manager had left by 5.30 and was also shocked at the child watching cartoons would imply that cartoon watching is not an activity that the nursery management deem suitable.

And glad it was an iPod and not a phone Op!

BackforGood Sun 08-Dec-19 21:17:34

I very much doubt the Nursery Manager "was shocked".

It really isn't unreasonable to let the dc watch a cartoon at the end of the day. Some dc will have been at Nursery 10 hours by then.

Thefaceofboe Mon 09-Dec-19 11:45:30

We put cartoons on YouTube for the children if we have a few left at the end of the day while we tidy up and get them sorted for home time. I can’t imagine why anyone would have a problem with this

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