However, I would be lying if I said that accidents never happen at our schools. We try our best to prevent our children from getting hurt, but it is bound to happen by their very nature. Many children are naturally reckless in their play, running and skipping, sometimes biting or hitting when they do not get their way. Obviously, we try our best to stress the importance of using our words rather than violence and being more careful during playtime. On rare occasions, however, a child sometimes goes home with a black-and-blue "souvenir" along with a written Incident Report. These rare occurrences are simply unavoidable. I will say, though, that we have been hugely successful in graduating children who are socially ready for primary school.
When accidents do happen, I have always encouraged parents and staff to maintain lines of communication so that both parents and teachers are fully aware of a situation. Communication is also key in that it maintains, or perhaps restores, parent trust in the effectiveness of our program in protecting and educating their children should that trust be compromised in any way.
A couple of weeks ago, I spoke with a parent of one of my newer students about her daughter's care. She expressed concern after finding a scratch on her daughter after she picked her up. After explaining to her the strict supervision we provide on campus, and after hearing more about her daughter's habits, we determined together that she probably scratched herself in some way. After all, none of my staff remembers seeing her cry, and the child did not seem to know from where or what the mark came. I write about this situation because it exemplifies a problem that open and patient communication can solve if given the opportunity.
I further explained to this mother that she is more than welcome to come by sometime during regular operating hours and observe her daughter and our staff in action to see for herself the high level of care we provide our children in order to ease her concerns. This an invitation that I want to extend to all parents of current or prospective students in our program. Because childcare at Miracle Moments is a partnership–a partnership between our staff and our parents, and between parents, staff and our Lord. As long as we approach our calling with this understanding, together we will excel in raising children successful in every respect.