Educators should keep children safe and not put children in risky situations. Playing in light drizzle rain is accetable but in my opinion not in severe thunderstorms.
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Thats exactly what we were thinking and what the director said. The staff member in question was brought into a meeting and then admitted that she had lied and that the children were out in the storm not inside like she had previously said. We both used to work at the centre and and I myself have nearly been hit by a falling tree while packing up the yard. We also had a severe weather policy but the centre is now owned by a new company who are now putting in place training for the staff to deal with these types of situations. We also bought up other issues and the director was shocked. Unfortunately the majority of staff a high school age and have only just finished studying so they don't have a lot of experience so hopefully they can all learn from this
However, even if that particular staff member did something wrong, lying is pretty unethical so you may want to encourage the younger Educators that they need to tell the truth even if it means getting into trouble etc.
Its great to hear that the centre is training the staff though, that's important to make sure everyone knows how to deal with these situations.
In regards to reporting to the Director, for those who work in the office only, they are often surprised to hear what exactly is happening between Educators. When you are working so closely with others, things will get said and done and sometimes taken too far and even the Director would not know of the happenings. That is why I think the Director should be open to having weekly chats with all Educators, where it can be a safe place for Educators to voice their concerns and issues or even just to vent. It helps!
You got your work cut out for you with the younger ones!