I work at a tutoring center, but to some ignorant parents, it is a day care facility.
Well its not. In fact we strongly emphasize to new parents that they must come and pick their kids up when they are done, because we cannot be responsible for their kids. The work the kids do takes 1 hour to complete (sometimes 2 hours). It is okay for parents to drop their kids off and come back, but frankly it seems like many parents just don’t seem to get it.
This evening we closed at 7 PM. Even though we hand out our business hours schedule to everyone, people often tend to have rather ‘selective’ memories and I always have to make sure to remind parents when we close, lest they claim “But I thought you closed later!”. So if someone brings in their kid at 6:30, they’re welcome to stay to get as much work done as they can, but they have to stop at 7.
Today we had two seperate sets of parents who were nearly an hour late picking up their kids. One parent was screaming at the director, demanding that we stay open for her kids. Was she aware that we closed at 7 PM? She was well aware of that fact. She merely wanted us to make some rediculous exception just so she could get her own way.
Parents like this really piss me off. They know the rules, and yet they leave their children stranded at a center because of their own incompetence. Ultimately this is unfair to the child, many of which become very upset when hours and hours pass without their parent coming to pick them up.
I feel like it puts us in a really unfair situation, because while both the Director and I know full well we are not responsible for ‘babysitting’ kids, we cannot in our good concience leave a child unsupervised and thus will stay late just to make sure the child’s parents come and get them.