I remember a few years ago hearing about nurseries starting to install webcams for parents to view whilst their child was at nursery. At the time I didn’t have a school aged child so didn’t think much of it.
Now my youngest will be starting this September at a nursery who uses webcams. That’s not why he’s going there obviously. He’s going because its small and ideal as a first nursery in my eyes. When we visited I mentioned the webcam thing and the manager said its more so parents have peace of mind that the staff are actually interacting with the children. I’ve walked into two nurseries before where the children were being ignored whilst staff gossiped over a cuppa or sat on their phones and needless to say I made sure my child went no where near staying there. So on that side of things I love the idea of being able to check in on him and make sure he’s ok and staff are interacting.
But the flip side is that what if I turn it on and I see him upset. The staff dealing with it in a way I don’t approve of? I’d be inclined to jump in the car, pick him up. I tend to attachment parent mainly and so my way of comforting him and coping with meltdowns can be different to ‘mainstream’ ideas and although I accept him being in a mainstream nursery witnessing him upset and not being dealt with in a way he’s used to would upset me.
Part of me is inclined not to get the webcam and think ‘ignorance is bliss’ but I think then I’d be stressing over his every emotion when he’s at home and wondering if something happened.
What would you do? Get the webcam login or not?