Daycare staff taped toddler’s shoes to her ankles so tightly it left marks: Mom is fuming

Choosing the right daycare for our kids is never easy. Selecting one that has the right educational environment as well as the right staff can be all about instinct for many parents so lots of research is necessary.

The cost of daycare in the U.S. is very high but we all want the best for our children and it’s often a catch 22 situation as we can feel like we’re working just to pay childcare fees.

For one single parent in North Carolina, she thought she’d found the perfect setting for her child and was happy to leave her there every day. Then one afternoon she went to collect her and was horrified at the sight she was met with.

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When we leave our children at preschool we expect all of the staff to take good care of our precious little people because there is nothing as important to us than our children.

However mom Jessica Hayes was furious after collecting her 17-month-old daughter at Pleasant Hill nursery in Elkin, North Carolina and saw that staff had taped her daughter’s shoes to her ankles.

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After gently peeling the masking tape off her child’s skin she saw that the tape had been applied so tightly it had left marks and bruises.

She turned to Facebook to post pictures and vent her frustration and got an overwhelming response.

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Jessica’s post on Facebook read:

“I am upset that this happened to my child as someone was clearly upset that she was learning take her shoes off and done it out of being aggravated. This was also not just her shoes being taped up it was around her ankle,” she wrote on Facebook. “To the sports players who tape their shoes, they are older have the say so in doing so and are able to say it is to tight and bothering them. My 17-month-old child was unable to say anything.”

Jessica said the tape was wrapped around her daughter’s ankles so tightly it had caused swelling and bruising.

“It does hurt and break trust when you put that trust into two individuals who have been with my daughter since she was 6-weeks-old, and come in to her shoes being taped on her as well as her ankles.”

Jessica said she reported the incident to the daycare director who “was just as speechless as I was,” according to Cafe Mom.

The daycare reacted quickly: “Pleasant Hill Daycare as well took appropriate action and dismissed the two employees involved,” the article said.

Jessica said despite the incident, which occurred in 2018, her daughter went straight back to the same daycare the next day.

“My daughter went straight back to the daycare the very next day and rest of the week. As I feel comfortable to do so and WILL continue to do so,” she wrote. “This being said EVERYONE else should be able to do the same. I am positive this won’t happen to another child as it has raise awareness to all.”

I understand why Jessica was fuming when she saw what the staff had done. Share this article with your friends on Facebook if you agree.