It was a beautiful winter day to spend outdoors for the children at Le Petit Bourg daycare centre. For most of them, it probably felt a lot warmer than the -2 recorded that day in Quebec City, even with the slight breeze that grazed their faces.And how did the daycare respond to the parents concerns:
But the decision to leave 13-month-old Ludovick outdoors to nap for almost four hours has called into question the judgment of the daycare workers who thought it best to let the boy sleep, cuddled in a plastic car seat, rather than awaken him to take him indoors.
He and the baby's mother, Claire Ferland, immediately demanded a meeting with the daycare's administrator. Ms. Ferland told Le Soleil newspaper that she couldn't believe the explanations she was given as justification for letting her son nap outdoors in winter for so long.The only comment I have to make on this story is that in case any of you didn't know... Quebec already has institutionalized daycare.
"We were told things like: 'He has the warmest boots of everyone in the group,' or 'He breathes better outdoors.' They trivialized the incident and wouldn't even offer an apology," she said.
The parents filed a complaint with the province's child-protection authorities when it became obvious that the daycare found nothing abnormal about the incident.
So for all you pro-government-daycare folks, sleep well at night and don't let fear for little Sally's life affect your productivity while at work.
That after all would be bad for the economy... and we can't have that.