I brought my three-year-old class outdoors for playtime. While outdoors I noticed one of the children was swinging at a bee hive near the fence. Before I can make it to him in time, he hit the hive with a plastic shovel. He begins to panic by screaming and running in a circle. I also panic and told all the kids to run to the door. We made it in safe, washed our hands and begin to do arts and craft. I contacted the director and told her a bee hive was outside and told her the story. All the children were okay and settled, however five minutes later the director came in my room upset. The director came to my room with a child that was in my class that I forgot outdoors. She terminated me for lack of proper supervision. What did I do wrong? She did not see my side. It was an emergency! Please help, I do not understand.
Thank you for submitting your question to “Elite Answers”. There are several precautions that should have been setup in advance that would have decrease the safety risk. Firstly, I recommend someone in the school being responsible for walking the grounds indoors and outdoors daily. If a grounds check was properly completed then the director would have known about the bee hive before you went outdoors. Secondly, unintentional situations occur daily when you teach young children. You were correct to bring them inside to flee from the unsafe environment. However, you should have counted your class once you arrived indoors (instantly). You should always make sure you have all your children while transitioning between activities. Finally, take this as a learning opportunity to sharpen your skills as a teacher. These types of situations have happened to the best of the best. It’s important to get training in specialized areas to sharpen your skill base and knowledge. I recommend you enroll into our “Risk Management for Young Children” course.
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