22 Mar 2013

Helping Children in Schools - NSPCC

Bubba has not enjoyed going to nursery over the last year and now she has moved up a class she is even more unsettled. When I collect her she seems happy and runs up to me which makes it a bit easier but she has been saying, by the time we get home, 'no Bella, no stop' over and over and gets fairly agitated about it. I have asked if Bella is in her class and whether she takes things off of Bubba. To both questions she answers 'yes' but you can never be sure what is going on and toddlers are usually not very good at sharing so I'm not to worried at this stage. I'm going to ask the teachers if they have noticed anything or whether Bella is in her class and if the two girls play well together for the most part.

It did get me thinking, how would I deal with issues that arise as she gets older, do I confront the parents, tell a teacher, leave it to sort itself out or a whole combination of those things. Will I even recognise or would Bubba feel comfortable telling me if she has a problem?

I was also talking to a friend whose little girl is in primary school (age 5) and she told me how another little girl was being a bit of a bully and controlling situations and telling the children who they can and can't play with. She scribbles over their work and generally makes the other children feel uncomfortable. This child is known at the school as having a few behavioural issues but my friends little girl didn't really recognise that she was being treated badly until a chance conversation. She just thought it was normal and couldn't understand why she was being singled out.

I worry so much that Bubba may get bullied (or be unkind to other children) as she gets bigger. I won't always be there to know or she may not want to come to me if she has problems. This is why I think the new ChildLine School project is brilliant. A trained volunteer goes into primary schools and talks to the kids about recognising the signs of neglect, bullying and abuse. It's a very soft approach and the children are told who they can speak to if they feel worried. Then there are follow up activities and discussions in the classrooms a few weeks later to make sure the children understand the information. If you would like to learn more then see the NSPCC website.

I hope that Bubba gets to be involved in such initiatives when she starts school because I think getting children to understand and talk about these subjects may help others in the future.

This was a sponsored post but the promised sponsorship failed to materialise. However, I'm passionate about this cause and feel its important to share such great initiatives
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