A mum has told of her ‘horror’ after her son’s after-school club called to remind her to collect him – after he’d been waiting for more than two hours
A mother has told of her ‘horror and heartbreak’ after her son’s nursery called her with some news that left her ‘blindsided’. While working ten-hour days in a school herself from Monday to Thursday, she told how her son was in nursery, as well as an after-school club, allowing her to pick him up once she’d finished work.
But when they called her recently, she wasn’t prepared for what they told her: “I knew my son had an early finish from nursery today, however, what I didn’t know was that the after-school program was also closing early, at 3 pm.”
After revealing she was currently ‘single parenting’ while her husband was deployed, and with no family less than five hours away to help her with childcare, she was shocked to receive the phone call – more than two hours after she should have collected him.
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She said: “The daycare called me at 5:15 asking where I was, saying that my son was the last one at daycare, but STILL didn’t tell me that they were supposed to close at 3.” After admitting that she thought they would have told her directly if it was an early finish, she also said she had tried calling them that morning to check but the number was ‘out of service’.
With the news sending her into a panic, she said: “I just hate that I was THAT parent. Picking up my kid two and a half hours after the daycare closed.” She said that the after-school workers ‘kept him entertained’ while they waited patiently for her, she admitted on Reddit that she was worried leaving her son alone like that might have affected him: “I feel so horrible still. He seems fine and is happy, but will he be traumatised for life?”
Readers were quick to jump to her defense, with many asking why the nursery team had taken so long to tell her: “I would not beat yourself up. Talking to the centre director about communication might be a good idea.” Another agreed, commenting: “First of all, their number being out of service is a big red flag. That is unacceptable. They not only should have told you to your face about the schedule but also emailed you a reminder as well.”
Other mums told how their childcare limited late pick ups by charging parents by the minute: “My daycare is £12 ($15) every 5 minutes you’re late,” said one. “The fact that you feel so bad for the day care workers and your son shows that you are a good mum and a good person,” said one reader, while another commented: “Don’t be too demanding of yourself. It happens. Being a single mother is hard. Give yourself some grace.”