Violent Toddlers

The violence of children as young as one has become rampant, so many nurseries have had to expel so many children due to biting other children and attacking the nursery staff. Statistics released by the Department for Education, showed that about 30 children under the age of four or under were expelled in September 2013 and a further 70 were suspended. At least 100 children under the age of five were excluded in year one alone according to research. Nearly 4950 have been excluded from primary and secondary schools and almost half of those exclusions were as a result of attacks on other children and teachers alike. Teachers have complained about being unsafe in their own classrooms due to the violence by the children, as it has been recorded that close to 530 children have been excluded because they attacked their teachers, whilst other children were sent home as a result of racial slurs or verbal abuse, sexual misconduct and persistent disruptive behaviour. However the most common perpetrator is the male child, they have been to be three times more likely to be suspended or expelled than the female child. This is actually shameful but not surprising as the male child is often more predicted to have a disruptive behaviour, no stereotype intended!

It is imperative that children that exhibit these behaviours receive the much needed help and support to eradicate such behaviours before its too late, furthermore the nursery and its staff need further help to be able to deal with the situation as being expelled or suspended can be quite daunting and damaging to the future of a child, but it also begs the question of how and why they are displaying such attitudes? Could it be from their parents or what they have been exposed to at home and don’t know any better? It is pretty disappointing and sad that children behave this way especially from under the age of four and truth be told if a large and extra amount of care is not taken, these children could honestly be destroyed forever.

Apparently, there’s currently a recruitment crisis where the roles of teachers are involved because they fear that they may be abused either physically or verbally, sworn at or even have chairs thrown at them or around by the children, and the children are no longer afraid of the fear of detention, they just don’t care, and in some cases nor do their parents! I have heard that some parents defend the behaviour of their children even if horrendous and blame the teacher for not having control. Rather than say, I will accept all help in growing my child into a sensible, caring individual, they show their children bouts of behaviour, which are anti-establishment and anti-social. What chance have these children got?

This situation has now become a national scandal that affects children’s life choices and ruins their chances at succeeding and attaining a good life. It needs to be tackled right from the root in order to avoid a behavioural problem from developing. Although it is very rare to permanently exclude children under the age of 11, the Department for Education is determined to make sure that every child feels safe at school, and is able to learn and study hard without being disrupted by others and teachers should be able to teach in a safe environment without the fear of being harassed.

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