Posted: 21/10/2016 at 14:39
Ugh. There is a member of staff here who has an awful cough, always spluttering, makes me fear for COPD or even TB. But will he cover his mouth or even go to a doctor?
Will he chuff.
Dove: re the social workers. It always scares me over school holidays. The media tell us about all these children who are in households so poor they don't get breakfast unless the school has a breakfast club, that school provide their lunch... and then we hear nothing about provisions made to support them in the holiday. I don't want to be rude but I can't believe that those parents are suddenly able to produce the cash for three healthy meals a day if they were struggling before (and that's before they factor in the fact that we're not even discussing holiday child minders if they work, or activities to enrich their lives and learning or...).
I've had a child come to the museum on a school trip so hungry she was in tears. The teacher told me this is a regular thing and often the receptionist would make her some toast: but couldn't today of course as she was on the trip. Fortunately I had mini boxes of breakfast cereal left over from a scout camp so we sat her down with that, some milk from the coffee shop and she ate so much I thought she was going to explode (we did see her "steal" some more boxes to take home carefully hiding them in her coat when she thought we weren't looking but are you really going to say anything? Yes stealing is wrong and I hate to think stealing is something she's learnt from her parents but I am not even slightly equipped to safely discuss with a child their home life).
I've also had children come to the museum with cold chips in their lunch box, or who smelt so bad I had to seriously consider asking them not to put on the uniforms (I took them all home to wash myself: my neighbours much have thought YMCA had moved in next door).
That said. I've also had children come to the museum who had have ferrero rocher chocolates in their lunch boxes and asked if I could carve their avocado into slices as their nurse maid had forgotten too,
Sobering thought that even though we do our best to help, there must be thousands out there floating under the radar.