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    ESF Tsing Yi Terrible

    My son's been going to ESF Tsing Yi kindy for the past month. I've already witnessed numerous accounts of children aggression toward one another without any supervision from the teachers or teacher assistants (including hitting each other with metal toys, throwing toys at each others' heads, pushing and shoving, etc.), but this morning was the last straw. I left my son at the gate where he lines up and goes upstairs to his classroom following his teacher. Parents are not allowed inside. He walks up two flights by himself. Between the first and second flights there is a landing with a window were most children will stop and wave to their mommies and daddies standing outside. My son waved at me and I waved back. Then, a girl came and stood next to him. She was also waving. Suddenly, for no apparent reason, she turned and pushed my son HARD until he almost fell down. She then pinched his nose and cheek before pushing him again twice. I could see my little guy was in shock. He didn't defend himself, but just stood there. Eventually, he turned and resumed his climb up to his classroom.

    No teacher saw this, and no one came to stop it. It leaves me to wonder: what if she pushed him hard enough for him to fall down the stairs? What goes on when no one is watching?

    From my count, the kindy certainly has more than a few teacher assistants walking around. I think for K1, they have at least 8 assistants and 4 teachers. Where were they? How can they leave children to go up and down stairs without watching? What if someone is seriously hurt?

    Further, how can I teach my little guy to not be a bully when he is on the receiving end of such aggression? No one came to say "hey, that was not right". No one even saw it. I will have to discuss with him when he comes home today.

    Needless to say, I am a bit upset over this. I am not understanding what the fuss over ESF is about. Seems to me the kindergartens (at least this one) is not special, if not a little subpar.

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    How was it after you talked to you son? And did you talk to the school too?

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    My child goes to Tsing Yi and has been kicked by another child (unintentionally, it was an accident while playing) and hit over the head with a toy by a different child and both times I have been advised by her teacher what happened and how they dealt with the incident. (In fact a formal incident report came home for the head injury)
    They were minor bumps and I can't fault the kindergarten for how they dealt with it.
    I can't comment on the stair walking as she catches the bus so I don't see what goes on as the children enter the school.
    Did you speak to your child's teacher? I find my daughter's teacher is very open with communication, but perhaps it depends which teacher you have.

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    perhaps, instead of posting on here, first you should talk to the school about your concerns? what good will it do for you to come on here with your complaints if you haven't raised them with the school?

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    Raising your concerns with the school is the best idea. If they didn't see / don't know what happened then they can't do anything to try and make sure it doesn't happen again. However you do have to remember that kids will be kids and they will push and hit each other.
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    m_c, agree completely!

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    This is strange... I have seen this 9-17-2012 thread before but there were a few more comments between then and 11-29-2012, one of them posted by myself even. What happened to them?

    Anyhow, i am quite concerned with this issue as well since I am applying for my son to this kindie for 2013 K1. There are two neighbor boys who are currently going to ESF Tsing Yi K1, and they confirmed my suspicion as well. One boy cannot speak well and often hit other kids; after he went to K1 the situation has only gotten worse (recently he hit my son too so we're staying away from him). The other boy speaks very well and is a gentle soul; he told his family that he has been hit numerous times (without grudges, a very Zen kid). I do not know how they dealt with it since I've only talked to their helper so far, but i do intent to find out more about this. lily1221 please do let us know what the situation is like now. thanks!

    Since my boy is not in kindie yet, may i know if this is common in all kindies for kids to hit each other, or is it particularly bad in this school?

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    I think it's quite normal for 2 and 3 yr olds to push and shove a bit, especially if they are not used to sharing. I guess it comes down to whether you are happy with they way a school deals with this issue and how you think your child would manage it if it happened to them.
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