This is completely unacceptable and callous behavior from a child care teacher. I hope the courts jail her.
From experience, I can imagine many people would be blogging about this. I don't intend to add to it except for my own record. In particular I want remember what an early childhood educator commented on this event.
I tend to agree with her. There must be a climate of fear in that place isn't it? How did the principal run the place?
Now the MSF would be investigating this thoroughly and quickly. As for NTUC, they have to ask themselves if this is peculiar to their Toa Payoh Centre or a problem in other places they run too. Was it a wayward character with a weak principal and colleagues or a deeper cultural problem with inadequate checks and balance. That teacher was stupid and careless too. Surely she knew everything was recorded and yet she did that to the 3 year old.
Always if there is an extreme imbalance of power the risk and temptation of abuse is ever present. In this instance it was a childcare but it could be anywhere. You name it. At home, any school, the military and of course offices. We had one case documented in video not that long ago.
Update: July 8, 10:35am
If Jacqueline Chung is right, judging by the way she describes how St. James is run, culture, space design and process are vital. Sure the most important aspect is recruiting the right people but we have to learn to make a success of what is available considering the dire need for more teachers in this space.
I wouldn't be surprised if NTUC review the recordings of all the CCTVs across their centres there will be other similar incidents recorded. I hope MSF would demand for all recordings for review.
I agree with callers that the troubling lack of intervention by the two other adults in the clip, the purported prevarication of the principal and teachers that the kid fell and hurt himself were more serious. Smacks of a systemic problem.
Update: July 8, 8:25pm
See the highlight. I am not surprised at all. Come on, it is reasonable to think she isn't the only one either. NTUC childcare culture and systems need fixing.