Parents who try to get free teaching for their kids at the cost of the teacher and other kids
I'm a teacher at a tuition centre. I typically arrive 15-20 minutes early before class starts, so I can get the room set up and photocopy worksheets and all the rest of it at my leisure. I gather the woman who was here before I came tended to arrive right on the dot. So over the last two weeks, a few parents have cottoned on to the fact that I arrive slightly early, and have started taking advantage of it. They'd just arrive 10 minutes early and I'd be there, so they'd get 10 free minutes of teaching for their kid. Once or twice I can understand--it's hard to time arrivals with traffic and weather and so on. But once it happens consistently, I have to arrive earlier and earlier so that I have enough time to properly prepare for the class. If I'm there 20 minutes early and a parent drops their kid off and vamooses without a word, then I'm hardly going to let the kid (some only 3 years old) stand outside unattended while I photocopy. It ends up being a stressful bit of juggling to get everything ready. I was starting to arrive almost an hour early (it's a 90 minute class) just to have enough time to do 5 minutes of photocopying before kids started arriving.
There were only a few main culprits. One parent actually dropped his daughter off for her class, knowing that there was a second class after hers ended, and then "forget" to pick her up until the second class was scheduled to end. Coincidence, my foot. He was actually quite unhappy when he asked what she covered that day, and I told him what she had done in the first class, and that she had not worked but merely been kept busy with colouring in the second. I can't believe he had the nerve to complain!
After that, I spoke with a few other people in our organisation, and we ended up putting up signs which stated that there is no admittance into the classroom until, at the earliest, 5 minutes before their class is scheduled to begin, and that any children left unattended outside their class time (again, with a 5 minute grace period) will be considered abandoned and the authorities will be contacted. Parents who are running late for pick-up can always phone ahead, as many do and always have done. This is not a daycare, and we will not teach or supervise your child for free.
It's sad that we have to put up this kind of sign at all, really.