I personally witnessed a daycare employee abusing my child as well of his 16 mo. old classmates. When you look at the front of La Petite Smyrna, at the very left of the building there is a window to a classroom. I saw the teacher mopping. As I observed, I became disturbed with how she continued to corrall the kids, huddled, in one small area of the room on the carpet so she could clean. She became angrier and angrier with my son who, obviously did not understand that he was suppose to stay on the carpet. She was gritting her teeth as she yanked them by the upper arm back over the the carpet. It was obvious that she was grabbing them pretty hard bc they looked pretty upset. She pushed my son back to the carpet more than once-all the while making angry faces. This continued for several minutes when my young toddler son got off the carpet again to bring her a block. She snatched it out of his hands and threw it across the room then shoved him hard on the back again. I went in, got my son and immediately spoke to the director. The ?teacher? was put on leave for a week and was allowed to come back on a ?safety plan? which meant that she could be there with the children but had to be with another adult at all times. Really!? I asked the director, if you have an adult working with small children that has to be with another adult at all times, doesn?t that tell you that they don?t belong? They tried to smooth it over with their little ?safety plan.? Upon seeing that they allowed the teacher back my husband and I asked Michelle Jones, the director how the situation would be in reverse. ?If you saw a parent abuse one of your employees, having inappropriate physical contact, would that parent be allowed back in this facility?? She stated ?no.? I then went on to point out the obvious ?Well then why in the world is this person who abused my helpless child allowed back in this building? To get a second chance at him?? She tried to quickly usher us out the door so that the other parents would not hear. Not only did this lead us to the sad realization that we had to leave because any daycare that allows a teacher to abuse the children with only a slap on the wrist (a week of leave) obviously 1) does not take this very seriously and 2) are not putting the children first, but the La Petite situation also put us in a scramble to find a new daycare immediately. I am sure that when they see this review, La Petite will again solicit current parents to write reviews refuting this information & give the ole ?disgruntled ex-employee? explanation. If you would like to check into the validity of this review, just call the Smyrna Police department regarding my assault report on the La Petite employee. It happened in January 2011. The director, Michelle, is very good at what she does-as far as selling her daycare. She will tell you anything to your face & acts another way behind your back. She obviously is concerned with nothing more than the bottom line ($$$) for her corporate daycare than she is with the welfare of our most precious asset: our children!! Shame on La Petite! For the record, my son has been at his new daycare for several weeks now. He has come home with not ONE accident report or bruise on his body. Its amazing that with La Petite, we thought that bruises on his head and scratches on his arm were just a normal expectation of daycare!! Good luck to you La Petite. You can take your corporate daycare, your excuses of ?it was not our decision,? blaming the choice to let this employee back on your higher ups and stick it! I have taken my son to a daycare that looks at him as a person, one that is more than a number in your corporate quota mill, someone who however small he is still deserves respect. I am truly disgusted with this daycare!