I am 24I Have an Associate degree in Liberal arts with a concentration in Early childhood and sociology. I recently interviewed for a Associate Teacher position at a Daycare for Preschool acge 2.9 to 5. It was a mixed class. I had already done a formal interview and was there again so they could watch me play with the children and meet the lead teacher. The lead teacher was older than I and I was told she was old fashioned. I was there for about an hour and was not pleased with the way the teacher interacted and taught the children or her rules. One of the things I did not like was her block area rules... The children are not allowed to build anything above thier wastes and when the play with small light weight toy cars (not matchbox but the cheaper ones) they have to "keep them in their hands at all times and drive slowly." I found this out because i built a tunnel that was about a foot or two long and asked the children i was playing with if they could push the car through the tunnel and get it to come out the other end. As soon as the teacher saw this she came over and took it apart and put the car into the childs hand reminding him that was not allowed. After that they were driving their cars up a tall block and letting it drop down the other side but i noticed when she came near one of the boys made sure he kept it in his hand and didn't let it fall so im guessing that was not ok either. In my opinion and based on everything I have learned in school this is restricting childrens play and not good for their development. I agree children need limits and should not be flinging cars across the room or building towers and letting them fall on their friends.. but I have taught preschool and allowing them to do these things was never a big saftey issue. The teacher was not very smiley or friendly and I did not see her show affection to a child once while I was there. She insisted that they wisper durring clean up and if they were caught using there regular voices that was not ok. I can only imagine what she is like when the boss is not there.. I hope I am wrong but I am concerned. A child can learn so much from building with blocks or pushing a car things most people don't even consider... And Children today are so limited to time they have at home and chances to explore the world nowadays that daycare is so important to their development WHen they took me out of the class and asked what I thought I didn't know what to say. I took a minute and said honestly she is too strict for me.. they couldn't even push a car through a tunnel. They said they were afraid of that and asked if I wanted to try the infant room... But I'm sooo frustrated that she is even a teacher!! I needed to vent and get some opinions and deff and advice!