Accidents happen, it’s a fact of life, but when it happens to your child, it can be devastating.
That is why prevention is still the best cure. Being aware of the safety precautions of the daycare on your premises can help to calm your mind when it comes time to leave your child.
It is essential to ensure that some of the safety rules and precautions set out by the licensing boards are met, but there are also additional questions you may want to ask.
Nurseries are under a lot of scrutinies; McMartin’s preschool trial in the late 1980s put all parents on alert. It also brought to light that it is necessary to watch our children more closely in these environments.
Background checks on employees, surveillance cameras (hidden and non-hidden), and monitoring devices are now the modus operandi of daycare centers.
These precautions help protect the nursery and parents. But some safety items needed for the daycare center must still be checked by you, the parents, before dropping your child off at any facility.
All licenses are up to date. Current employees have been checked out with background checks. A full background check will include any past convictions for crime and misdemeanor, including DUI. It will also check the state’s record of sex offenders.
Check that this has been done for all employees who contact your child. Is there an entry sheet or other form of verification to pick up and drop off your child?
When registering your child, you will be given a sheet to fill out, which includes a list of who is allowed to take him or her from daycare. As an extra precaution, a specific keyword that only you and your child know should be put into practice.
When someone other than you or a designated individual comes to pick up your child in an emergency, he will ask for the password.
This can help to reassure your child if you are unable to speak to him. On a more physical level, take a look at the facilities.
You must ensure that all stairs and elevated surfaces are protected, equipment such as jungle gyms has the falling surface area protected, and windows are protected.
In the main rooms, especially if you are a family supplier at home, check for small spaces where a child can be trapped.
Check for tripping hazards, sharp edges on furniture, sharp or rusty splinters and nails, electrical outlets that are not covered. The same safety precautions that you take in your own home must be exercised in the installation.
The environment, in general, must be free of debris, small items that can cause choking hazards, worn carpets, or surfaces that need repair.
Security gates should be used whenever necessary, blind window cables tied or missing, lists of recovered toys should be consulted, and these toys removed.
The national study of the Consumer Product Safety Commission was carried out in 1998 and was carried out across the state in 220 licensed daycare centers.
Two-thirds of the facilities tested violated at least one risk to the security of the research. In 1997, some 31,000 children under the age of four were admitted to US hospital emergency rooms for injuries resulting from accidents in schools and child care settings.
By following only a few precautions, all parents can do their part to ensure that their child never becomes that type of statistic.