You work full time, so the easiest way for you to make sure your child is safe and happy is to use a day care center. It's easy to drop the child off on the way to work and pick him or her back up on the way home.
But is your child really safe and happy? It's important to do your research and consider everything carefully. Below are seven common safety issues in day care centers that could lead to injuries or even death.
- Not enough supervision. Adults either do not pay enough attention or there are not enough adults on staff to watch all of the kids.
- Not enough training. It's just assumed that the staff can care for kids with very little experience.
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS. Some reports indicate that this is actually growing more common in child care facilities, even though it's been trending down in homes.
- Medication mistakes. Kids aren't given medicine on time, are given the wrong amount or the medications needed by two children are accidentally switched.
- Recalled products. The center may have bought dressers or cribs that were then recalled, for instance, exposing the kids to constant danger if the owner doesn't replace them.
- Toxic substances. Cleaning products aren't locked up, for example, or there is lead paint on the walls.
- No plans for an emergency. What happens if there is a fire or a child is injured? If the care providers aren't sure when there is not an active emergency, it could spell disaster if one happens.
Now, day care can be safe and useful. It's just important to understand the risks, research the facility and know your legal rights if your child gets hurt.
Source: Care, "10 Day Care Safety Issues," Ilene Jacobs, accessed Dec. 07, 2017