The Safety of Your Children is in Your Hands

by admin on April 26, 2009

Parents want what’s only best for their kids. They want them to be always safe and in good hands. Unfortunately, as much as they want to look after them all the time, they have to earn money and work. Thus, they resort to child care facilities to take care of their child. Because of this, parents have to make extra effort to make sure that their children are safe.

There are a number ways to make sure that your child is getting the best that he deserves without you around. In choosing a daycare center for your child, you have to take the extra effort to assure their safety. Question the daycare facility with regards to their policies and procedures that should comply with the safety of your children at all times. Make sure that the child care facility is legal and has an up to date license approved by the government.

The McMartin preschool trial in the late ‘80s has caught much attention and scrutiny when it comes to child care. It even added more awareness to the parents with what they should check prior to choosing a daycare center. Additional information and techniques such as employee’s background, surveillance cameras, and monitoring devices has helped a lot in the assurance of the safety of the children. But still there are simple ways that you must not overlook that will help you feel assured with the safety of your child.

Check all the records of the employees such as records for past felony and misdemeanour records, including DUI, and state’s Sex Offender Registry. Make sure that proper documents are signed when picking up and dropping off your child and a list of persons who are allowed to fetch your child. You can even incorporate a special code word that you and your child only know so he/she won’t go with people who doesn’t know the code.

The facility and the area of the child care center shall also be checked for safety guidelines needed. All elevated surfaces such as stairs should all be guarded. The floor should be cushioned and not too hard in case of accidents. Make sure that there are tripping hazards, sharp corners, splinters, rusty nails, electrical outlets, choking hazards and other stuff that may cause accidents or harm to your child.

A national study was done state-wide by the Consumer Products Safety Commission in 1998 in 220 licensed child care facilities. Among the 220 child care facilities, two thirds were found to have violated at least one safety hazard. There was also an incident in1997 where in almost 31,000 children were rushed to the hospital in the United States due to injuries caused by accidents at schools and child care environments.

Thus, there are really a lot of possible things that can cause harm to your children. As parents, it is your responsibility to exert all the efforts in order to make sure that your child grows safe and healthy.

See: How to start a daycare business

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