As a parent, it is nerve-wracking to send your child to daycare, whether it’s the first time your child will be away from you or it is simply a new facility. You want to be sure that your child will be in a clean and safe environment.
Because of your child’s age, you know they are at risk for climbing and falling, eating something they shouldn’t, and picking up a virus or bacteria you’d rather avoid. You need a daycare provider or facility that does everything it can to prevent dangers which could result in injuries to your child.
While it is impossible to know everything about a daycare before your child attends, there are steps you can take to be confident with your choice of facilities.
3 Tips for Ensuring Your Child’s Health and Safety at Daycare
When it is time to find your first daycare or new child care, we recommend that you:
1. Interview Potential Daycares
One of the best ways to prevent your child from suffering a daycare injury is to know that the child care provider maintains a safe environment at all times. Instead of relying on a brief tour or marketing literature, set up a time to have a thorough talk with the daycare provider.
We recommend being prepared with a list of questions and thinking carefully about their responses. You should not rely on a provider’s appearance or friendliness either.
Some important questions to ask a daycare provider include:
- What is the adult-to-child ratio?
- How do you make sure every child is accounted for at all times?
- How do you move children from one area to another?
- What are your hygiene practices?
- What are your cleaning practices?
- Where are cleaning products stored?
- What training does your staff have?
- Can I see each staff member’s CPR cards?
- What are your staff hiring procedures, and do you conduct background checks?
- How do you ensure medications are administered properly?
- Where are medications stored?
- Where are office supplies stored?
- What are your sleeping practices for infants?
- What are your food safety practices?
- How do they prevent allergic reactions?
- What is the emergency plan and how often is it practiced?
2. Look Up a Daycare’s Licensing History
The Colorado Department of Human Services keeps a record of whether a daycare has had complaints, if those complaints were determined to be valid, and if a daycare provider was sanctioned. You can utilize the Colorado Child Care Facility Search to look at prospective daycares’ histories.
If you find one with one or more complaints in its past, you may wish to look elsewhere. You should also ask about these complaints during an interview to see how the situation was handled and how the provider avoids running into the same problem again.
3. Look Up a Daycare’s Rating
Colorado Shines is a program that rates participating licensed early learning programs. Because this program is not all-encompassing, a potential daycare may not have a rating.
However, many do, and you should know what it is. Use the Colorado Shine search function online. This program also offers a question and observation worksheet, which you can utilize for your daycare interviews.
Do Not Hesitate to Contact a Denver Child Care Accident Lawyer
If your child suffered a serious injury while at daycare, and you believe it was due to the caretaker’s negligence, call a Denver personal injury attorney right away.
You can reach the Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson through an online form or call (866) 458-5008 toll-free to schedule a free consultation. Jennifer has a great deal of experience handling child injury, daycare accidents, and negligent supervision cases.