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Red Flags When Choosing A Daycare Facility

Steve Wagner

Last week, we offered you the first part of this series, “Guidelines for Choosing a Safe and Healthy Daycare for Your Child”. In addition to positive things to note in your search for a daycare, here are a few red flags to watch out for as well as the other points already mentioned:

  1. Is the daycare always accepting new applicants when other facilities in your area seem to be booked up?
  2. Is the facility hesitant to offer information about the background of workers or the level of experience on their staff?
  3. Is the environment dirty and unorganized? Is it the type of place you feel comfortable leaving your child?
  4. What do your instincts tell you? Are you comfortable with the caregivers? Are you comfortable with the environment? Are you comfortable with the reaction your child has to the facility?
  5. When you pick your child up at the end of the day, take note of a few things:
    • Are they in the same place you left them when you dropped them off?
    • Do they appear to be clean and well cared for?
    • Are they being engaged by the caregivers and allowed to interact with other children?
    • Have your requests for dietary needs, sleeping needs, etc. been met?
  6. Are you getting “too good of a deal” on the price for childcare? We all want to save money, but when facilities are able to offer much lower prices than their competitors, it brings up questions of qualifications and standard of care.

When choosing your daycare facility, always double check everything. It is your right. It is your child. It is their safety and wellbeing you are checking on, and you should never feel guilty or ashamed for ensuring they are protected. If a facility makes you feel inadequate for performing a thorough investigation on where your child will spend their days, it is clearly not the right facility for you.

If your child has been neglected, mistreated or injured at a daycare facility, the law offices of Wagner Reese want to stand alongside you and fight for their rights. Our children deserve the very best, and when they are mistreated, it is our responsibility to take action. Give us a call today to schedule a free child injury consultation and find out more information about how we can help you and your family recover, as well as bring justice to the childcare provider that caused the incident.


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