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Searching for a Safe Daycare or Camp

Steve Wagner

FOX 59 recently released a great informative article, and we wanted to follow up with it, and highlight the importance of interviewing and inspecting daycare and summer camp facilities your children may be attending.

Selecting childcare for the summer can be difficult, and we know cost is often a large factor for most families. There are a few things you can watch out for as red flags when touring childcare facilities, to make sure you are getting the most for your money, and also getting a safe and healthy environment for your child:

  • Drop by unannounced: Make a point to stop by the facility when the caretakers don’t know you’re coming. If you come in at a random time, you will be more likely to catch any negligence.
  • Check for licensing and certifications: Facilities should have their state license and CPR/First Aid certifications displayed, or at least be willing to show them to you when you ask. If they are at all hesitant, or you think they are avoiding disclosure of information, find another daycare.
  • Be thorough with the staff: It’s okay to stay and observe a classroom, or interview teachers so they know what you expect. Ask about daily activities, and what the kids will be involved in during the day. Ask about teacher-to-child ratio, and pay close attention to how involved the teachers and caretakers seem to be with the children. If they seem to be ignoring the kids, or displaying negligent behavior while you are there, chances are it will only get worse once you leave.
  • Ask about safety protocol: Safety is of utmost importance when working with children, and besides having certifications in place, a daycare or camp facility should always have safety protocol in place for drop-off and pick-up of children, as well as security for who is let in and out of the building during the days. Ask about cameras, monitoring systems, and any rules they follow to ensure the safety of your child. If you are not comfortable with the measures they have in place, find another facility.

Most importantly, follow your parental instincts. A facility may meet all of your check marks, but if you have a bad feeling about any facility, its generally better to err on the side of caution and not leave your child(ren) anywhere you are not totally comfortable with them being.

Wagner Reese wants the summer to be safe, and for children to be safe from injury, and that means equipping parents with the tools they need to select safe spaces for their children. If your child has been hurt while at daycare or summer camp, please give us a call for a free consultation at (888) 204-8440.

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