What Have We Seen Happen At Texas Daycares?
Lately, we have been handling cases where kids at daycare have been left outside… alone…for extended periods of time. First, this should never happen. There is no excuse or explanation for leaving a child outside alone. The most important part of a teacher's duty is to make sure that they have a headcount on all the children in their care and then double-check and then triple-check.
When children are left unattended, you know that the daycare provider is lazy and negligent. Whether intentional or unintentional, kids should not be left outside alone and unsupervised while at daycare centers. This is a growing issue daily and will continue to be until we take a stand and hold these facilities accountable
Why Should Kids NEVER Be Left Outside Their Daycare?
One reason kids should not be left alone outside for an extended period of time is because of all the threats that surround them. For example, think about if the kid falls and hits his head on the pavement. He would just be left there alone with a head injury, possibly bleeding, and no one would ever know. If a child predator sees a kid alone while driving by the daycare, that child will no longer be found. The kid could be bitten by a snake, be stuck in playground equipment, have a broken bone, or any other variety of dangerous things that can happen when a kid is left outside alone without anyone knowing.
One example we have seen is where a group of students was playing on the playground. It was time to come inside to change diapers, give medications, and wait for parent pickup. The group was brought in and put in their classroom. When the parents came to get their kids, one wasn't found. The daycare did not know where the other kid was. Turns out, the kid was left outside for over an hour. Think about all of the things that could have happened and did happen to that kid here?
Another reason kids should not be left unattended and alone outside is because of their missed diaper changes and medication updates. If a daycare forgets a kid, that is one thing. However, not changing diapers or providing them medication that they are required to have is potentially life-threatening. There are serious repercussions that happen when kids are being left outside without any supervision at all.
What Can Be Done To Prevent Daycare Centers From Leaving Kids Outside?
Every daycare center must have a system in place to supervise all kids at all times. The system must be written down. Employees must be trained on it, and employers must supervise the employees and enforce the system to be done the same way every time. Extensive training in this area should have already been done and this should be the number one rule of all facilities, to double and even triple check to make sure that all kids are accounted for.
Some of the procedures that must be in the system are:
- A written checklist of names for the roster that day to account for each kid at all moments of the day.
- A second employee verifying that all kids have been accounted for at each transition: inside, outside, meals, diaper changes, and feeding times.
- Qualified employees that are trained to count and watch kids and care about them all day long.
- A smaller child to teacher ratio. Just because the State of Texas minimum standards states that daycares can have a certain amount of kids per teacher does not mean the daycare has to keep the maximum amount of kids per teacher all day every day. That is asking for trouble.
Want To Learn More About What To Do When Your Child Was Injured At A Dallas Daycare?
If you or a loved one has been left outside or injured by a Texas daycare facility, reach out to us at 214-669-4409. Our highly trained team is ready to handle all your needs and answer any questions you may have. When your child is hurt, the last thing you want to do is deal with the legal side. Let us guide you through that process so you can focus on your child’s medical treatment and your family