Putting Your Trust In Daycare Teachers Is Not Easy
We all know that putting your trust in others is not always the easiest thing to do. Although it is not an easy transitions, we have to train ourselves to put our trust in employees/co workers at the work place. Many parents are faced the a really tough decision, Daycare. Having to come to grips with the decision to send your pride and joy to daycare center is hard and emotional. Parents are forced to put their trust in the daycare center so that they can make ends meet at home. This is where daycare has become essential in our lives. We want the teachers at the daycare centers to be a reflection of us parents by showing the proper care and love that we take with our very own. Unfortunately, daycare centers fail all across the world, and do not live up to the expectations or level of professionalism that they are required of.
All parents are trusting that whomever they decide to choose, to have the honor to receive business, is going to provide a safe environment and hire qualified employees to watch over their children. Unfortunately, there are several daycare facilities that do not supervise the kids or their employees. This results in serious injuries to children and even death.
What Can Happen When The Daycare Facilities Does Not Provide Adequate Supervision?
Many serious injuries can happen when kids are left alone for long periods of time. We have seen serious burns when near kitchen equipment that was not blocked off. We have seen broken bones and surgeries to fix them as a result of the playing area being inadequate for that age range of the child or rough housing not being stopped in time. Brain injuries are a frequent result of children jumping from playgrounds not properly secured off, or hard objects being thrown at other kids. We also see brain damage and even deaths as a result of suffocation from objects that choke or prevent airflow to the child.
It is not just about watching the children, but the supervision of the age levels and types of toys those kids are playing with. For example, the toys provided need to match the age group of kids. There is no need to give a metal baseball bat to a group of 4-7 year olds. One accidental hit to the head of a child from another thinking its funny, could leave them with brain damaged for the rest of their life.
One of the most prevalent injuries that we see on the news but rarely gets discussed by parents is sexual abuse. The employees that have a history of sexual abuse involving minors, or sexual abuse period, being hired at a daycare facility is a red flag. This shows that they take their hiring process as a joke.
Supervision Of The Hiring Process of Daycare Teachers
Proper supervision starts at the hiring process. Does the daycare facility have a team of caring and trained employees that are all about kids OR is it a team of underpaid, unqualified temporary workers that just need a job? The employees that are hired at a daycare facility must be screened and receive a background check. Is the daycare that you sending your kids to doing that?
As mentioned above, daycare facilities must check to see whether a particular applicant is a prior offender of any sex crimes, abuse crimes, violent crimes, or any crimes at all. They need to check to see if a potential applicant has a history of violent outbursts or prior complaints that would indicate any violence or abuse to a minor. It can even involve a history of abuse to animals. You want to ensure that each applicant is thoroughly investigated prior to being hired.
In Texas, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services provides information about how employees at daycare facilities are screened. Parents can look at this and make a list of questions to ask a prospective facility. Note: if you ever notice a red flag, please report it so that the governmental authorities can make a note of it and others can find this information out prior to sending their kids there.
In our FREE parent guide, 11 Steps To Help Parents Choose A Safe Daycare, we share more thoughts on what a qualified employee is and the questions to ask to ensure your child will properly be taken care of.
Supervision Of Incidents At A Daycare Facility
You need to know how the facility handles incidents that happen. Do they report them to the state agencies? Do they keep an internal file with them? How are they investigated? How are they handled? Do they re-train their employees? Are there any zero tolerance violations? How many violations have they had? How many have resulted in injuries to kids?
These are the questions that parents ask me when I am looking at a case. These are the questions we search to find answers to. However, they need to be the questions the facility is keeping answers to. Many daycare facilities don't track these things and many parents never think to ask or look into.
Supervision Of Equipment Maintenance At A Daycare
When a daycare facility is providing a playground or play area of any type, you want to make sure that they are properly maintaining the equipment. For example, if a cover on a screw head has come off, a kid that falls on that can have a serious injury. That injury could have been prevented had the screw head had a plastic cover on it.
Are the bolts that are holding the slide up tight and solid? If not, any child can be on that slide when it breaks and collapses. Is that the fault of a child for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or the daycare facility for inadequately maintaining their own equipment? You decide.
How Frequent Does Daycare Abuse Happen?
The United States Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 5,321 daycare providers were perpetrators of abuse or neglect. There are many safe and responsible facilities around the United States, but there are still many bad apples out there hurting kids on a daily basis.
What Can Be Done About Daycare Negligence and Abuse?
If you see abuse or neglect, report it to the state agencies. If you need to know where to turn or how to report it, reach out to us. We will assist you in making the reports. You can also check out our guide for parents which we explain our Lessons Learned About Making Incident Reports.
More importantly, if your child has been abused, neglected, or injured at a daycare facility and you suspect any wrongdoing, do not let it slide. You must hold them accountable for their action or inaction. Too often folks give them a pass. We all know what happens when conduct is rewarded... It is repeated.
A lawsuit is not always the right answer. You can ask numerous clients I have consulted and they will tell you that I say a lawsuit is not the right answer to this issue. However, I am a firm believer in accountability and bringing awareness to a problem that is a safety hazard. I want to help you join in the fight to make daycare facilities safe and trusted again. We want to make it right for what happened to your little one, but also to prevent it from happening again to someone else because next time the injury may be worse.
If your child was injured while at daycare, give us a call at 214-888-2216 or fill out our Contact Us page. We work all over Texas taking on daycare facilities that have hurt my clients' children. Together we can make a difference. If you don't feel that you are ready to speak with an attorney but still want more information on child injuries obtained at daycare, please download our FREE consumer guide written for parents: A Five Step Guide For Parents Dealing With A Daycare Injury.