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.
Whether intentional or unintentional, kids should not be left outside alone and unsupervised while at daycare centers.
Why Should Kids Not Be Left Alone Outside?
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 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. Employers must supervise the employees and enforce the system to be done the same way every time.
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 a daycare 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 214-888-2216. 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