In the United States, about 23.4% of children under the age of five receive childcare from someone other than a parent. Because most parents work outside the home, parents leave their children under the care and supervision of daycare centers. Amidst the various bad news on child fatalities in daycare facilities, one might end up asking, who’s really minding the children?
What are some of the common causes we see in Dallas daycare negligence cases?
Injuries to children at daycare centers are usually caused by the following:
- lack of proper supervision;
- incompetent childcare staff;
- few childcare staff to child ratio;
- staff lacking first aid skills;
- playground accidents;
- hazardous or unsafe facilities;
- injuries from defective or toxic toys; and
- injuries caused by other children.
Daycare centers and their employees are held to a certain reasonable level of care. When they fail to maintain such standard of care, they are acting negligently, and they can be legally accountable for such negligence.
In Texas, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) designed the Minimum Standards for Child-Care Centers. Daycare centers are required to follow at least these “minimum standards” in order to mitigate risks for children and to establish a safe setting that is conducive to children’s learning, health, and well-being. These childcare minimum standards set staff-child rations and training requirements for childcare facilities. Research shows that appropriate ratios and group sizes are critical in promoting optimum child development.
Here is what to look out for before sending your kids to a Dallas daycare
If you send your children to daycare or if someone you care about plans to do so, make sure the facility implements adequate safety trainings and protocols for children. Inspect the daycare facility and review its policies to ensure it meets all appropriate safety guidelines. Specifically, a daycare center should maintain the following:
- appropriate child to caregiver ratio;
- storage and safety precautions for chemicals, cleaners, medications, and small objects that can be swallowed;
- properly maintained building and grounds area; and
- properly following all mandated state childcare laws.
Even better, make sure to ask about their conscious efforts in observing and even in exceeding the prescribed “minimum standards” for daycare centers.
Want To Learn More About What To Do When Your Child Was Injured At A Dallas Daycare?
If you or a loved one has had a child that was injured or killed as a result of negligence by a Dallas daycare facility, reach out to us at 214-888-2216. Our daycare negligence 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.