Many gyms across the country are offering childcare as an add-on service. It can be great for parents that are struggling to find the time to exercise. But how do we make sure that these gym daycares are held to the same safety standards that regular daycares are? And if something happens, how do we hold them responsible?
Gym daycares operate a little differently than standard daycare. They are not subjected to the same regulations, meaning they're not governed by and don't have to follow the state of Texas laws regarding child care. However, that doesn't mean that they're off the hook and allowed to endanger kids and get away with it. Even though they're not held to the same regulations as standard daycares, gym daycares are still responsible for keeping your child safe, and can be held accountable if your child is injured.
Gym daycares still need to hire qualified employees who are going to:
- follow reasonable ratios of children to caregivers
- use appropriate discipline methods that are not abusive
- watch children without distraction
- know age-appropriate activities for the children under their care
If you or someone you know has had a child who has been injured at a gym daycare:
- Make sure to report it to the daycare and the gym to make sure it gets properly documented.
- Make sure to take your child for immediate medical attention, whether that's your pediatrician or the emergency room, depending on the severity of the injuries.
- You need to make sure that you take photographs of visible injuries and the area where your child was injured at the daycare. We have to have that evidence preserved in case there's a claim in the future.
If your child sustains a serious injury as a result of neglect or abuse at a gym daycare, you may need to speak to an attorney. To speak to one of our team members, give us a call or visit our website and fill out a contact us form. We're here to guide you and your family through this tough time.