Young children are notorious for wandering. And they may do it for a number of reasons: some may just be curious about their surroundings. Others, they might be trying to test boundaries or express their anger. Sometimes it's just an accident. Kids being kids.
Regardless of why it happens, it's important for the adult who's caring for the child to stop it from happening. If a child is unsupervised, they can fall, they can get lost, abducted. We've even seen them where they wander around the playground and they fall off the equipment, or even drowning if there's a pool nearby or water. We've even seen cases of children wandering from a daycare onto a busy road. In some of these cases, a Good Samaritan sees the child, stops their car, and takes them back to the daycare.
But that's not always the case. And parents shouldn't have to rely on the kindness of strangers to keep their child safe. That's what they pay and trust the daycare to do. Now, you may be wondering what steps can daycares take to prevent this from happening? Well, the state of Texas has rules that daycares must follow.
A safe daycare should have:
- adequate supervision
- enough licensed and trained staff who follow the safety rules
- locks and alarms on the doors and windows
If your child wandered away from their daycare, it's important that you take action. This is serious neglect on the daycare's behalf. Don't be afraid. Just pick up the phone, reach out to us. We're here to help you in any way we can.