Who is the Daycare Director, and What Does the Law in Texas Require of Them?

The Texas minimum standards on childcare define the director as the adult designated by the company to be on-site and have responsibility for the daycare, including maintaining compliance with all of the other laws and standards set out by the state.

To put it simply, the daycare director is the captain of the ship, hired and designated by the owner, to keep kids safe.

According to the law, the director must ensure:

The daycare – and all of its employees - operatee in compliance with the minimum standards. They must ensure the employees are qualified to care for children and trained on how to do their job.

  • This means it is the director who must make sure that all employees pass background checks and meet the minimum requirements for age, education, and experience to work at a daycare. Check out our past videos to learn what those bare minimum requirements are.

The director is also responsible for making sure that all of the other employees are properly supervised.

  • Supervision means that the director knows what employees are doing, how they are doing it, and that they are doing their job in a way that keeps kids safe.

Most importantly, the director is responsible for ensuring the overall safety of the children at the daycare

  • this includes things like properly documenting allergies that children have, tracking medications children may need throughout the day, making sure bottle warmers are properly stored and out of reach, and that the building itself is safe. For example, the doors are locked, and there is a controlled access point.
  • Additionally, daycare directors must regularly inspect classrooms and ensure caregivers are continuing to provide a safe, nurturing environment for children to succeed.

If a daycare director fails to properly manage a daycare and its employees – children are the ones that ultimately pay the price. Poor management by a director can result in serious injuries or even death because of abuse and neglect.  

It’s important that daycare directors continue to meet requirements that are expected of them by the State of Texas. Good daycare directors should be going above and beyond to make sure the kids are safe and thriving.

If you have questions about what to look for in a daycare, how to spot the red flags of poor daycare management, or your child has been injured as a result of a poorly managed operation, it is important you get answers quickly. Contact our daycare injury attorneys at The Button Law Firm for help. We offer free information and resources to parents like you so you can make the best decisions for your child and family.  

Russell Button
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Dallas, Houston, and Midland Texas trial and personal injury lawyer dedicated to securing justice for clients.