Should I be concerned about dropping my child off at day care? What are the risks?
When you trust a daycare, nanny, or babysitter to take care of your child while you’re away, you expect certain safety protocols to be met. Unfortunately, some caregivers have been known to not only neglect their charges but place the children they’re supposed to look after in direct danger.
Common daycare risks include:
Unhealthy environments. Before enrolling your child in a daycare, make sure you’re well aware of their illness policies. Are all enrolled children required to be vaccinated? Are there safety protocols in place for when children get sick? Are all children placed in the same area, or are younger children and babies separated? How many children are assigned to one caregiver? As a parent entrusting their child to another, you have the right to ask as many questions as you feel necessary to ensure the health of your child.
Unsafe environments. Look around a potential daycare facility for red flags that may put your child in danger. For example, do they promote good hygiene? Do the caregivers wash their hands frequently? Does the facility properly label specialty foods, bottles, and allergens for each child? Is the staff allowed to smoke during caregiving hours? Is the daycare properly child-proofed? How do staff members use blankets and with newborns while they sleep? Are there emergency safety protocols in place? Are caregivers trained in CPR and emergency first-aid? All of these questions and observations are essential to ensure your child’s safety.
Unregulated environments. Washington has strict regulations when it comes to child care. Any individual, company, or agency that provides care to children needs to be licensed under state law. To secure a license, the state requires extensive information from the proprietor, including social security numbers, daycare layout, and educational records, as well as verification of safety and health procedures. A full list of requirements can be found here. Before enrolling your child, make sure the daycare can provide proof of licensing. If you observe neglect or abuse on site, or if your child confides in you that he or a friend is constantly neglected, talk to the provider immediately about your concerns. If they fail to address the issue, you can file a complaint directly with the licensing agency, as well as file an endangerment claim against the daycare.
Filing a Claim
If you believe that your child’s daycare has directly put your child in harm’s way or caused him harm, you may have cause for an injury lawsuit. Contact our office today to schedule your FREE consultation. We’ll be happy to discuss your claim and help you determine if your concerns are enough to pursue a claim. Call us today at 1.800.636.3676 to get the support and advice your family needs.