When parents drop their children off at daycare, they do so under the assumption that their kids will be cared for and protected. Many daycares are wonderful places that employee outstanding childcare professionals. However, the world is also sadly home to some daycares that are grossly unfit for children.
To ensure that your kids don’t end up the victim of a bad daycare, here’s how to tell if your kids’ daycare is unsafe.
They Don’t Communicate
At any reputable daycare, employees will give parents information about how their children’s day was when they go to pick them up at the end of the day. This information will include details about naps, food consumption and their behavior. If a daycare provides you little to no information about how your child’s day was, it could be a sign that they don’t pay attention to your child very closely.
Your Child Has Injuries
Bumps and scrapes are a fact of life for little ones. However, bruises and cuts aren’t. If your child is injured at daycare, the employees should inform you as to what transpired and how the child was injured. If your child is coming home each day with bruises or cuts and the daycare isn’t providing you with an explanation as to how these injuries occurred, it might be time to immediately remove your child from the facility and call a personal injury lawyer. Believe your child if they tell you something happened or if they are afraid to go to school.
The Facilities Aren’t Up to Par
A daycare might become a tad smelly or messy over the course of a busy day. However, if the facilities are constantly filthy, it could be a sign that the staff isn’t doing everything in their power to create a clean and hygienic environment for the children in their care.
A Revolving Door of Employees
A daycare is a business like any other and it’s normal for employees to occasionally quit. However, if it seems like staff turnover is unusually high, it could be because staff members are constantly frustrated by bad managers and subpar policies. Children find comfort in seeing the same faces each day, so it’s important that you find a daycare with a low rate of staff turnover.
Always be vigilant when it comes to the health and safety of your children. If you have a hunch that something might be amiss, don’t be afraid to investigate or to move your kids to a new daycare.