After reading Ey Wade’s book, The Perfect Solution a book about a childhood abduction that took place at a daycare center after his mom dropped him for for the day. I wanted to share with my readers some safety tips that I felt every parent should consider when choosing a daycare provider for your child. As a parent, you turn your child over to their caregiver each day as you go off to work. Do you feel safe leaving your child with the daycare that you are currently using?
Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.
As a mom, I always tried to make sure that my kids were safe and it never occurred to me that kids could be potentially abducted from daycare or at school. In fact, I have noticed that my older children’s school are paying attention and creating a safe environment at school (some schools and daycares are better at this than others). Before you choose a daycare for you child, you should make sure that they have a policy in place to make sure your child is safe. For example, does the daycare or school have the following:
- Locked doors – There should be one or two main entrances to the school or daycare for visitors and guests to enter into. The door can be locked using a code so that parents can get in and out to get their children. The code should be changed on a regular basis to prevent other’s from knowing it.
- Door Bell or Intercom – If the daycare or school keeps their doors locked, the door bell or intercom system will allow a visitor to alert someone in the office that they are there.
- Visitor Sign in Sheet– Log all of the visitors who come in and out of the building, including volunteers.
- Have Name Tags for Teachers – Teachers should wear name tags so that parents can easily recognize that they are on the staff. All staff should have a back ground check on file and should be trained in CPR.
- Sign Out Sheet for Other People Picking Up Your Child – If you know that someone else is going to pick up your child on a given day, you should send a note and call the daycare to alert the office manager. This will allow you to personally give the daycare permission for your child to go home with someone else. It not only protects your child but it also protects the staff and daycare owner.
- Cameras – Check to see if the center has cameras installed. If they do, make sure that someone actively monitors the cameras throughout the day. Be sure to ask if the daycare center has access so that you can log into your child’s classroom randomly to check on your child.
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What do you look for when you are searching for a daycare provider for your family?