How can I tell if a day care center is safe?

Part of protecting your child from any harm that can come to them is to ask your daycare provider for information. This may help you prevent accidents and will give you peace of mind. You should be able to trust that the facility is safe and that no harm will come to your little one. Many of them aren't up to par, so it is up to you to interview them and check the area carefully before committing to bringing you child into the daycare center.

Taking your time in choosing the right place for your child will be well worth it. One red flag that you need to be aware of is if the director of the facility becomes difficult to contact and is cagey about her answers when you do finally get in touch with him or her. Making excuses for this person is a big no-no. Telling yourself that he or she was busy, tired, nervous or some other excuse is never a good idea. They are there to answer your questions in a straightforward manner.

One of the most important questions you can ask is what the ratio of caregiver to child is. How many kids is each employee responsible for? If the answer and the evidence don't match up, you know you shouldn't leave your child there. Some unscrupulous daycare centers will tell you one thing and do another.

How much turnover of staff does the facility have? Daycare workers are often low paid and may hop jobs if a better rate-of-pay comes their way. You can't blame them, but a high turnover rate may jeopardize the wellbeing of your child.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the careless actions of another person or company, you may want some of your questions answered. An attorney can provide the answers you need.

Source: Safer Child, "Questions to Ask at a Prospective Daycare," accessed Nov. 17, 2015

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