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A few child safety issues surrounding childcare have been in the news recently — unsafe transportation practices at daycares and day camps, and children dying in hot cars after parents thought they’d dropped them off at daycare, for example — so we thought it would be a good time to have a discussion about safety policies at daycares. (Procedures and drills for potential active-shooter situations may be a topic for another day.) What safety policies does your child’s daycare have? Have you ever thought any policies were too strict — or not strict enough?
This observation is specifically about summer camp, but it can apply to daycare as well: I’ve been surprised at the differing policies for drop-off and pickup at various programs my son has attended. At a couple of them, staff have never asked me for my ID, while others require it (until the staff start recognizing you). When I mentioned this to Kat, she said she believes this is the first year she’s been asked for ID. The probability of a stranger coming to a summer camp to abduct a random child is low, but the more common situation of family abduction is a possibility that camps should take seriously.
In addition to requiring an ID to pick up a child, here are a few safety measures that many daycare facilities take:
- Calling parents, whether personally or using an automated system, when a child has not been dropped off by a certain time of day (to prevent children from accidentally being left in hot cars, and so on)
- Monitoring the facility with security cameras
- Keeping external doors locked at all times
- Enabling parents to watch their children via webcam (perhaps more for peace of mind than safety)
What safety policies does your child’s daycare have? Are you satisfied with them? How much do you worry about your child’s safety in childcare?
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