When parents put their children in your daycare, they trust that you are responsible and diligent with respect to their safety. They expect when they collect their children in the afternoon they will be unscathed and unharmed. There are some things which you cannot legislate for of course, such as the child getting sick, but you have a responsibility in other areas. Here are some important safety tips for daycare.
Furniture and Fittings
You’ll obviously have to purchase some child-proof furniture for your premises, so avoid chairs or stools with sharp or potentially dangerous corners or joints. They should be able to get up and down from them without fear of injuring themselves.
When you are choosing flooring, there are many options, but they all tend to have positive and negative aspects. For instance, it’s advised to get carpet, because they are generally “non-slippery” and they are softer to play on. However, they also attract dust and dirt, which isn’t in the best interests of the child. If you have hardwood floors, then you can place some non-slippery rugs in play areas.
Children love to climb and explore; they’re naturally curious about everything. If they see something they like high up and they recognise a method to reach it, then they’ll start climbing. If you have shelves, make sure they are out of reach of children and that they are secure against the wall.
Emergency Safety Plan
You’ll need to create or devise an emergency safety plan. While this may be seen as a negative procedure, it’s imperative that there’s a plan in place should the unforeseen happen. There are some things which you cannot predict, such as a fire or a natural disaster, and you must avoid a tragedy at all costs. Parents will expect you to have one prepared and will want to see it.
You must be sure that everyone employed by your business has the proper training and has a clean reputation for managing children. You must also be vigilant about strangers hanging around the premises, or coming to collect children. It’s best the parent communicates to you unequivocally those who are allowed to collect their children. Don’t under any circumstances allow anyone else to collect these children, unless you get prior notification from the parent.
These are some important safety tips when you are starting a child day care business and they should be indelibly inked into your memory. For one, it’s the most important factor for parents when choosing a daycare centre. Let’s hope these safety tips for a daycare centre were helpful and good luck with the venture.