Tips for Choosing Summer Caregivers for Your Child
With only a few short months until summer and the start of school vacations, it is time for parents to consider their childcare arrangements. If you have young children, they will likely need to make the adjustment between after school supervision and a full time daycare setting. Even if they only require care during part of the day, you want to ensure they are safe. Formal childcare facilities typically have to conform to state safety standards, but accidents and personal injuries can still occur. To ensure your little ones are protected when you cannot be with them, check out the following tips.
Children’s Accidents and Injuries
Children have a tendency to be accident prone, even when they are under close supervision. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accidental injuries have the potential to be serious and even life threatening, particularly among young children. Each year, more than nine million require emergency care as the result of these types of injuries. Leading causes include:
- Slips and falls;
- Being struck by or against an object;
- Burns and fire-related injuries;
- Fatal and near fatal drownings;
- Severe cuts and lacerations;
- Car, bike, and pedestrian accidents.
To keep your children safe, particularly over the summer months when they are out of school, it is important to make sure they have the proper supervision. Children under the age of 14 should be closely supervised by an adult, while older children should have someone monitoring their activities and checking in with them regularly.
Choosing Safe Child Care
Pre-teens and adolescents may be fine in a family child care setting, where another parent or an older teenager in your neighborhood supervises their activities. In these situations, it is wise to choose someone who is certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and to make sure the appropriate precautions are taken during activities such as swimming, bike riding, or traveling in cars.
Small children are likely to require more formal day care arrangements, which must be specially licensed to operate in Florida. To help ensure you choose the right facility for your child, Parents.com offers the following tips:
- Pay attention to the staffing ratio and any online reviews left by other parents;
- Schedule a visit where you can meet the owner and all employees, even those who will not be interacting directly with your child;
- During your visit, watch how the staff handle different situations;
- Notice whether they make an attempt to engage all the children in play;
- Look at the flooring surfaces, the furniture, the types of toys provided and any fencing and security;
- Make sure there are lists of emergency numbers and procedures on hand.
Let Us Help You Today
At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III, we care about the safety of you and your family. When accidents do occur, we are here to help. Reach out and contact our Fort Pierce personal injury attorney for the professional representation you need to ensure your rights are protected.