It is every parent’s job to protect and provide for their children. Children are precious life and must be well taken care of in order to grow into our next engineers, lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, etc. As parents, to provide for your children, you must work, which means entrusting your children in the hands of others. For children who are not school-aged, daycares are the usual option for most parents.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Daycare for your Child
There are several things to consider when choosing the best daycare in Houston for your child.
Let’s face it, no matter how many “five-star reviews” a place has, the reviews are not always as they seem. Therefore, it is always important to visit the daycare before enrolling your child to stay with them. Doing more than one visit at unplanned times is recommended. During this visit look at the surrounding environment. Check to see if there’s clutter, stains, pests, trash.
Also, look to see how the children and daycare teachers interact and engage with one another. Lastly, check to ensure that the teacher to child ratio is upheld. You can check the American Academy of Pediatrics to see what these exact numbers are before your visit.
While visiting and researching different daycare facilities, be sure to look at the policies each center has in regard to education, nutrition, discipline, etc. Some questions to have in mind while researching can include “are the teachers CPR certified,” “are the daycare workers educated in child development or just volunteers,” and “what is the employee turnover rate?”
3. Frequent Injuries
Usually, the Texas Child Care Licensing agency will investigate any serious injuries that happen at a daycare center. However, these visits only look for rule violations, so unless that is present most daycares receive a fine and go about their business.
With this in mind, ask about any injuries that have happened on the premises. Whether minor or serious, an injury to a child is an injury that you need to know about. At the end of the day, you are paying to entrust your child in the hands of other people. You want to make sure those hands are clean and free from injury.
4. Your Gut Feeling
Above all, if something doesn’t feel right while touring, trust your gut. Even if, on the surface, things seem fine, as a parent you have a good instinct when something is wrong. If you want to disregard your gut, then at least take the time to update yourself on child safety standers, licensing information, and any governmental policies at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
If your child has been injured while at daycare, it is important that you contact a personal injury attorney in Houston who is experienced with these types of cases. Call (713) 524-8139 or go online to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer at Pusch & Nguyen Law Firm. Receive a free consultation to see what your legal options really are.