Perhaps one of the most important things you can do when you own and operate a daycare is to childproof your business. Accidents happen and children are especially danger prone. Making sure you take the necessary precautions to ensure safety will not only give you peace of mind, but will protect your children, and improve the premiums of your daycare insurance.
In Case of an Emergency
You should always have a plan of action in case of an emergency! There are a few essential “in case of” things you should always equip yourself with.
- Foremost, you should always keep a first aid kit on hand. Scrapes, scratches and bruises are going to happen, they may even be a daily occurrence, but cam make all the difference if a slightly more serious accident occurs.
- You should always keep on file the allergies and medical conditions of the kids, as well as their emergency contacts. Keep these documents somewhere secure but a place that is also easily accessible.
- Finally, you should have a fire/natural disaster escape plan. Keep these posted around your daycare, like on the back of doors, anywhere you can easily find and read them.
Are there places that your kids shouldn’t be going? Is there a staircase or another area in your business that poses a threat to the children’s safety? You must make sure that every area that might pose harm is properly protected with safety locks, gates or any other needed methods. Here are some of the most common areas that will need to be addressed:
- Poisons and Pesticides
- Certain Plants
- Electrical outlets and cords
- Certain Toys
- Fire and Carbon Monoxide
There are a few other important things to take into consideration, such as yard safety. If you have an in-home daycare your back yard will need to be fenced in. Also, if you have a pool, it too must have the proper protective fencing around it. Daycares with playground equipment (commercial and in-home) will need to have the proper protective surfaces underneath, like rubber or mulch, to make for a softer landing.
It is also important to establish policies with the parents of your children, such as guardian procedures when picking up and dropping off kids. You will want to consider using IDs and a sign in sheet to keep a record of everyone coming in and out of your daycare. When it comes to the safety of your kids, no precautionary measures are too extreme.