Larger daycare facilities do have distinct advantages. Most of the time, they have quite a large number of staff members than the smaller facilities and are able to take on quite a few children because of that. There are also oftentimes provided with a lot of facilities for the children to play and to learn, which makes them attractive to parents that have long workdays and that want to make sure that their child has a lot of different ways to stay entertained during the day. There are, however, some problems with larger facilities that have to do with staff accountability.
Bad Hiring Practices
Whenever you are using any daycare facility, you want to make sure that they exercise proper precautions in how they hire their staff. At larger facilities, it’s possible that they may be hiring quite a few people who are not the best qualified in order to accommodate the large amount of children that they have. Make sure that you ask the facility how they screen their employees and verify that even the other employees, including groundskeepers, bus drivers and others who may have some access to the children, are properly screened.
Too Many Children
The size of the facility doesn’t necessarily give you a good idea of how many children that they are able to taken on a given day. Make sure that the daycare facility has enough employees, not just space. It’s always a good idea to ask the people at the facility how many children each employee is responsible for taking care of. If you’re not comfortable with a number, look elsewhere for a daycare facility.
Simply because of the amount of children that they have, it may be harder for a large facility to keep an eye on what’s going on with their charges. Make sure that the employees at the larger facility you use are adequately supervised. There are cases where employees at larger facilities are able to get away with abusive behavior for longer simply because it gets lost in the shuffle.
If your child has been the victim of daycare abuse, consider contacting a daycare abuse lawyer to see if you can file a lawsuit to claim damages. The compensation you receive could be enough to pay for counseling and other expenses related to helping your child recover from the incident. There may be time limitations, so contacting a lawyer sooner is better than waiting.