Daycare negligence poses just as much of a risk to children as does any form of outright abuse. Children who are not supervised properly can become injured, ill or end up in situations where they start bullying and hurting one another because of lack of guidance. A situation where negligence is at issue is, in some ways, a bit harder to handle than outright abuse scenarios. Negligence on the part of the daycare facility won’t necessarily leave marks, physical or psychological, but it may end up putting children in situations that are downright dangerous to their life and limb.
In a proper daycare, the staff provides guidance, some education, and structure for the children. In the best daycares, they also provide a sense of friendship that helps the children adjust to being away from their home and parents for an extended amount of time. There are some scenarios, however, where daycare neglect is the norm and where children receive none of these benefits. This means that they may well be in a miserable situation for most of the day and, at some point, they may end up hurting themselves or someone else because no one’s there to provide them with adult supervision.
If you suspect that neglect, or daycare child abuse, is going on, talk to other parents. If you have this impression, it may well be the case that other parents do, as well, and that you may have something to share with one another. You may also want to stop by the daycare early on a random day to see what the situation is when you’re not expected to show up. Talk to your child, as well. They should have no hesitation about telling you all about what they do in a day and, if they do hesitate, it may be a bad sign.
If your child has been injured because of daycare negligence, you may want to consider contacting an attorney. There is sometimes a statute of limitations on the time that you have to file such a case, so it’s better to do so sooner rather than later. An attorney may be able to help you get financial compensation for any pain, suffering or actual injury you or your child have suffered as the result of a daycare being negligent about their duties. Some attorneys work on contingency, meaning you don’t pay them unless they win your claim.