It is important daycare centers receive good inspection reports. Many parents depend on these reports when making the decision to enroll their child into a daycare. With the recent news headlines on daycare abuse, parents are more inclined into scrutinizing these reports. In the state of Texas, the Department of Family and Protective Services constantly inspects and follows up with daycares throughout the state. They have resources to check most daycares in Texas to ensure your child’s daycare isn’t a prime suspect for daycare neglect.
What Areas of a Daycare Do Inspectors Check?
Daycare inspectors are highly trained to catch things even the most careful parent may miss. At Early Childhood Focus, there is a blow-by-blow account of what daycares can expect while going through inspection. Most inspectors start by checking safety hazards outside the daycare including checking doors for childproof features. According to the Texas Administrative Code, the average inspector checks the following:
- The overall cleanliness of the daycare
- All unused electrical outlets must be covered
- Stairs and ramps must meet state requirements
- There must be adequate first aid kits with everything needed to treat most cuts and injuries
- The daycare must have evacuation plans prominently posted and recent fire safety drill records handy
- The staff must also be properly trained in all fire safety codes
- The staff-to-children ratio must meet the state minimum
- Daycare immunization records of all present children
Rasansky Law firm is committed to being an advocate for parents with children attending daycare. If you feel that your child suffered injuries or death due to daycare abuse or neglect, don’t hesitate to fill out our free case evaluation form. Our team will gladly review the facts of your situation.