Fairbanks, Alaska (PRWEB) December 08, 2011
Earlier this fall, an unlicensed childcare worker in Lincoln, Nebraska was charged with criminal child neglect, only one of many recent childcare and daycare employees to come under such scrutiny. These continued problems with childcare institutions have left many parents concerned, but one attorney and legal blogger has offered a series of practical steps parents can take to minimize the chances of placing their kids in an unsuitable facility. Stuart Richards, a Fairbanks attorney who also has his own blog, specializing in daycare abuse issues, suggests that basic vigilance and a little research can help parents make more informed and ultimately safer decisions. “Choosing a childcare provider is one of the most important choices a parent ever makes,” notes Richards. “That’s why putting the appropriate amount of work in is so vital.”
According to Richards, parents have a great deal of power with which to investigate a childcare service’s history and its true values. Doing this kind of work on the front end can ultimately minimize the risk of trouble down the road.
Richards says avoiding problematic or abusive daycares is a matter of putting in some background research. His five tips follow suit.
1. Pursue all possible avenues of research: Do not only conduct online searches, but also ask family and friends for referrals or recommendations.
2. Call the manger and inquire about general policies and practices: If possible, visit the facilities in person.
3. Interview other parents who use, or have used, a particular facility in the past: Ask why they find it to be either acceptable or not.
4. Take your child to the facility and watch how he or she interacts with other kids: If your child gives the impression that something is “off,” trust that instinct and keep looking.
5. Ensure that the childcare facility you are considering is licensed: Also make certain that it is well-staffed and that the facilities are clean.
Richards says there is no such thing as being too thorough when investigating a childcare facility. Doing the proper research in advance is ultimately what keeps parents from unwelcome surprises.
Stuart Richards is an attorney who specializes in daycare abuse cases, and also blogs about legal matters. He is a native of Fairbanks, Alaska.