Pursuant to Chapter 65, Rule 65C-22.004 Health Related Requirements, Florida Day Care Centers are required to keep certain information on site, visible and easily accessible. Florida Day Care Centers are required to post emergency telephone numbers (including ambulance, fire, police, poison control center, Florida Abuse Hotline) and the address of and directions to the center facility on or near all telephones at the facility. This information should be as necessary to provide quality care and protect the children at the center. Florida Day Care Centers are also required to contact the parents or legal guardians of a child under the center’s care in the event of any serious illness, accident, injury or emergency to their child. Parents or legal guardians shall also be informed of the center’s specific instructions regarding the action to be taken under these circumstances, these instructions shall be followed. In case the custodial parent or legal guardian of the child cannot be contacted, the owner of the facility shall contact those persons designated by the parent or guardian to be contact under these circumstances. These designated persons shall also follow any written instructions given to them by the custodial parent or legal guardian of the child.
Also, ALL accidents and incidents that occur at a Florida Child Care Facility must be documented and shared with the custodial parent or legal guardian on the child on the day the accident and/or incident occurred.
Compliance with Florida laws and regulations concerning Florida Child Care Centers and the care provided to children is critical to the safety and well-being of each child in a Florida day care center. Having emergency contact numbers and designated emergency contacts will ensure that parent’s or legal guardians of children will be notified and well informed of their child’s safety and health while attending a Florida day care. Also, easily and accessible emergency contact numbers can prevent childhood personal injuries and/or reduce the severity of an injury sustained by a child.
The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Day Care Injuries, Playground Injuries, and other topics. A free book is available at Free Book for Parents – Helpful Information for Parents of Injured Children in Day Care Centers. The book is also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the Apple iBookstore.