Pursuant to Chapter 65, Rule 65C-22.001 – General Information, Florida Day Care Centers are required to provide direct supervision to the children under the facility’s care. “Direct supervision” is defined as watching and directing children’s activities within the same room or designated outdoor play area, and responding to the needs of each child. Child care staff or other personnel must be assigned to provide direct supervision to a specific group of children. These groups are no larger than three and the child care personnel must remain with the group of children at all times. When caring for school-aged children, day care staff are to remain responsible for the supervision of the children in care, shall be capable of responding to emergencies, and are accountable for the children at all times, including when children are separated from their groups.
Many childhood personal injuries are preventable. A key way to prevent most childhood personal injuries is to provide incessant and direct supervision of the children. Many childhood accidents can happen within thirty seconds to a few minutes. Regulating the staff-to-child ratio and requiring constant supervision is a critical tool in preventing child personal injuries.
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.