West Palm Beach, Florida Day Care Center Left Child Behind at the Zoo – Importance of Supervision and Attendance Checklists


In Florida, day care and school field trips can be great fun and adventure for children. At times, these field trips can also create dangerous situations as well. Supervision and checklists are vital when a day care center or school brings children on a field trip. In West Palm Beach, Florida, it was reported by CBS Channel 12 News that a child was left behind on a trip to a zoo. Fortunately, the child did not sustain any injuries. The child was later safely reunited with his mother. I recommend that day care centers maintain an attendance checklist for all children on the field trip. Take attendance when you leave the day care center, at various times at the field trip location, when the bus is loaded, and when the children exit the bus.