In Florida and other states, day care center related laws require minimal standard or training for staff members. With or without these standards in place, the safety of children warrant this training and more. When selecting a day care center, it is important to find out information as to training, licensure, and prior inspections. Training is needed for all aspects of care from food consumption to sleeping protocols.
Day care professionals are required to receive a certain level of training before they can work at a day care. In the State of Florida, a person must complete 40 hours of training and pass a competency exam, then an additional 10 hours of in-service training. This intensive training is designed to prepare them for any situation that could come their way while watching children. They become familiarized with basic first aid and CPR, as well as making accommodations for children with allergies or special needs children. There is even more training that must be taken if a caretaker intends to work with children under 24 months. This includes understanding safe sleeping practices to prevent SIDS, general head trauma prevention, and brain development. In short, training for day care providers is meant to keep the children enlisted in the day care as safe as possible.
If this training is not received, the results can be disastrous. A child can get seriously hurt or killed if in the care of an improperly or inadequately trained person. While this situation would likely result in the shutting down of the day care, this does not ameliorate the pain suffered by bereaved parents In order to avoid this, parents should take care to research the day care they intend to send their children to. Just a few hours of online browsing, reading, and related training could save their child’s life.
If you are a parent whose child was seriously injured or killed as the result of improper day care training, contact a child injury lawyer for consultation or representation. Serious injuries often result from a lack of training and / or due attention to the child care responsibilities of the day care worker. It should be noted that all the training and knowledge in the world will be useless if the day care center worker is not paying attention OR engaged in other activities like texting, tweeting, etc. . . .
David Wolf is a personal injury attorney with over 28 years of experience. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, he handles personal injury cases and child injury cases throughout the State of Florida. He is the author of 12 books including the book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know. The book has chapters on Playground Injuries, School Injuries, Amusement Park and Theme Park Injuries, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.