The earliest years of a child’s life are a crucial time for learning — and right now is a crucial time for us to advocate for the future of our children and families. Advocacy for children has always been one of the core reasons for our existence. Here you can watch, listen to and read media commentary that we hope helps to shine a light on the issue and to achieve cultural change to better protect children.
Do not choose a daycare just because it is cheap. They may be saving on salaries by not appointing proper or enough number of staff.
Check the credentials of the people/person running the daycare.
Just having CCTV cameras is not enough, ask the daycare if they check the recordings, and how regularly, also check if parents can check past recordings.
Ask them about the training given to staff.
Find out if all staff are police verified and medically free from contagious diseases.
Does the daycare have an emergency handling procedure.
Are staff trained in basic first aid like handling choking etc or do they have a nurse on the premise or doctor on call.
Do they have regular fire drills.
If food is being served then check hygiene of the kitchen and the person who cooks. If food is brought from a caterer or supplier check the suitability of this vendor.
Check hygiene of toilets.
10 point advisory to daycare and crèches
Please ensure that you give training to all your staff especially support staff like bais about the do’s and don’ts’s of handling children. Training must include how to handle children, how not to handle children, washing hands before touching children, wearing gloves when feeding them, tying up hair while cooking or serving, not to blow on a child’s food to cool it , to use separate cloths for cleaning floors, tables, and wiping children’s mouth or bottoms. (you are free to contact us for more details)
During the training it is important to mention to them that handling children will be done as per the training given to them and not as per their family practices.
At the end of the training make them sign a letter that states all the points of training and also states that if they are caught breaking any rules then they will lose their job and if found abusing children will be handed to the police.
Get all bais and other support staff registered at the nearest police station for police verification.
Get bais and support staff tested for HIV, TB and other important diseases.
Children should never be left alone with bais and support staff unsupervised.
Check CCTV footage of new bais daily to understand how they are with kids in your absence.
If a parent comes to you with a complaint against any of your staff, never cover up for them, this will only make them break more rules.
Pay your staff well so that they are able to fulfill their duties diligently.
Do look into the adult–child ratio of your daycare as putting too many children in the care of one adult can cause stress and make them break rules.