Top Questions You Need to Ask Your Child's Daycare about Emergency
Preparedness by Carlo Morelli
A quality daycare provider will be prepared properly for
fires, medical emergencies, sickness, storms and disasters. They will be
glad to answer questions you may have about emergency preparedness. Below
are some of the important questions you would ask a daycare provider before
enrolling your children.
How do you prepare for a fire, and how do you prevent
it? A responsible daycare will only permit a certain number children per
classroom. This enables quick exit in case of fire. They will have working
fire alarms that are tested once a week, and a fire detector in every room
in working condition. They will have exit plans, fire exit maps on the
walls of each room and exercise routine fire drills at least one a week.
How do you deal with natural disasters? Day care staff
should be trained in handling natural disasters, for example, in some areas
of the country regular tornado drills are held so children know exactly
what to do. Also, they listen to weather reports daily, and lead the children
to the shelter when necessary. Some workers are also skilled in stress
and crisis management, to handle stressful situations calmly and effectively.
How are you prepared for sickness? Reputable daycares
ensure that children with contagious sicknesses stay home, and will contact
you immediately if your child has a communicable disease. The daycare will
do their best to take care of children with non-contagious sicknesses.
Additionally, they will follow all instructions you give them if your child
must take medications during the school day.
How do you deal with injuries? For a severe injury such
as severe burns, broken bone, twisted ankle, or internal injury, a conscientious
daycare will immediately contact you or one of your emergency contacts.
If they cannot get a hold of emergency contacts, they will then call 911.
For minor injuries like a minor cut, scrap, or bruise,
how will they handle it? The day care worker should take care of it on
site, as well as document it and report it to the parents as soon as the
parent picks the child up.
How do you deal with a medical emergency? A good daycare
will have daycare workers that are certified in CPR and trained in the
Heimlich maneuver, in case a child is choking and cannot breathe.
About the Author
Carlo Morelli writes for OnlineTips.Org, where you can
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security alarm monitors, and home
security services and products.