Many single parent households and two parent households must enroll their children in daycare programs because they work long hours that will not allow them to care for their child around the clock. When you permit a daycare to assume responsibility for your child, the last thought you want to have is that your child is being neglected or abused. Unfortunately, some daycares do not operate in a manner that is conducive to the safety of your child. If your child was neglected or injured at the hands of daycare employees, you should consult with an experienced Fayetteville daycare negligence lawyer today.
At the Kieklak Law Firm, our legal team understands the shock of learning that a daycare you trusted was mistreating your child and we are here to help you hold that negligent daycare accountable for their actions. The safety of your child is our top concern, and we will work tirelessly to fight for your family. To schedule a confidential legal consultation to discuss your case, contact the Kieklak Law Firm at (479) 316-0438.
5 Signs of Daycare Negligence
When discussing daycare negligence, it is important to mention that physical abuse is not the only way that a daycare may endanger your child. Many children return home from dishonest daycare companies physically unharmed. However, this does not mean that the daycare is not committing actions that may affect the child in other ways. The following is a list of signs to be on the lookout for when enrolling your child in a daycare program.
Inadequate Number of Employees
When choosing a daycare program, the first action you should take is ensuring the business is adequately staffed. Arkansas law used to require that daycares employ one adult for every six infants. Upon realizing this ratio may not allow each care provider to offer equal time with each child, the Arkansas legislature changed the ratio to one adult for every five infants.
If a daycare does not appear to have the correct number of employees, you should avoid placing your child in their care. An inadequate number of adult care providers may indicate that the daycare is not properly licensed or that they are in violation of Arkansas laws.
Hazardous Objects within Reach of Children
Children are naturally curious and often want to investigate every detail in a room. This can result in a child picking up an object like a paper clip or stapler that they could ingest or use to hurt other children. Cleaning supplies are another hazard that should be kept away from children. Many of these products can have scents that can trick a child into believing the object is edible.
If you notice that a daycare is cluttered with items that a child could ingest or use in a harmful manner, do not place your child in that program.
Your Child is Often Hungry
If your child returns from daycare with complaints of being hungry or thirsty, this may be a sign that your child is not receiving adequate care. Some daycare workers may accidentally or intentionally fail to feed a child or offer them water throughout the day. It does not matter whether this action was malicious or accidental, as a child care provider they should know the dangers of children being malnourished.
If your child appears to lose weight or appears dehydrated without a valid reason, this may be a sign that they were mistreated.
It is normal for children to bump into objects or bruise themselves when playing. However, if your child is leaving daycare with bruises that cannot be easily explained, you should be concerned about physical abuse. This can occur at the hands of a care provider or possibly another child if an adult does not intervene when they should.
Change in Behavior
If your child was outgoing and talkative before they attended daycare but seem more withdrawn after attending daycare, this might be a sign of emotional abuse. It is important to pay close attention to how daycare workers interact with your children to ensure they are not hurting your child.
There are many other signs to look out for when choosing the perfect daycare for your child. Learning to spot these signs can help you avoid being deceived by a negligent daycare operation.
Our Fayetteville Daycare Negligence Attorneys Can Help You File a Claim
If your child was a victim of daycare negligence, you should contact an experienced Fayetteville daycare negligence attorney immediately. Ken Kieklak, of the Kieklak Law Firm, possesses years of experience litigating a variety of negligence and family law cases, and he will use this knowledge to represent you. You do not have to fight against a negligent daycare alone, contact the Kieklak Law Firm at (479) 439-9840 for a free legal consultation.