Child Care and the Law


Many of us make enormous sacrifices for the care and protection of our children. It is extremely difficult to leave our children in the care of non-family members when we are working or otherwise occupied, however, outside child care is a necessity for thousands of parents in Mississippi. It is very important that parents investigate and ask question about the child care that they are considering as custodians of their children. Child providers are required by law to provide certain standards of care and supervision when entrusted with the care of children.
If children are not properly monitored while being taken care of they can sustain a variety of injuries playing unsafe games, playing in hazardous areas such as the street, or during dangerous horse play with other kids. In any of these cases, it is the child care provider’s responsibility to ensure that the child is safe and unharmed while in his or her care. Fortunately, the majority of child-care facilities employ responsible workers who love watching and supervising children.
In recent years, there has been a disturbing trend of child neglect and abuse at daycare facilities or when children are left with a babysitter. This has led many families to file civil lawsuit and to seek criminal punishment against their child care providers for injuries. None of us want to be in that position. As the old saying goes: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Here are some simple tips to remember : 1. Investigate the daycare facility or individual caring for your child. Nowadays it is possible to run background investigations on virtually anyone using the Internet. 2. Check to see that the facility has a business privilege license and is a registered childcare provider. 3. Ask for five (5) references spanning a period of time and check with the references. 4. Make a careful examination of the facilities, talk to the staff, and by all means speak openly and bluntly about any concerns you have about leaving your child. Never forget that as parents we owe it to out children to protect them and be the guardians of their safety.

Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

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