Every parent wants to keep their child safe. This is usually when parents have their children with them, but this is impossible to accomplish all the time. You need a responsible childcare team that keeps your child safe in your absence.
But what makes a childcare center safe?
Every childcare center must be licensed by Kentucky and meet minimum standards for staff accreditation, safety, sanitization, and nutrition.
Some daycares never improve on the basic standards. Going above and beyond the state’s minimum requirements sets quality daycares above average ones.
Here are some key areas to keep in mind when you’re looking for childcare.
Safe Preschool Policies
Some preschools are more lax in their safety policies. For instance, some facilities may let the staff’s family or friends inside during business hours. Letting any visitor into the building is a huge red flag. At Bright Start, we don’t allow unauthorized adults in the building.
Sanitation Prevention Policies
In a post-pandemic world, everyone knows the importance of reducing the spread of bacteria and viruses. We embrace this responsibility!
There are three primary ways daycares can practice proper sanitation for safety:
- Hand Washing: Staff need to wash their hands frequently, especially after coming in contact with other bodily fluids and before serving food. Hand sanitizer should also be used frequently. Modeling these helps children develop safe sanitation habits.
- Toy Sanitation: Toys must be cleaned regularly, especially in younger classrooms where children put everything in their mouths. Additionally, the staff should clean toys throughout the day and before closing.
- Building Sanitation: Toilets, sinks, and floors need to be cleaned regularly. Additionally, the building should be routinely checked for mold, termites, water damage, and more.
If you notice staff not following the state’s requirements, talk to the daycare director or consider switching daycares.
Safe Staff Policies
By state law, daycare workers must be background checked and maintain certain health standards. However, these don’t automatically a good teacher or role model.
At Bright Start, we are picky in our hiring process. We want the best teachers and staff! You’ll notice the difference: our teachers are skilled with classroom management, relationship building, and early childhood education, and are all-around great role models for children.
Bright Start Louisville offers exceptional childcare to children six weeks to 12 years old. We’re proud to offer a fun and educational preschool program that prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.
If you’re looking for excellent childcare that gives your child a head start in life, contact Bright Start Louisville today!