As a parent, your children come first. You pour your life into keeping them safe, healthy, and happy.
Since you cannot be physically with your child 24-7, you know how important it is to find babysitters and daycare providers who you can trust. What happens, however, if unforeseen problems arise when your child is under someone else’s care? From neglect to abuse, it’s a situation few parents consider until it happens.
Below are some tips for selecting a babysitter or daycare for your children. (If you feel that your child has been a victim of a negligent babysitter or daycare in the Columbus, Ohio area, seek action now by contacting our firm.)
Protect Your Family Against Unsafe Child Care
Ohio Revised Code section 2919.226 requires all babysitters and daycare providers to inform parents if a child has ever died or been seriously injured while in their care. A parent can ask the provider to complete a childcare disclosure form, which lists the qualifications of the provider, the maximum number of children to whom he or she provides childcare at one time, and whether any child in his or her care has died or suffered injuries that led to the child being hospitalized for more than 24 hours. A babysitter or daycare provider cannot misrepresent any factor or condition that substantially affects the health or safety of any child while in his or her care.
Often, babysitters are cheaper and might provide more personal attention, but they do not need to have a license in Ohio unless they are taking care of more than 6 children. If your babysitter is unlicensed and is taking care of more than 6 children, he or she is breaking the law.
Helpful Tips When Choosing a Babysitter:
1. Find out if the provider passed a criminal background check.
2. Check to see if the provider underwent first aid training.
3. Ask if the provider has insurance.
4. Request any and all parent references.
5. Ask the provider to complete a childcare disclosure form. This is required of all providers.
Helpful Tips When Choosing a Daycare Center:
1. Review all of their state inspection reports. Ohio law requires that these reports be posted in the daycare center.
2. Pay attention to staff-to-child ratios, staff qualifications, and criminal background checks.
3. Drop in unannounced and at different times of the day to observe the daycare center. Be wary if they discourage this practice.
4. To report an illegal childcare operation, call the Office of Families and Children Help Desk by dialing 1-866-635-3748 and select option 2, then option 1.
Call Tom Somos in Times of Need
When your children’s well-being is on the line, nothing is more important than securing their rights. Call The Law Office of Somos Law, LLC to see how we can assist you in your babysitter or daycare negligence case.
For years, we have been helping families in the central Ohio area deal with the devastating impacts of babysitter and daycare abuse. We can help your family seek the justice it deserves.