Dedicated to Baby Elio – May your soul rest in peace

The last time I wrote about my “personal” opinion on the Daycare system and how they must have stricter follow-up, rules and regulations I was threatened with a law suit, legal action etc…

Now with the passing of a 3 month old baby in a daycare due to suffocating on reflux … I really don’t care and will again and again state my Personal opinion in the hopes that maybe I can bring some awareness…

Daycares are created as a service to help working parents.

Not all of us are blessed with parents capable of taking care of our children, or a relative or can hire a full-time certified nanny. I personally was forced to place my 2 children in a daycare once my maternity leave ended and was required to go back to work – so am I a bad parent?

The audacity that someone can think of blaming parents for having to go to work and placing them in the care of an institution that should be under the strictest rules and follow-up, truly disgusts me…

When I first blogged about my visit to find a new daycare for my daughter was not to attack anyone but just stating my personal concern.

NOT ALL DAY-CARES are BAD – but there are a few that are opening without the minimum requirements – and may have found that it is a business venture and a great source to make money. How can we as mothers know the good from the bad?

Once you visit the daycare, as any interview will go – everything will look amazing… but what you should pay attention to is the day-to-day – hour to hour – minute to minute follow-up on our babies.

How can all these daycares keep opening everywhere and not be registered?!?!!?
Are there surprise visits from syndicates or the ministry of health on all the daycares?

This 3-month old angel that died could not have been enrolled for too long – so when you visit a day-care or when picking up your baby TODAY re-evaluate and check for everything.

To help you out this are a few questions that you need to know: (I collected from various websites)

  • Adult to Child Ratio. Ask how many children there are for each adult. The fewer the children for each adult, the better for your child. You want your child to get plenty of attention. The younger your child, the more important this is. Babies need an adult to child ratio of no more than 1:4 (one adult for four infants), while four-year-olds can do well with a ratio of 1:10 (one adult for 10 children).
  • Group Size. Find out how many children are in the group. The smaller the group, the better. Imagine a group of 25 two-year olds with five adults, compared to a group of 10 with two adults. Both groups have the same adult to child ratio. Which would be calmer and safer? Which would be more like a family?
  • Caregiver Qualifications. Ask about the caregivers’ training and education. Caregivers with degrees and/or special training in working with children will be better able to help your child learn. Are the caregivers involved in activities to improve their skills? Do they attend classes and workshops? Do they ALL know BASIC PEDIATRIC FIRST AID?
  • Turnover. Check how long caregivers have been at the center . It’s best if children stay with the same caregiver at least a year. Caregivers who come and go make it hard on your child. Getting used to new caregivers takes time and energy that could be spent learning new things.
  • Accreditation. Find out if the child care provider has been accredited by the Ministry of Public Health. Providers that are accredited have met voluntary standards for child care that are higher than most state licensing requirements.
  • Sanitization & Cleaning. How often do they sanitize and clean toys, instruments, bed sheets etc. Ask them what their methods are – go into details.
  • Food Preparation. How and what methods are being followed. They should be under the same watchful eye as restaurants are becoming – but under stricter rules because they are feeding our angels.

There are so many indicators you need to know – and unfortunately until we can honestly say that we can rely on any institution fully to follow-up – Super Moms we have to do it ourselves.

Maybe we can make a difference. Make them understand that opening a place to care for our children is not easy-money but needs hard work and dedication.

They need to invest in keeping up the care and not increase the tuition yearly with no CLEAR SIGNS that things are getting better.
Dedicated to Baby Elio
Dedicated to Baby Elio – A Message from his Dad to the Daycare.

Some links: 

https://supermommybeirut.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/daycares-in-lebanon-providing-care-or-just-another-business-venture/

https://supermommybeirut.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/alert-opinions-are-now-illegal/

http://www.moph.gov.lb/MedicalCare/HealthFacilities/Pages/Nurseries.aspx

http://www.childcareaware.org/


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