Daycare and oversight of 10-15 toddlers: what level of service to expect
December 5, 2013 3:36 PM Subscribe
My wife and I have our 2-year-old son in a daycare program that, for the most part, seems pretty good. There was even a recent parent-teacher conference, which seemed pretty great for a daycare facility. But when I picked him up today, he was chewing staples. Two-year-olds put things in their mouths, and it's hard to watch each and every kid in a room of 10-15 toddlers, so how much should we expect from this daycare, or any daycare for that matter?
This daycare generally seems like a pretty good place, with good attention to nutrition, group play, arts and song, and that sort of thing. So today when I picked up my son and he was chewing on something, I figured it was something from snacktime. But when he got in the car, he spat out about 10 staples that looked like they had some glue on them. I tasted them to see if they were sweet or if there was any reason he'd keep chewing small pieces of metal, but they just tasted like metal to me.
I got home and told my wife, and we contacted the daycare. The supervisor at the time said she'd talk to the teacher who was there to ask if they were doing anything with staples, but didn't sound too concerned about a kid chewing staples. We also called our doctor's office, because we weren't sure if there was any concern that he might have swallowed some staples, but the doctor said that as long as he was breathing fine, our kid should pass the staples without a problem. He's drinking juice quite happily. I also checked in his mouth to see if he was bleeding at all, and he looked fine.
We called the daycare back, and the supervisor said she talked to the teacher, who said that they hadn't done anything with staples that day. The supervisor said that kids tend to put small things in their mouths, so it was their job to make sure there was nothing that they could put in their mouths. The supervisor would have all the rooms vacuumed to make sure there weren't more little things around that kids would put in their mouths.
What should we expect from a daycare? I realize that kids can (and do) put all sorts of stupid things in their mouths, and it's hard to watch a dozen little running, noisy people all the time, especially if one or two are taking all your attention. But at the same time, it seems like you could probably keep staples away from toddlers. Do we chalk this up as a dumb thing our kid did, and assume that the daycare will be more diligent in cleaning and watching kids, at least for a few days/weeks? Do we look for another daycare, realizing that we might be swapping something we know for something we have no idea about? Can a daycare really be expected to keep all possibly hazardous things out of the mouths of babes?