As a South Carolina daycare negligence attorney, I want you to know that your infants and toddlers have rights. I have seen far too many preventable childcare injuries in Columbia and other parts of our state. The SC legislature has passed laws aimed at protecting our most vulnerable, though more can always be done. If your baby goes to a daycare (i.e. “child development center”), please know that the facility must comply with safety rules. When a facility violates these rules, they have committed negligence. The following list provides but a few of the rules daycares in South Carolina must follow when caring for our children:
- Cups and bottles shall be labeled with the child’s name and used only by that child;
- Infants shall be fed the specific foods and at the specific times their parents instruct;
- Microwaving of formula and other beverages may only be done if parents are notified in writing when the baby is enrolled;
- Infants and toddlers’ food shall be cut into age-appropriate pieces;
- Children shall not be in their crib except to sleep or for short periods of quiet time; and
- Infants shall be placed on their backs to sleep unless the parent provides a note from a physician.
Daycare negligence lawyers should not only advocate for our most vulnerable, but also provide resources that lessen the chance of harm. I hope this article serves as one of those resources. All parents should be made aware of what rights their children are owed, and what rules daycares most follow. When these rights are known and the rules are followed, the likelihood of childcare injuries in South Carolina substantially decreases. If you have any questions or need help with a case, call me at (803) 790-2800.