South Carolina Daycare Laws: Clean and Sanitary Conditions Are Not Optional

As a Columbia childcare child injury attorney, I am familiar with your child’s right to a clean, sanitary daycare. This right is protected by state law. In South Carolina, our legislature has imposed a number of regulations upon daycares that are designed to keep children healthy. For instance (paraphrased):

  1. Toys and equipment that come into contact with children’s mouths shall be washed and sanitized at least daily;
  2. Linens, blankets, and mats shall be cleaned weekly;
  3. Each room in which children who wear diapers are cared for shall have its own diaper-changing area next to a hand-washing sink;
  4. Diapering shall occur only at a diaper changing area or in a bathroom;
  5. There shall be no smoking in areas of the daycare used by children.

In addition to the cleanliness of “child development centers,” our law also addresses the health of child care workers. Our legislature does not want infants and toddlers exposed to sick teachers. For this reason, South Carolina law states that all daycare staff members must undergo health assessments. These health assessments include physical exams, vision and hearing tests, tuberculosis screening, and a review of immunization status. Daycare directors are required to maintain their staff’s healthcare records. If any staff member, including the director, has a medical condition that could make a child sick, that staff member cannot work at the daycare until the condition is resolved.

Our children are our greatest asset. They must be treated as such. My job as a childcare injury lawyer in to help Columbia families, and hold wrongdoers accountable when they cause harm. I listen with compassion, answer questions, and guide families through the legal process.

When a daycare or any other facility needlessly exposes your child to harm, I am here to help. If you have any questions regarding SC daycare liability, call me at (803) 790-2800.