Sarah - posted on 05/29/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )
I dont trust daycares, it;s that simple.
Now all daycares are bad, but most of the ones i was familiar with in Sioux falls, SD were not places i want my kids to be..
One daycare, my bestfriend worked at, was pretty bad. My friend Kris made a mistake and a baby got hurt. It was just an accident. She was changing a 3 month old on the counter and was unaware that the baby could rollover. She threw the diaper away and the baby rolled off and started to develope a bump on her head. She went to the office and filled out an accident report and stated what happened. She gave it to her boss, adn her boss said "u cant say this, the mom will take her daughter out of our care" So her boss wrote up a new one saying the baby fell out of a boppy pillow that was laying on the floor and bumped a toy. There was one problem with this story... That particular baby was taken to the E.R. because she had a skull fracture. You cannot get that kind of injury from a boppy pillow laying on the floor. Therefore police were called and eventually the directer of the daycare was fired..
There was a church daycare that my other friend worked at that was accepting money from the state for feeding the kids nutrishes lunches and snacks. The issue with this is that the directer wasnt using the money for that purpose because she asked the parents to supply sack lunches for their kids. She put my friend in the room that had 1 yr old to 6 yr olds, she wasn't told the kids names, so all her information on their names came from a 6 yr old. She was passing out lunches and couldn't figure out who got what. She simply gave a child the wrong lunch and got fired.
And the worst story yet, this one hits too close to home. I used to babysit an 8 month old. Her name was Abby. I babysat her at night if her mom worked late or went out. She had a seperate daytime sitter who had a daycare in Mitchell, SD. I got that call that Abby had died at her daycare. She was killed. Unfortunately there is nothing anybody can do about it. They didn't have enough evidencec to charge the lady responsible. They took away her license and her own kids were put in the custody of their father. But she still has her daycare (without license). I am the first person to say maybe it was an accident?, But how does an 8 month old suffocate in her carseat? Also if this lady was paying attention to this kids then why was Abby dead for at least 18 minutes before somebody noticed and called paramedics?..
Im telling u all this as a warning to check out your daycare/babysitters if u ever need one. This is why i stay home with my kids.. I have more stories about other daycares, but didn't see the need to put down more than a few.