toddler in daycare going on field trips every week. Is it safe?

Lisa - posted on 08/04/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )




My 2.5 year old started daycare 1 month ago. I really like the program and the caregivers but they take the children on field trips once per week. The outings usually involve the toddlers taking the bus and or light rail train to get to their destination. There is 2 adults for 12 toddlers 19-36 months old. They are usually only gone for the morning but every 4-6 weeks they go on day long field trips. I think this is too much travelling in traffic for the age group and I am starting to worry about my childs safety. I worry about the ability of 2 twenty -something year old caregivers to take care of my daughter in an emergency. Not to mention the amount of travell on public transit with out car seats etc. They venture out to busy areas of town like shopping districts to go to the library or the bakery etc. How does one adult ensure the safety of 6 toddlers if an emergency were to occurr. Am I just being paranoid. I cannot stay home from work once/week to keep my daughter home from daycare. Any opinions or ideas?


Emma - posted on 08/07/2011




I would not be happy with the situation you have described at all !!
My daughter is 4 1/2 and has only gone on 2 outing since she started pre school in Jan. And ive only been happy with letting her go on the outings as her pre school takes excellent safety precautions. Firstly the places they have visited are set up to cater for school visits. They use the schools mini bus to transport the children. They also have one adult to every 5 children and have a qualified first aider with the group and an ambulance on call.

Can i ask what country you live in ?


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~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/07/2011




I think that is quite alot for little munchkins. My son who was 4 and 5 in pre k, went on a total of 3 field trips the entire year.,...they had school busses that you had to put your car seat in also. I would not feel comfortable with your situation.

Katherine - posted on 08/07/2011




I've never heard of that either. That is way too much. Especially at 2.5. My daughter went on field trips once a month at 4.5 and that's it.

Kate CP - posted on 08/07/2011




I've never heard of a day care taking toddlers on outings that much. Personally, I'd find another day care.

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