It’s that time of year again . . . the schools are closed and playgrounds, swimming pools, and parks overflow with excited kids of all ages soaking up the sun. But even though the summer vibe is laid back, preparations for your children’s safety should never be. Here at NannyTrack we’ve put together a checklist of safety precautions to consider as we dive into the season:
- Driver Safety: Who is going to be driving your children around this summer? Whether it’s a friend, a babysitter, or a full-time caregiver, you’ll want to see a copy of that person’s driver’s license to make sure it is valid and up-to-date. Don’t be afraid to ask directly “Have you ever been involved in an accident?” and, if the answer is “yes,” to follow up. Many States allow third-parties to search Department of Motor Vehicle records; NannyTrack reports always include such searches where available.
- First Aid: Is your caregiver certified in infant/child CPR and/or first aid? Summer is the season of boo-boos, and while most kids won’t need more than a Band-Aid and a kiss to make it all better, it’s reassuring to know your primary caregiver can provide the basics of emergency care if something does goes wrong. The American Red Cross offers classes nationwide. If your caregiver is already certified, you’ll want to confirm the certification; NannyTrack always pursues verification of all licenses and certifications claimed by the subjects of our reports.
- Camp: If your child is attending any type of camp this summer she’ll be coming into contact with a lot of new people, from counselors, to support staff, to bus drivers and beyond. Make sure you understand your camp’s background check policy, including both what and who is searched. States have differing requirements about who can legally be employed to work with children (and which types of organizations are required to have all staff pass mandatory background checks), and you’ll want to make sure your camp is compliant. If your child will be taking a bus to camp, it’s likely the camp contracts with a separate, private company, so make sure you find out the contractor’s background check policy, too.
Here at NannyTrack, we understand sometimes it’s easier to just hope for the best—but a few phone calls might be all it takes to give you the peace of mind that your children are in the best possible hands. And the sooner that happens, the sooner you can sit back and enjoy your frosty beverage! Happy summer!