Would you put your child in this woman's

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Would you put your child in this woman's
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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 4:09pm
I was watching GMA this morning, and they had a mom on telling about her daughter's near fatal accident. Apparently the mom, who also runs a daycare and who watches 3 children in addition to her own 3, was feeding the kids lunch when she realized her 19 mo. old daughter was missing. She sent her 7 year old to look for her. He came running back a few minutes later screaming after having pulled his sister from a 30 inch deep above ground pool. The baby wasn't breathing. Mom called 911, and they published the call, the operator asked if she knew CPR. Mom did not (!, remember, she's a dcp). Operator walked her through it, and luckily, the girl was revived and is fine.

All I could think when watching this was, I wonder if the other parents are going to continue letting her be their dcp. Would you? I mean, she seemed like a perfectly lovely person, but yikes, pool, no CPR training, wandering babies.

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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 5:26pm
I wouldn't use a day care provider who had a pool. Nor would I use a day care provider who didn't know CPR. (and I ask and ask to see the certificates as well).

I am not saying that I would pick someone who would never make a mistake, or that I would never make a mistake myself, just that those two are big issues for me.

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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 5:31pm
I would never use a daycare provider with a pool, too. It is just an accident waiting to happen. It is also sounds like she might be overwhelmed. I hate to make blanket statements but I would not use her again.

Kristi

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Mallory (age 3)

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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 5:38pm
No, this sounds like an unlicensed situation. In our state, which isn't really "over-regulated," you can't have an above ground pool without a ten foot locked fence, and you must have CPR certification. Our state allows "casual providers" which means you can watch up to four kids IN ADDITION TO YOUR OWN with no regulation whatsoever. That's too casual for me!
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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 5:44pm
They showed a picture of the pool and it looked like one of those big blow up types. I think it might be able to slide by the fence regulations because it's obviously not a permanent pool. Pretty scary, it makes you realize that any dcp could at any time decide to blow up a pool and fill it up without technically breaking any laws!
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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 5:48pm
No, again in our state those wading pools are illegal for sanitary reasons -- all pools that providers use have to have a recirculating filter system!
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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 6:38pm
Would you extend that to a preschool? My son's preschool has a pool. It is surrounded by a 5 foot high fence with a self latching gate that is kept locked unless the pool is in use (when the swimming instructor is there). I have to admit I never really questioned it before. In fact, last summer Joe learned how to swim there. Many preschools around here have pools.

During the school year they keep the pool area locked up, but it is in use all summer.

Regarding this woman, I would have a hard time using her as a DCP given that a 19 month old was able to easily access an ABOVE GROUND pool. It seems like it should be easy to keep a toddler away from such a pool. When I was a child we had one and my parents would remove the ladder from the pool when it was not in use.

We have an in ground pool. I am surprised at the number of people around here that have in ground pools who do not have a barrier between the house and the pool (we do have a fence). Drowing is one of the leading causes of death in children under 5 in my state.

Jenna

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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 6:50pm
God, I know.. that's like the story a week or two ago where the dcp had something like 6 charges, and took them on an outing. Well, when they got back from wherever they had gone, they "forgot" one child in his carseat and he subsequently died from the injuries incurred. (from the heat) Now if they don't do headcounts..ugh! And to think the rest of the parents brought all their kids there the next day.
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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 6:58pm
A few years back there was a story about a dc where they closed up and left. A little while later the parent gets there and can't get in. Her baby was still inside. In the crib. In the dark. And they just locked the door and left.

If we (as a country) would just start to place a higher value on taking care of children and start finding ways to attract and keep a better skilled workforce, maybe these kinds of things would never happen.

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Thu, 06-12-2003 - 11:14am
That happened not far from where we live. I could not believe any parent would take their child back there. Of course, I cannot believe the day care would have the balls to open their doors the next day. I would be way too ashamed, traumatized, guilt-ridden, shocked, etc. to even dream of thinking I was capable of caring for someone else's kid that day. How can someone who has just killed a child show up for like like nothing ahd happened?
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Thu, 06-12-2003 - 11:19am
I wouldn't use a preschool that had swimming as an activity. My dad is a lifeguard and has told me so many horror stories that when my kids are small and not strong swimmers, I do not want them in a pool without dh or me (or may dad) there.

This summer my 6 year old ds's summer camp goes swimming every friday. My ds is not allowed to go. Dh went with them once to see what it was like, and he ahd to pull three kids over to the edge to help them out. (and this is the highest safety-rated day care/day camp program in our metroplex with the best student/teacher ratio).

But I am a firm believer that when kids are learning to swim and not grewat swimmers yet, they need 1:1 supervision.