How many accidents are too many accidents at daycare?

We're in North Carolina, and my son is in a public daycare center. Over the last 8 months, he has been bitten at least a dozen times. Several of these were bites that we noticed when we went to pick him up; upon our finding them, the teachers would say things like "Oh, that happened earlier and we forgot to report it." In the past week he has been bitten three times and fallen (on concrete) twice, scrapping his knees and his face. The daycare center director has indicated that the biting child's mother is aware of the biting problem and is taking steps to try to correct the behavior. However, in the past, the center has moved our son (not the other kid), at times keeping him in the infant room and moving him permanently to a different class. They are now in the same room again. At what point should the center kick the other kid out? According to the teachers and accident reports, all of these have been unprovoked attacks.

Asked By: Deana S - 6/21/2007
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All it would take would be one "forgotten" bite and my child would be out of there so fast I'd leave skid marks on the floor! Whenever anything like this goes unreported that means lack of supervision and that spells trouble. Why do you keep returning your child to this place when obviously they aren't doing the job... More
Answered By: Colleen O - 6/21/2007
Additional Answers (24)
I just read the first sentence and stopped. THAT was enough for me to think, pull him out of there... More
Answered By: Dalice Nelson - 6/21/2007
Ok, we all know kids bite, and kids all and scrape their knees, but sounds like this happen waaay too often there. if a child is a 'known' biter, they should be watching extra carefully. I would yank my child out of there NOW and report them to the state. It happens, but shouldn't happen with such frequency- shows... More
Answered By: magy - 6/21/2007
report it yourself, and tell the kids parents that he's doning this to your kid
Answered By: lala 16 - 6/21/2007
i think one accident is too many! especially if they do not report it to you right away... More
Answered By: Havanah_A - 6/21/2007
I have a 5 yr. old in day care and he too has numerous incidents throughout the week. Although I am just his step-mom his mother still calls me and his dad to get advice on what to do... More
Answered By: Mommaof2boyz! - 6/21/2007
I would pull him out and the report that center to the state. It sounds like thier staff is either lazy or not trained well. Either way they need thier licence reveiwed
Answered By: byebrn7 - 6/21/2007
I think that you need to report this daycare to the authorities. They need to do an inspection. Your son should NOT be put in the infant room, if he is not an infant. All incidents should be written up immediately. I would also suggest having a meeting with the director, teachers, and the parents of the other kid. If... More
Answered By: JackDiesel & HemiBear's Mom - 6/21/2007
Wow. Do research on that day care, and get him out quick. Report them too. It's obvious they are disregarding the safety of the children they are caring for. There are too many day care horror stories to risk the well being of your son. Good Luck.
Answered By: mybebegwen - 6/21/2007
If I were you, I would move my son to a different Daycare. The biting problem should have stopped by now. My son went to Daycare for 3 years and he had just one accident. He did get sick from being around sick kids like, colds, eye infections, etc. You're not comfortable sending your son to a place where he's... More
Answered By: Libragirl - 6/21/2007
one accident is one too too many.... yes kids do get hurt by falls but biting... its needs to be reported ... who cares if they (day care) gets mad... you doing it to protect your child...
Answered By: Buffy - 6/21/2007
Sounds like if they move your kid, rather than the other, they may just be trying to placate you. I suggest you (calmly) ask them directly for their specific plans for the other child & set expectations - tell them what updates you expect form them... More
Answered By: dryheatdave - 6/21/2007
Answered By: crazy gamer - 6/21/2007
I used to work at a daycare, and I feel that they are not taking the correct steps to solve the problem. Every accident should be reported and signed by both parents. Those should be kept in the childs file. After so many "bad" reports, the daycare has the right to remove the child. Your child should not have to be... More
Answered By: Reyna - 6/21/2007
This type of environment isn't good for your son. Either talk to the daycare and ask for the other child to be moved/ suspended or talk to the mother of the biter. If neither of these help, take your son out.
Answered By: pixiedustplease - 6/21/2007
Well they really can't kick him out w/o multiple complaints, but if i were you, I would pull my child out or tell the daycare that you will be forced to do this. A couple of bites over time, well that's bound to happen and so is falling, but they should always have an accident report. Biting is bad and can be very... More
Answered By: maijken s - 6/21/2007
Yes all kids get hurt, All kids get scrapes ect............ If the daycare has a child that bites and they are not watching that child to keep it from happening, I would change daycare's at once and report then to the Child protective services.
Answered By: tammer - 6/21/2007
Biting is hard to monitor, because a lot of biters will do it unprovoked as soon as they get near a child. I would ask the center what there policy is for biters. Also, kids fall. They will scrape their knees and bump their heads. Especially children that are just getting into the running stage etc. Their center... More
Answered By: Daybreak - 6/21/2007
I agree with everyone else. I know from experience.When I was younger and in preschool / daycare I burnt both of my hands on a stove that was turned and no one was watching me. After my parents took me the hospital I was taking out of that place and put in a different one that was run by mother in her basement. They... More
Answered By: cari_valentine2003 - 6/21/2007
3 times your out...I'd make a formal complaint to your local health dept.and start lookong for another daycare.Talk to the othe parents and find out if this kid has a real problem. goodluck
Answered By: brooke s - 6/21/2007
Ok I am a mom and I live in NC and I have worked in a daycare and have had my kids in the daycare system. I know this will sound terrible, is there any chance what so ever your child could be causing this child to bite your son(but it does not make a difference the child still should not bite)? Have you asked the... More
Answered By: stacy j - 6/21/2007
Because it is a public daycare, they will not kick out the other child until you threaten to press charges... More
Answered By: buggerhead - 6/21/2007
2 accidents of a similar nature are too many. 1 mistake can happen, but its should be sorted so that a similar accident can never repeat itself... More
Answered By: futuretopgun101 - 6/21/2007
the biting kid should be kicked out - I mean, its been more than three times and I bet your kid isn't the only one he/shes bitten.
Answered By: Honeypai - 6/21/2007
Answered By: amanda_wilson81 - 6/21/2007
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