There are more than 400 daycare's in the City of Sioux Falls. Just this year the city says there have been 40 complaints filed and that has raised some concerns for the Sioux Falls' Public Health Department. So they're making some changes to their daycare regulations.
Bernie Miller has run an in-home daycare for almost 30 years. While she's never had a complaint filed against her, she says having inspections against those who do could be a good idea.
"Makes you be aware what you're doing all the time just as you would be in a teaching job," Miller said.
At last night's city council meeting Sioux Falls' Public Health Director Jill Franken told council members about changes to the city's daycare regulations. Starting in a month the city will start inspections when new daycare's open up. A month later inspections will happen again but this time unannounced. If an in-home daycare gets a complaint the city will do a thorough inspection.
The city says 40 Sioux Falls daycare's have had complaints. Those complaints range from the provider not meeting registration requirements, too many children in care and unsafe conditions. Some parents picking their kids up from daycare appreciate the regulations.
"The number one priority is safety for the children. That should be everyone's number one priority," Doug Mikusha said.
"Number wise for safety, what we can control. You have to be in control of your kids at all times. Know where they are and know what they're doing and that's the important thing," Miller said.
The city will verify that the people who frequent the home have passed all screenings including abuse and neglect, sex offender registry, and all providers and helpers have additional screenings and education needed.
They will do random checks on the number of children in care and adult/child ratios.
Finally, the city will check safety items such as chemical and pharmaceutical storage, the proper storage of sharp objects and weapons, and also assess the day care for other hazardous situations.
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