I have owned many daycare centers in the past 30 years and I feel like I have seen it all. I have recently just bought a child care facility in New Tampa, FL right in the community of Pebble Creek and we are working to make everything safer for all of the children that enter our building. Our opening day is in a month and we have been coming up with some ideas to get this job done quickly as possible so we don’t have to delay the opening.
Our first step was to work on our 1 acre back play yard. It had an old outdated playhouse that we needed to replace. It’s wood was warping and splintering and the base had no compression in case of a fall. For our new playhouse, we made sure that the design had no areas where a child could fall down and hurt them selfs. It was to be constructed with plastics and recycled materials that would never rot or splinter. The material that surrounded the playground was to be composed of recycled rubbers that could take the force in case of a fall. This is the same material that is used at the bottom of rock climbing gyms. This is a whole lot safer than the standard sand base.
All of the previous wood and chain-link fence and railings were to be replaced with new vinyl fixtures. This will also new rot or wear and we don’t have to worry about as many injuries related to the previous sharp edges and splinters. The railings posts also need to be closer together to meet up with code. This is important so none of our curious kids sticks their head inside and gets stuck.
Our new daycare facility has also installed a brand new security system. It was comprised of 15 cameras that are displayed on a private network in which all of the parents can see their children at any time. All of our main entrance and exit doors have a coded number pad to get in and out as to maintain security from random people coming in and doing any harm. There is a dual entry port for anyone checking in and out their children. This allows us to better secure the facility by gathering more information from the person entering the building. In case of a fire, all of the doors are prompted to swing open and allow everyone a safe and quick exit.
With everything in place, our brand new daycare is ready to go. We hope to bring a smile to all of the families that decided to allow us to care for their children.