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Safety at Daycare

Your hearing child can come home and tell you what happened. Your young deaf child may not be able to communicate the same thing.

  • Ask your child how her day went.
  • Ask the teacher for a daily report so that you can discuss the day with your child.
  • If the daycare has a digital camera, ask that they take some pictures of your child during daily activities.
    • Ask them to include a short description of what is happening in each picture.
    • Use the pictures as part of the daily report for your child.
    • This will help you know how your child is.
  • Watch how your child acts when you approach the daycare center. Is she happy and excited to start the day?
  • If you see any bruises or cuts on your child, ask her how she got hurt.
  • Tell your childcare provider if your child has allergies.
  • Tell your childcare provider how to contact you. This is very important if you use a TTY, e-mail or a pager.
  • Trust your feelings. Never bring your child to a childcare provider, babysitter, or teacher if you don't feel comfortable.

Does your baby or small child scream all the time at daycare? Is she quiet everywhere else?

  • The music or TV at the daycare may be too loud.
  • She may be crying because her hearing aids are amplifying the loud sounds.
  • Most deaf or hard of hearing children do better with less noise in the background.

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