Choosing the Right Childcare: Staff Ratios

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Maintaining staff-to-child ratios is a very important part of a high-quality childcare environment. In fact, the number of children allowed per staff member is regulated. While these ratios vary across states, infant ratios are usually four to five babies per teacher.That number typically increases as the children get older and more independent. Most centers will have at least two teachers per classroom. …continue reading the rest of Choosing the Right Childcare: Staff Ratios

A Little-known Winter Hazard

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A post from Katrina Luetkebuenger, a West Bend Loss Prevention Representative: There are many risks to consider with winter driving. I didn’t think about this hazard until it almost flew right through my windshield. Last week while driving down the highway, a wintery explosion of snow and ice suddenly interrupted my thoughts. Several pieces of ice broke off the roof of the semi-truck traveling in front of me, causing cinder-block and brick-sized ice missiles to fly through the air …continue reading the rest of A Little-known Winter Hazard

Video: Child Falls Off Changing Table

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Recently, a scary video has been making the rounds on the internet. A mother places her child on a changing table in their home. She turns away for a brief second and the child rolls off the table. Thankfully, the child’s brother runs over and …continue reading the rest of Video: Child Falls Off Changing Table

Keeping Pools Safe with Swim Tests

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Too often here at West Bend we receive frightening near-drowning claims. These claims can result in serious injury and many times the victims are children. A child who can’t swim wanders into the deep end during a pool party. A child who’s supposed to be wearing a lifejacket takes it off and no one notices. …continue reading the rest of Keeping Pools Safe with Swim Tests

Planning Safe Field Trips

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As a childcare provider, field trips were both my worst nightmare and one of my favorite activities. The stress and anxiety of planning and keeping track of twelve two-year-olds in an unfamiliar place was daunting; however, seeing how much fun and how exciting it was for the kids made it all worth it in the end. …continue reading the rest of Planning Safe Field Trips

Toddler Wanders Away from Childcare Center

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Earlier this year, a toddler from a small childcare center in Vermont wandered away from his group during outdoor play. When the child’s parents arrived to pick him up, his teachers realized he had been missing for hours. After a frantic search, he was found in a stream on the property. …continue reading the rest of Toddler Wanders Away from Childcare Center

Severe Storm Knocks Out Power for Days

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We spend all winter looking forward to long, sunny days. Then finally summer arrives, bringing some beautiful weather. But summer also can bring dangerous storms with flooding, tornadoes, and lightning. Last Thursday in Duluth, Minnesota, a severe thunderstorm rolled through in the early morning hours. Winds were clocked at over 80 mph in some parts of the region. …continue reading the rest of Severe Storm Knocks Out Power for Days

Summer Heartbreak: Hot Cars and Kids

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Every year, as the weather gets warmer, tragedies involving children and hot vehicles appear in the news. These stories are always so devastating. The fear felt by the child and the extreme guilt by the parent or caregiver is heartbreaking. …continue reading the rest of Summer Heartbreak: Hot Cars and Kids

Camper Loses Her Life in Tragic Zip Line Accident

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Last year at a summer camp in North Carolina, a 12-year-old girl fell more than 40 feet to her death when a tether attaching her to the camp’s zip line snapped. The camp had dual zip lines and somehow the lines became tangled. Her tether essentially melted from the friction.  …continue reading the rest of Camper Loses Her Life in Tragic Zip Line Accident

Choosing the Right Childcare: Understanding State Licensing Reports

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Sadly, I continue to hear stories about childcare providers abusing or neglecting children all the time. Parents searching for childcare shouldn’t have to worry about their children being hurt. I worked for many years in the childcare industry and have helped my friends investigate childcare centers they were considering for their children. Luckily, here in Wisconsin, all state inspection and licensing reports are available online. …continue reading the rest of Choosing the Right Childcare: Understanding State Licensing Reports