Video Cameras & Daycare
Should I Monitor My Facility?
By: Mr. Marty - Daycare Owner
Note) Many of you have visited our Daycare.com
Forum and communicated with other operators from differing parts
of the country. We read a recent post regarding an accused incident
of inappropriate "touching" that had made one family daycare's
future uncertain and a potential legal nightmare. A response by another
facility brought home the idea of protecting one's business from a
possible suit and criminal charges. Whether true or false, a video
system within the facility center or home family daycare could eliminate
such a dilemma. We asked "Mr. Marty" owner of a large daycare
facility in Pennsylvania if he would elaborate for our viewers why
he made the decision to monitor his place of business.
while back we had a school-age child that accused another school-age
child of asking to be touched sexually. The child told his father
and then the trouble began. CYS was notified and after a lengthy investigation
it was determined to be unfounded, but the effects on us and our employee's
were long lasting.
We would do whatever was needed to keep this from happening again.
We decided to have a 16 camera CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) system
with a DVR recorder installed. We contacted several companies and
chose one to do the job. The cost for this system was $12,000. (Editor's
Note: Systems can range from $$$ to $$,$$$ depending on your needs
and the size of your facility.)
I know what you are thinking… OMG I can’t afford that….
Well think again, you can’t afford not to. First of all our
center is LARGE, it is in the ground floor of a school building, we
have 6 classrooms, a kitchen area, a very long hallway, a front office
and a back office. We have 2 cameras in each classroom for coverage,
1 in the kitchen area, 1 in the front office, 2 in the hallway, 1
outside at the entry and 1 at the food storage area. All are infrared
(IR) so in low light you can still see. We got this system on a long
term lease and the payments are manageable.
Let me tell you what this system has done for us!!
One of our frequent "I gave you a check and you lost it"
customers was approached about a late payment. She stated "I
put it in the payment box yesterday"…… We said
ok and she left…… we reviewed the video for the time and
day she stated she "paid" and low and behold she never went
anywhere near the payment box. Upon her return we once again asked
about the payment and again she stated she had placed it in the box
yesterday. We asked the customer for a moment and proceeded to show
her the video of her not going anywhere near the box! She wrote us
a check right then and there and was never late again……..
$200.00 saved by the cameras.
parent once complained that one of our teachers was physically restraining
her child and the child had bruises on her arms. We reviewed the video
and sure enough there it was in living color. We notified our state
inspector of the incident and terminated this employee. In response
to our viewing the tape and reporting the incident before the parents
filed a complaint with the state, we were not cited.
The beauty of the Internet is that we can log on and watch the cameras
from anywhere. We have found employee’s improperly handling
children, sleeping, surfing the internet, eating our food, all resulting
in their being disciplined or terminated. Our food supply was disappearing
alarmingly fast before the camera’s were installed, now surprisingly
a months worth of food lasts a whole month! The result is employees
now do their job.
When children fight we can see who did what to who and when. The parents
who say “My child would never do that” can now
see that indeed they did.
As Daycare providers we all know that no matter what the ratio is,
incidents happen because we do not have eyes in the back of our heads.
It only takes a second for a fall, a punch, a kick, a bite to happen,
and it is always the providers fault.
The moral of this story is that the cameras have made our daycare
a safer and better place. The employee’s do their jobs, the
parents are more assured that their children are safe and can view
the videos when requested. The State knows any complaints can be addressed
by viewing the video and best of all the false accusations and complaints
have stopped. We now have the peace of mind knowing when we can not
be there physically we can still pop in and watch the videos, making
sure things are being done right and the children are okay.
In this day and age of litigious parents, agencies that find you guilty
till proven innocent, children with less than adequate upbringing,
a security camera system is worth it’s weight in gold.
From our experience, installing these systems is not that hard. We
are now in the process of installing a second system in our newest
daycare center at a considerable savings over our first system. If
you can use a screwdriver, pliers, a drill and some electrical tape
you can even install your own system.
IMHO (In My Honest Opinion) any daycare large or small will benefit
from camera’s because no matter how good you are, how careful
you are, or how wonderful you are, one day an incident will happen
and a picture/video would be priceless if it can save you from being
cited or sued or paying unemployment! Your employees may complain,
but as we said "If you are doing your job you have nothing to
worry about". My only wish is that sound recording was allowed,
but in our state it is not.
Thanks for your time! Mr. Marty
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