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New Jersey Child Care / Day Care Regulations – What Rules Apply as to Incident Reports or Accident Reports?

By Robert Fernicola, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In New Jersey, child care centers and day care centers are regulated by the Department of Human Resources and the Child Care Licensing Laws. There are specific rules / regulations pertaining to accident reports or incident reports when a child suffers or sustains an injury while attending the day care center under the New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C. Chapter 10: 10:122-7.6.). In particular, a day care center is required have a file of record with the following information:

*Name of the injured child;
*Date – time – location of the incident;
*Name of the Child Care Center;
*Address of the Child Care Center;
*Name of the Person Completing the Accident / Incident Report;
*Date that the Report was completed;
*Written description of the incident, type of injury, and witnesses;
*Written documentation regarding first aid provided; and
*Written documentation regarding treatment by a doctor or medical provider.

By requiring day care centers / child care centers to document injuries that take place at the day care center, parents and the Department of Human Resources have access to information about injury incidents that take place at the facility.

Parents should request a copy of the Incident / Accident Report. The regulations state that the parents are entitled to a written description of the incident by the end of the next operating day.

You can read more about these and other regulations at Chapter 122 – Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers – State of New Jersey Department of Human Resources.