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Georgia Day Care Centers – What Rules / Laws Apply to Required Reporting, Child Abuse, Accidents, and Injuries in Day Care Centers?

By Scott Zahler, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


Pursuant to Rule 591-1-1-.29 – Required Reporting – of the Georgia Rules and Regulations for Child Care Learning Centers, the director or other designated person-in-charge in the director’s absence, is required to report or cause to be reported the following:

1. Suspected incidents of child abuse, neglect or deprivation to the local County Department of Family and Children Services.
2. Any cases or suspected cases of notifiable communicable diseases to the local County Health Department.

The following incidents must be reported to the Department within 24 hours or the next work day:

1. Any death of a child while in the care of the center;
2. Any serious illness or injury requiring hospitalization or professional medical attention other than first aid of a child under the care of the center;
3. Any situation when a child in care of the center becomes missing. This includes but is not limited to the following situations: a). A child who is left in a vehicle; b). A child who leaves the center’s building, playground, or property; or c). a child who left behind on any trip.
4. Any fire
5. Any structural disaster
6. Any emergency situations that required (requires) relocation of the children.

These must also be reported pursuant to Rule 591-1-1-.29 – Required Reporting – of the Georgia Rules and Regulations for Child Care Learning Centers:
1. The name of any employee who acquires a criminal record if the directors knows, or reasonably should knows, of the employee’s criminal record.

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