By Robert Fernicola, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
In New Jersey, child care centers and day care centers are regulated by the Department of Human Resource and the Child Care Licensing Laws. There are specific rules / regulations pertaining to injuries sustained by a child while under the care of the child care center / 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 to take immediate steps to protect a child from further harm and to contact the parents verbally when certain injuries take place in a child care center. Injuries that must be reported to the parent include:
*injuries when the child is bitten and the skin is broken;
*falls involving a height that is greater or taller than the height of the child;
*injuries that require doctor’s visit, ER visit or other type of professional medical care.
It is not only the law but also in the best interest of the child to follow up with medical care regarding injuries. Furthermore, the parent should be contacted so that the parent can direct or guide the day care center as to the child’s medical needs as well as to where the parent would like the child to get medical care.
Unfortunately, many injuries that take place in a day care center result from abuse, neglect, or the general failure to provide consistent supervision of the health and safety needs of the child. Day care centers and child care centers should take their best efforts to protect children so that serious personal injuries do not take place in the day care center. 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.