Daycare Horror: Mexico Government to Blame
In Canada we do a lot of complaining about the availability and cost of quality daycare spots. We have also in the past strongly voiced our anger at the subsidised daycare in Quebec that sees them paying $7 a day for something we pay $30-40 dollars for here in Ontario. It is possible to find something a little cheaper than that, but still nothing beats the smaller at home day-cares run by caring moms who provide a fun, educational, and safe environment.
Occasionally problems arise concerning the ratio of staff to child. Sometimes 1-3 or 1-5 with the former being most desirable but not always possible. I think as long as the centre is upfront about those types of things then it’s something to be weighed against the other pros and cons.
The total number of children permitted in one centre is a little confusing to me, but it has a lot to do with ages, accommodations, and the number of caregivers physically present at all times. Obviously it is very strictly monitored and enforced. Apparently that is not so everywhere.
By now most of you have heard about that horrifying fire at a daycare in Mexico where 41 children died. At the time of the fire there was 142 children attending, and 6 staff. Six! That is like a 1-23 ratio. Parents arriving on the scene were frantic trying to get to their kids, some ramming their vehicles in to the walls to aid in the rescue. There was only 2 doors for entry or evacuation, and one of them was padlocked shut. The windows were too high for the children to reach.
Not a single smoke detector was working, and the sprinkler system was not installed properly so it did not go off either. Yet just two weeks ago the ABC daycare centre passed a fire inspection. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered, and a lot of changes need to be made. But nothing is going to bring those children back.
None of the six staff members on duty at the time were injured.