The Sioux Falls Health Department wants to make it easier for parents to drop in unannounced at their child's day care provider and tighten up the requirements on providers to ensure children safety.
Breanna Bylander runs a family day care out of her home in Sioux Falls. She agrees with proposed changes to the city's ordinance that would give parents more access to their children's care providers.
"As a parent, I like the fact of knowing that I'm allowed to check on my children and whenever, unannounced, come and go as I please. If you have nothing to hide and you're not doing anything wrong, it's shouldn't be a problem," Bylander said.
Bylander carries all of the necessary state and local certifications to have up to 12 children in her care. However, not all of them are at her house at the same time, so she doesn't have additional employees. If she did, another proposed change would require them to get a background check. And Bylander says she'd want to know her employees have a safe history.
When it comes to having liability insurance, Bylander says as a parent she understands it because she had a child hurt in day care one time.
"It's a good thing all the way around. And it’s not too spendy on a yearly basis, especially if you own your own home. You can get a deal hooking it on with your homeowner's insurance," Bylander said.
Not only as a parent, but also as a day care provider, Bylander says she supports the city's efforts to keep children safe.
The public health department proposed its changes to the city council Monday afternoon. Other changes suggested involve a decrease in registration fees if the provider is already registered with the state and a one-year waiting period before providers could reapply after having their license revoked.