When parents drop their children off at daycare, they expect that their kids will be safe. This is only possible with the proper security measures in place, such as security cameras, access control and visitor protocol. Security breaches can accidentally allow unauthorized people inside the facility, putting children at risk of kidnapping or injury. To ensure that everyone in the facility is safe, make sure to keep the following daycare and preschool security measures in mind.
Daycare Security Cameras
Daycare security cameras let you go back and review a situation if anything happens to determine where the fault lies. It also makes it possible for someone in the office to monitor the various spaces in real-time, adding an extra set of eyes to watch for potential problems. At the very least, cameras should always be pointed in the entryway and on the property, so it is easy to spot unauthorized individuals.
Every legal daycare facility has a fire alarm, and most modern access control systems can integrate or work side-by-side with them.
Many locations opt for a keyless entry system as an alternative to legacy door locks. You can use this system to give parents the freedom to enter the space with their own card, fingerprints, or a smartphone app (like Kangarootime) to prevent unauthorized access.
Extra Locks During Off-Hours
If you include keyless entry for your daycare door locks, ensure that the system disables automatically after business hours so that those with access cannot come at inappropriate times. In the case of traditional locks, where employees have keys, add an extra deadbolt to be used during off-hours that only a few people have a key for.
Supply Call Stations in the Entrance
Whether or not you opt for keyless entry, make sure that there is also a call station (i.e. Doorbird) in the entryway. This will provide access for parents who forget their credentials as well as others, like delivery people or potential new clients. The call station should connect to a staff member who screens visitors before providing access.
Staffed Front Desk
Having someone at the front desk of your daycare ensures customer service as well as security. This person is an extra set of eyes to watch over things and confirm no one suspicious enters the building. You can even place a panic button, behind the desk, that the staff can press if someone suspicious gains entry.
When anyone arrives at the facility, they should have to sign in and out. This is a simple yet effective way to keep track of movement and protect everyone. If you're using a keyless entry system the data will be tracked for you in an access log—that way it won't hassle parents who have issued a mobile key to a family member to pick up their child; only delivery men or visitors will need to sign in, as opposed to everyone.
Just like any other business, a daycare should have intruder alarms set up. This will ensure no one enters the building when it's closed, whether to steal somethingor do anything else.