ERIC Number: ED336188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-16
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Accidental Injuries among Children in Day Care Centers and Family Day Care Homes.
Snow, Charles W.; And Others
For this study, information was obtained about accidential injuries among children in day care centers (DCC) and family day care homes (DCH) in North Carolina. An Accident Survey Questionnaire was used to report injuries that required treatment by a staff member, doctor, or nurse. Results of data analyses showed that: (1) falls were the leading cause of injuries in DCCs, and falls and human bites were the leading causes of injuries in DCHs; (2) the equipment most frequently associated with DCC injuries was playground climbing structures; (3) injuries for DCCs and DCHs were almost evenly divided among outdoor and indoor locations; (4) abrasions and cuts were the most commonly reported injuries overall; (5) the head and upper extremities were the most frequently injured parts; and (6) the two most hazardous days of the week were Thursday and Wednesday for both DCC and DCH. Results showed injury rates to be almost twice as high in DCHs as in DCCs; however, DCHs had a better record regarding severity of injuries. Data from previous investigations indicates that children may be safer in day care than they are at home or in other settings. (SH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Family Day Care Systems; North Carolina
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Southern Association on Children under Six (Atlanta, GA, March 16, 1991).