Should daycare sign-in/out sheets be ...

Should daycare sign-in/out sheets be accessible to parents at their request?

Created by OpinionsPlease on Jun 28, 2010

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OpinionsPlease

Chapmanville, WV

#1 Jun 28, 2010
Most daycare facilities have a sign-in/sign-out sheet that parents or caregivers have to sign when dropping off or picking up their child.

It is a common assumption shared by most, if not all, parents that should something happen, the daycare facility would be more than happy to disclose who dropped off or picked up your child on a certain date. However, based upon my recent experience, this may not be the case!

I recently went through a divorce. I have joint legal custody of my child. I pay for half of my child's daycare expenses. Several months ago, during the divorce process, I politely asked my child's daycare provider if I could view my child's sign-in sheets so that I could have solid records of my child's routine in case it was needed in court. I was told yes, but that the records weren't in order and for me to come back the following week. However, when I inquired about the sheets the following week, I was told that the records were private. I felt as if the daycare provider discriminated against me and refused to provide access to these records because the records reflected negatively upon my ex.

I'm seeking objective opinions on this matter. Should the daycare provider allow me to view my child's sign-in/sign-out sheets?

How would you feel if you were in a similar situation and you were told that your child's sign-in sheets were private and that you couldn't view them? Is it not a parent's RIGHT to know who picks up their child each day?

Also, if you have a child in daycare, you may want to call your provider and make sure that the sign-in sheets for your child are viewable by you at any time!

Has anyone around here ever ran into this situation? Has anyone been allowed to view their child's sign-in/sign-out sheets at their request?

Please vote and comment. Thank you.
OpinionsPlease

Chapmanville, WV

#2 Jun 28, 2010
If you vote no, please post an explanation as to why you feel this way. Thank you.
My Opinion

Prestonsburg, KY

#3 Jun 28, 2010
Parents should have access to anything pertaining to their children. Parents can request medical records of their child with no questions ask. Why not a sign in/out sheet? Sounds like they are trying to hide something.
yes

Prestonsburg, KY

#4 Jun 28, 2010
yes i think you should be able to get them, i would talk to a lawyer or somebody with legal advice to c if you have a right to do so.. i wouldn't let it just go at that.. that is your child and you should have a right to know! i know i would if it were my child. and i would also check the dates on them real carefully to make sure they don't leave any of them out.
Another view

United States

#5 Jun 29, 2010
The privacy laws that are in effect may prevent access to the sign in/out sheets with other childrens names on them. In order to have complete access a provider may have to have a seperate sheet for each kid and providers may not want the extra work of creating a sheet for each child. Normally the sign in/out sheet is like a list of names of the child and the person dropping off or picking up the child. Know this is how it has been in the past and maybe it is time for a change.
parent

Elkview, WV

#6 Jun 29, 2010
why do you think they discriminated you over your ex? did they provide your ex with the papers and not you? if not, then there was no discrimination.

you don't need the sign-in sheet to show your child's routine. all you would need are statements from his teachers/aides at the daycare facility. no need to intrude on other childrens/parents privacy.

if you really needed the sign in sheets, you could have had your lawyer obtain a court order to the day care and they would have to comply.

you can "view" any document a place has pertaining to your child, that doesn't mean you can "have" the document or a copy.

sign in sheets are not like medical records, as they reflect multiple children's activities. you don't have the right to have access to that, and daycare workers are too busy taking care of YOUR children to set and black out everything on a document not pertaining to your child. the workers have to protect the interests of ALL the children they care for, not JUST YOURS.

but like i said, if it had been that important to your case, you would have gotten your lawyer to get a court order for the document, not come on topix and complain.
OpinionsPlease

Chapmanville, WV

#7 Jun 29, 2010
Another view wrote:
The privacy laws that are in effect may prevent access to the sign in/out sheets with other childrens names on them.
If this is the case, then certainly those same "privacy laws" would prohibit a daycare from posting a daily/weekly sign-in/sign-out sheet right beside the front door of the facility! If a daycare is going to refuse to tell a PARENT who picked up THEIR child due to "privacy laws", then they need to have separate sign-in sheets for each child and they most certainly should NOT post the sheets for any STRANGER to see right beside the front door. If someone is going to refuse to tell a parent who picked up their child due to "privacy laws" then they need to actually follow these so-called "privacy laws" instead of just using "privacy laws" as a way for them to dictate which parents they want to give information to.

At one point in my conversation with the daycare provider, I was actually told in one sentence that the sign-in sheets couldn't be viewed due to privacy laws, and then in the next sentence I was told that if I wanted to keep up with my child, I needed to just walk in the door each day and look at the sign-in sheet by the door! How ridiculous is this?

I understand that they are busy, and I never intended to add extra work to them. I politely asked if I could "view" the sheets and I was originally told yes, but that I would have to do it another day. I even told them that I would just need 5 minutes to view them and it wouldn't bother them at all. I thanked them, returned home, printed off calendars with checkboxes for each person who picks up my child on each day so that I could quickly go through the sheets, update my records, and then be done with it. However, when I returned the following week and asked if I could view the sheets, I was told no. I wasn't allowed to view the sheets. I wasn't allowed to ask questions about the sheets. I was denied any knowledge of who had picked up or dropped off my child. Privacy laws were in reality never an issue.

In my situation it was obvious as to the real reason why the sheets weren't disclosed to me. The daycare provider kept making comments such as, "I feel that you will use the records against your ex in court." That is what REALLY upset me. It had NOTHING to do with privacy laws. This was evident by the comments made and the fact that I was originally told that I could view the information, but then I was later told that I could not. The daycare provider simply did not want ME to have the information simply because they wanted to protect my ex in court, and that is unethical, immoral and downright sickening.

I hope and pray to God that they are never put in a similar situation and have someone deny them access to vital information regarding their child for no reason other than spite.

ANY PARENT REGARDLESS OF GENDER OR FAMILIAL SITUATION DESERVES ACCESS TO ANY INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THEIR CHILD!

The purpose of my posting on Topix is not to bash the daycare, as I haven't posted any names. I am truly just interested in hearing everyone's opinion on the matter. Surely this is more discussionworthy than 99% of the other topics on this forum.

Does anyone have a similar experience to share? Have you ever tried to call your daycare and ask who picked up your child on a certain day the previous week? If not, try it and see if they will tell you. Then post here and let us know. Thank you.
Day care provider

United States

#8 Jun 29, 2010
As a former provider I can't tell you how many times parents wanted me to help them with info about the other parent concerning their custody battles. This is the story: A provider hears two sides of the story, and believe me there are three sides, yours, theirs and the truth. When placed in this position I adivised parents to keep a calendar in the car with all the days marked that they dropped off or picked up their child for whatever reason. This is considered a permanent record and it is easy to do. Keep your own records and then your day care provider does not have to help either side. Believe me, it is easier this way. Day Care providers want what is best for the child and does not want to placed in a position to be on either parents side. Just something to consider. As for should records be accessible? A sign in sheet next to the door (and someone looks at it) is not like giving a copy of all the childrens names on it. I know that the only way I would give a copy is if I would have had a separate sheet for each child. That way all the privacy laws are intact and the provider will not be breaking any privacy laws.
OpinionsPlease

Chapmanville, WV

#9 Jun 29, 2010
Thank you for your input, Daycare Provider.

I never asked for copies of any records. All I ever wanted was to view the sheets for just a minute to update my records. That is all.

If you were my child's provider, would you have allowed me to view the sheets for just a few minutes?

“Troll Stomper”

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#10 Jun 30, 2010
With what little education I have of privacy laws and the responsibilities of care takers such as a day care, I would say that not only are they legally obligated to provide you with such information upon request, they could be liable for a lawsuit if they refuse to provide such records. As the child's parent you should have access to any and all records regarding your child, which would include said sign in/out sheet. If they won't provide one, I'd tell them they can expect papers from a lawyer demanding such.
Once and for all

Chapmanville, WV

#11 Jun 30, 2010
BC Doofy wrote:
With what little education I have of privacy laws and the responsibilities of care takers such as a day care, I would say that not only are they legally obligated to provide you with such information upon request, they could be liable for a lawsuit if they refuse to provide such records. As the child's parent you should have access to any and all records regarding your child, which would include said sign in/out sheet. If they won't provide one, I'd tell them they can expect papers from a lawyer demanding such.
WRONG!!!
If it's a private, independent daycare, not accepting govt. benefits,their policies will be upheld, as long as they do not discriminate based on race, sex, etc.
Now AV

Chapmanville, WV

#12 Jun 30, 2010
David,
I have moved on. You should too and stop whining. Get some friends and get out of the house. You complain too much. It's not very becoming of you. It's also a sign of weakness to everyone, most of all the opposite sex.

“Troll Stomper”

Level 2

Since: Mar 10

Location hidden

#13 Jun 30, 2010
Once and for all wrote:
<quoted text>
WRONG!!!
If it's a private, independent daycare, not accepting govt. benefits,their policies will be upheld, as long as they do not discriminate based on race, sex, etc.
You are clueless aren't you. Private daycare, doctor's offices, and any other business that requires a license to operate, and even the ones that don't are all required by law to adhere to national information privacy acts. It makes no difference if they receive government money or not. They still have to get a license from the government, and are well within jurisdiction of any act of congress. Which would include the national privacy of information acts. Mainly HIPAA.
Bout time

Chapmanville, WV

#14 Jun 30, 2010
Trust BC Doofy. She's either a Mowery or a friend or relative. They know how to file frivolous lawsuits. Always have a hand out.
Ummm

Chapmanville, WV

#15 Jun 30, 2010
There is not a single law that would prevent a daycare worker from telling a parent who picked up their child on certain days. It's a parent's right to know where their child is.

If I had a child in daycare and they refused to tell me who picked up my child, I would go NUTS! And my child would NEVER go back to that daycare.
pooh2010

Canada

#16 May 17, 2011
Sign-in/out sheets for parents to view and signed themselves are a licensing requirement. Contact your area Health department or licensing department, and make a report of this, I run I daycare myself and this is Not right, something is wrong, make a complaint.
I'm always running after parents to please sing in/out there children,because it is also the parents responsibility to sign that sheet, so I would say... call licensing.

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