Following the inquest on November 26, 2012 into the drowning of two- year old Jeremie Audette, the regional supervisor coroner for East Region, Roger Skinner, provided 16 recommendations to provide safer environments for children in child care. These recommendations were made to prevent deaths of this nature in the future.
Jeremie died while under the supervision of an unlicensed child care provider on July 28, 2010, as no one witnessed him entering the large pool in the backyard.
CBC News reports “Skinner said parents expect daycares to be equally safe, so he said either all daycares should be licensed, or all daycares, including unlicensed daycares, should be made safer.”
The Ottawa Citizen reported other recommendations included considering “the jury to ask themselves what can be done to improve or enhance safety at private or unlicensed day cares, including the ratio of adults to children.”
Another recommendation geared towards the Ontario Ministries of Education and Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care recommends that Ministries should create public education materials on the benefits of licensed child care.
Licensing ensures that regulations are followed, inspections are made regularly, and support is offered for the individuals running the child care space.
Improve daycare supervision rules, coroners say- CBC News
Inquest jury considers pool, day-care recommendations- Ottawa Citizen