Local Daycare Makes Sure Toys Are Safe

By: Sarah Goebel Email
By: Sarah Goebel Email

Parents everywhere are thinking twice before they buy anymore toys.

Mattel recalled 9-million toys on Aug. 14. and some of those include Polly Pocket sets and Batman action figures.

The toys were recalled because they could contain lead paint and small magnets that may be harmful to children.

This is the second recall in two weeks for Mattel.

One and a half-million Fisher-Price toys were also taken off the shelves because they contained lead paint.

Though no kids have been hurt, we looked into how one local daycare makes sure their toys are safe.

Kimberly Rovy is in charge of about 20 kids everyday at the Learning Ladder.

"We don't want small toys getting into the younger children's hands for them to eat, swallow or get choked on," said Kimberly Rovy, Director of the Learning Ladder.

Young children like Alexis Church.

"I like baby dolls," Alexis exclaimed.

"Dora is so popular with little girls here. They bring the Dora dolls in for show and tell," Rovy explained.

She had to get rid of several Dora and Sesame Street toys she thinks might be harmful to Alexis and the other children.

"We took more steps than we should have by pulling the toys that we think, but may not be on the recall list," Rovy assured.

Kim also makes sure the kid's parents know about toy recalls because the kids might have them at home.

"We usually check the website for recalled toys once a month," she said.

But that's not all she does to keep these kids safe.

"Our first step is to make sure the toy is safe for the age group we're buying them for. The next thing we do is make sure the toy is developmentally appropriate," Rovy continued.

Kim said her kids have never been hurt by a recalled toy before and hopefully they never will.

For recall information on the toys click here.

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