Losing Things at the Day Care

Updated on August 25, 2010
K.R. asks from Fort Lauderdale, FL
11 answers

I have a question. When I went to pick my son at the day care they said that somebody took his Lunch Box that I bought last week with everything inside. His Water Bottle, plate and thermos food jar. That maybe was a new parent (first day of class). They said that they hope the parent realized and bring it back the next day.
My son has been in this daycare for 4 years. They said that they are not responsible for the material things, that they can't avoid these things happen.
I don't think so...If it doesn't come back, can I ask the daycare to reimburse me for it?
Please give me your opinion.

What can I do next?

  • Add yourAnswer own comment
  • Ask your own question Add Question
  • Join the Mamapedia community Mamapedia
  • as inappropriate
  • this with your friends

So What Happened?

Thanks everybody for your replies.
They found the lunchbox in another room. I don't know how it got there...but I am very happy that I got it!!!

Featured Answers



answers from Portland on

How frustrating. I'm almost certain it will come back. I've had this happen to me and mine over the years and most of the time taking it was just a mistake.

Most contracts state that the school or organization or what ever the group is state that they are not responsible for lost or stolen items. You'll probably find a sign posted stating this fact unless it's an in home day care.

More Answers



answers from Dallas on

Unfortunately it happens all the time. My 8 yr old has been in daycare off and on since he was 6 weeks old. He has lost a few jackets, lunch box, etc. Most of the time they did make it back to us,luckily due to honest parents. Unfortunately this day and age, there alot of parents who don't care and don't pay attention. However, I don't expect the daycare to be liable for that, they can't watch every single kids belongings that come in and out of the daycare. I doubt they would reimburse you. Make sure the daycare is aware of it and on the lookout for the specific item. Our daycare even puts up a sign on the front doors, etc if someone is missing something.

3 moms found this helpful


answers from Phoenix on

I'd let it go and not ask for reimbursement but definately let them know about it. These things happen every now and then. Hopefully, it won't keep happening!

2 moms found this helpful


answers from Charlotte on


2 moms found this helpful


answers from Phoenix on

If you have been going there for 4 years and this is the first time something like this happened, I would not make a big fuss about it. You don't want bad feelings and possible that showing itself in the treatment of your son. Sometimes you have to pick your battles and this may be one of those times.

That being said, I would just ask the staff to keep an eye out for it. Although if it was stolen, I'm sure an older child is using it for school and it will not show up again.

Good luck!

1 mom found this helpful


answers from Honolulu on

*Adding this: A good way to label kids things is to use Sharpie pen. Permanent ink. Because, tags can be taken off. I label everything my girl takes to school.
Also, if a parent did take it by mistake, then there would have been 1 extra lunch box left, at Daycare that was NOT taken home.
But if not, then someone, took TWO lunch boxes home or something....

Was your son's things labeled with his name? If so, I would find it REAL hard, to 'believe' that a parent/child could have taken it by mistake, unless your son's Lunch Box was EXACTLY like that other kid's.

And, it was not returned.

The Daycare said someone took it... was that by mistake or stolen????
How do they know?

I don't think it is their responsibility to pay for it.
Things like this happens at Daycare and schools too.

Some people steal. Some take it by mistake. But if by mistake, you would think, the person would have returned it to the Daycare. ESPECIALLY if your son's name was on it.

all the best,

1 mom found this helpful


answers from Miami on

If the daycare says they are not responsible, I'm willing to bet they will not reimburse you BUT I would ask them anyway. The worst thing they can say is no. Have you put your child's name on everything in black magic marker? I know this is frustrating. My children have never been in daycare, but these kind of things in school so I put their names on everything. Whoever is the director or the "one in charge" of the daycare, I would ask that person. Good luck!



answers from Tampa on

As frustrating as this is; if the daycare tells you up front they aren't responsible for lost items you really don't have any recourse. I'm sure someone will bring it back. I mean, really. Who steals a child's lunchbox? It's not like they can use it for their child. It already has your kid's name on it.



answers from Tallahassee on

Hi there, this has happened with my son's stuff before. It was one of his shoe incerts. (Those are expensive) they did end up finding it in a toybox. My daycare also sends a note home with all the parents re: the item that was missing. Maybe yours will do that. These things just happen and I don't think it is daycare's fault.



answers from Miami on

Remember that the teachers are there for the care of your child and while they do a pretty good job keeping track of the child's belonging they are not responsible if something gets lost or broken.



answers from Tampa on

Try mabelslabels.com. They're stickers to put on your child's items. They have a special going on until September 24th.

For Updates and Special Promotions
Follow Us

Related Questions