Health & Safety Policy

CHILD ILLNESS

It is important to keep your child out of care in the case of illness. This prevents the spread of illness to other children and staff while keeping our daycare running smoothly. A child is too sick to attend care if they do not feel well enough to participate comfortably in the daily routine and activities. Parents will be called to pick up their child or make other arrangements for them to be picked up.

The following symptoms should indicate that a child should stay home from care to avoid e spread of illness or infections to others:

  • Fever above 100 degrees: Children may not return to care until they have been fever free without Tylenol or any other fever reducer for at least 24 hours. This means your child will not be allowed in care on the day following a fever.

  • Diarrhea: More than 2 loose stools in a 24 hour period. If a child has 2 or more loose stools in a day he/she will be sent home.

  • Vomiting: Anytime a child is vomiting in care he/she will be sent home.

  • Pink Eye: A child will not be allowed in care until he/she has been seen by a physician and had 24 hour treatment. Your child may not attend care unless they have a doctor slip stating that he/she may return to care.

  • Head Lice: Parents will be informed and the child should be treated by the parent or care giver. After treatment the child may return to care on the next day with a doctor’s slip stating that he/she may return to care.

  • Scabies or Chicken Pox: The child cannot return to care until after treatment has begun and the sore have crusted over. The return of the child must also be approved by a physician followed by a doctor’s slip stating that he/she may return.

We assess every child’s health by talking with parents and monitoring for symptoms during the course of each child’s day with us. We increase assessment during Flu season. Notifying parents when a child isn’t well is protocol.

EMERGENCIES

We have an emergency evacuation plan that is regularly practiced so that children are ready in the event of an emergency. We also have monthly fire drills.

FEEDING

  • All perishable food is refrigerated.

  • Our menu is planned so that your child has nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day.

  • We welcome breastfeeding mothers, and we have careful policies for separating breast milk from formula.

  • No open jar food will be allowed for feeding. It must be sealed.

  • All infant bottles must be labeled with the child’s name on them.

MEDICATION

We have strict policies for administering medication to your child to ensure safety.

  • Based on new research about healthy practices for infants and toddlers, we require a doctor’s note for any medication, prescriptions or over the counter, given to all children in our care to ensure safety. 

  • An authorization form must be filled out to administer any forms of medicine. A separate form must be filled out for each medication given.

  • Forms need to be renewed every year unless the dosage changes. When the dosage changes a new form will need to be filled out.

  • A doctor needs to prescribe any form of medicine before it can be given, accompanied by a doctor’s slip. If not, we will not give medication to a child.

  • Any types of cream ointments, or gels will not be applied to children unless a signed form is filled out and given to the administrator.

  • Authorization forms for Diaper Rash Ointments, Creams, Eczema, Sun Screen, Chapstick, Vaseline etc., must be filled out and returned to the center in order for these products to be administered.

  • Medication sent with a child to our center will not be administered.

  • Open medication or medication with the seal broken will not be accepted. All medication must be sealed and labeled with your child’s name on it, in order for us to receive and properly administer it.

SANITATION

  • The classroom is cleaned each day.

  • We encourage each child to wash his/her hands throughout the day by counting, singing songs and teaching lessons about health & hygiene.

  • When diapering each diaper is disposed in a closed container outside of the classroom, separate from the children’s play area.

SECURITY

  • When someone other than the parent is picking up a child, ID is required as well as a note or phone call from the parent stating who will be picking the child up.

  • We use safety gates and electric outlet caps to ensure maximum safety.

  • We have smoke detectors and fire extinguishers throughout our facility in case of an emergency.

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