Our Health Policy
Our health policy was developed for the well being of your child and other children attending the centre.
We do understand the difficulty of finding alternate care for sick children, but the health of every child must be our first consideration. To determine what is a significant illness in a child is difficult for both parents and staff. There are three important issues in determining when a child is too ill to attend:
- The protection of other children from communicable disease.
- The comfort and safety of the child who is ill.
- The capacity of the centre to look after an ill child.
Please keep your child at home if they:
- Have a fever of 100 Fahrenheit or 37.8 Celsius
- Have a cold with heavy discharge (clear or coloured)
- Have diarrhea, vomiting, nausea
- Having difficulty breathing or is wheezing
- Have infected eye (e.g. Pink eye) or skin infections (eg. Impetigo)
- Have an undiagnosed rash
- Displays symptoms of communicable disease: sniffles, red eyes, sore throat, headache, tummy ache, stiff neck or any of which are accompanied by fever. (e.g. Chicken pox, measles, mumps, scarlet fever.)
If you suspect that your child has a communicable disease, please take them to the doctor for verification. It is important to inform staff if your child does develop a communicable disease so that we can notify the other parents as well as the health unit.
Your child may return when:
- The fever has been gone for at least 12 hours
- The child has minimal clear discharge
- Vomiting and diarrhea has subsided for at least 24 hours
- They are ready to resume normal activities (including outside play)
A note from your doctor should accompany your child upon return to the centre if they have had injuries such as broken limbs, head injuries, sprains, etc. resulting from falls or accidents.
If your child becomes ill during the day, the parent/guardian will be notified immediately and will be required to arrange alternate care for the child. If we are unable to reach the parent/guardian, the emergency contact person will be notified.
It is our policy that we will administer prescription or non-prescription medication, if necessary. In order to administer prescription medication – it must be from a pharmacy labeled bottle. In order for us to administer non-prescription medication we require a note from your physician AND a “Permission to Administer Medication” form completed and in the child’s file before our staff will be able to administer any medication. Those children requiring puffers or an eppy pen must bring it with them each day.