Ms. Lana's Comforts Of Home Childcare

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Sick Policy 09-10

 

It is that time of year again, so please take the time to look over our sick policy. For 09/10 cold season

 

Sickness

Dear Parents

Mary had a little lamb,
she also had the flu.
And when she left my day care,
the others had it too.
So anytime your child is sick,
please keep her home with you.
Then the children in my care
will be happier and healthier too!

~ Author Unknown ~

 

Under no circumstances will parents be allowed to bring a sick child to our home. Reason being is because sick children expose other children, as well as myself and my family, to the spread of their illness and require additional care and attention that I am unable to give to just one child throughout the course of a day. It is better for sick children to be cared for by their parents in the comfort of their own homes where they can rest properly and recover faster. If other children become ill due to exposure to your sick child, either because he/she was returned to child care before full recovery or because he/she was not picked up promptly upon notice of becoming ill, other parents will be unnecessarily inconvenienced. We would really appreciate it if all parents consider and understand why we are not able to care for sick children.

The following illness policies will be strictly enforced, for the health, well being ,safety of all concerned and also those work related.

Fever A child needs to be fever free for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to childcare; that means the child is fever free without the aid of Tylenol or any other fever reducing substance. Diarrhea Runny or watery stools, or 2 or more loose stools within last 4 hours Vomiting, Consistant cough, Runny nose,( this means that I have to continually wipe their noses over and over. Which make is unsanitary for others) Runny and/or Crusty Eyes Watery, matted, and/or red/pink eyes or unexplained rash are not acceptable in childcare.

Your child will not be accepted into childcare if he/she has had any of the above symptoms within the last 24 hours. A sick child should be allowed to recover fully after an illness so that other children in the group do not risk exposure and so that the child is able to fully participate in childcare activities. If you are unable to remain at home with your sick child it will be necessary for you to make substitute child care arrangements at your own expense you will not receive a refund or discount on your childcare fee for the days your child stays home sick or is sent home sick. If your child becomes ill while in my care, I will notify you immediately. You are required to pick up your child within 60 minutes of notification. If you cannot be reached then your emergency contact will be called to pick up your child asap.

If your child is out ill regular fees still apply. I reserve the right to determine when a child should be sent home due to illness. Children may return to care 24 hours after symptoms of illness end or with written authorization from your doctor stating the name of illness and when child may return to group care. Please notify me as soon as possible when your child becomes ill so that I may notify the other parents

If your child is thought to have a communicable disease, you will be notified and asked to pick him her up. He/she will be isolated from the other children and given special attention and comfort until you arrive. Your child will be accepted back into care when no longer contagious. All other parents will be notified of the possibility of a communicable disease and what symptoms to watch for

If someone in my family has any of the above symptoms, I will call you the previous evening, or as soon as I am aware of the situation, so that you may determine whether or not you want your child exposed to such symptoms

Many times the childcare may get blamed for the illness of a child, meaning that I have "allowed" sick children to come here. Parents may not stop to think that when sick children are brought to my home, my entire family is also at risk of exposure. I will always respect your need to be at work. I ask, however, that when deciding if your child should be at home, you give consideration to the other children. Ask yourself how you would feel if another child were as ill as your child. Would you want your well child exposed to these symptoms?

 

 

 

Here is a list of ways I help to reduce/ eliminate sickness in the care home

 

Through this time of year I have a very strict cleaning and hand washing routine. When my children come in from school their shoes are removed at the door and they are sent to the restroom to wash their hands.

 

I ask that any person coming into the home that needs to come in and walk around the home to please remove his/her shoes

 

No shoes at any time maybe worn in the play areas or bedrooms of the care home.

 

We wash our hands after bathroom use, after going outside, and before/after eating.

 

Stuff animals are put away during this time of year

 

I wash nap time blankets 3x’s per week

 

Floors are clean a minimum of 2x’s per day

 

The bathrooms are sanitized at the close of each day

 

I wash all doll clothing home play washables 1 time a week

 

I daily sanitize and disinfect all toys.

 

Trash is removed 3 times per day

 

Hand sanitizer is placed at adult levels throughout the home for visitors.

I have only had to close 2 days in 4 years due to the spread of illnesses. I believe I do as much as I can to prevent the spread of colds and other illness’s. With your help by being aware of sickness’s in your own home we can reduce any illnesses and work related concerns .

 

If you have any questions regarding this policy, please feel free to contact me at 368-4055

 

Thanks

Mrs. Lana

 

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