Illnesses and Medications: by Mollie H.
If your child becomes ill while in my care, he/she will be isolated from the other children, still within sight or sound of provider, and given special attention and comfort. You will be notified and will be required to pick your child up within an hour. If Parent(s) can not be contacted, emergency contacts will be notified and they will be required to pick up child. If reasonable efforts are not made to pick up a sick child, the child care contract is subject to immediate termination. This policy is for the health and safety of all concerned.
If your child is running a fever of 101.0 or up, then you must pick them up immediately and they will not be allowed to return to my care until 24 hours after the symptoms have ceased without medication. You must also have a release form from your doctor stating that your child is not contagious and may return to my daycare.
Also, if your child comes to my daycare and they have a runny nose which has a yellow or greenish discharge, and they are acting lethargic or cranky, this is a sign of some type of sinus infection or other illness and they need to be picked up immediately and taken to see a Dr. Your child will not be accepted back into my care until the mucous is either clear or completely gone. A doctors note will also be necessary to make sure that whatever your child had was not contagious.
No child in the contagious stages of a communicable disease may be accepted for care unless the child is the only child accepted for care during the period of contagion, or the other children present are not susceptible to the illness.
**If at my discretion your child is too sick to be in my care on any given day, I will not accept your child/children. (This is to protect the health of the other children)** Therefore it is the policy of Walnut Tree Childcare to not accept for care any child who exhibits the following:
Fever of 101 degrees or higher.
Runny nose with colored discharge
Excessive coughing, difficult or rapid breathing
Diarrhea (more than one abnormally loose stool within 24 hour period)
Unusually dark urine and/or gray or white stool and yellowish skin or eyes.
Discharge from eyes or ears (including conjunctivitis- pink eye.)
Vomiting- Do not bring your child if he/she has vomited within the past 24 hours
Lice- cases of lice must be treated and nit free before returning to care.
Communicable diseases- All cases require notification of parents of all children in my care as well as notification of the public health department.
Children with a mild cold can attend. They will be monitored carefully and if the cold reaches the point that the child is truly miserable (continuous cough, nose secretions not clear, fever over 100) you will be required to pick up your child immediately and keep the child home until they are symptom free for 24 hours. Masking your child’s symptoms with over-the-counter medications and bringing them to care anyway are grounds for immediate termination with loss of deposit and fees.
Before returning to care, your child must be free of all symptoms for 24 hours without the aid of medications. If your child has been absent from care due to an illness for 3 days or more, you must bring a doctor’s note indicating the child is well enough to return to care. Children requiring prescription medication for a contagious illness must stay home until the child has been on the medication for a period of 24 hours and no longer contagious to others.
Remember that these policies benefit your child as well as other children. Your cooperation is appreciated and will be rewarded with the assurance that all ill children will be kept at home. Ask yourself if you would want a child as sick as your own around your own healthy child when ill. Every precaution is taken to reduce spread of illness by encouraging hand washing and other sanitary practices.