We can only care for children with mild cold like symptoms that are otherwise feeling and acting well. Mild cold like symptoms are clear runny nose, slight cough, and a slight or no fever. If you are not sure if your child should be brought to SING Childcare, then please call and check.
If a child becomes ill during childcare hours the parents will be contacted to pick up their child. Parents need to pick up their children within one hour of being notified. If parents are not available, the emergency contact person will be notified. Note: Once the child is removed from daycare due to illness, they may not return to daycare until symptoms requiring removal are no longer present. The child must also be void of any contagious disease, unless accompanied by a doctor's note stating the illness in question is not contagious, and the child is other wise feeling well enough to participate in our daily schedule.
Guidelines For Children Requiring Exclusion From Daycare
A child with any of the following illnesses must be completely free of any symptoms before returning to daycare. If the child is taking antibiotics for an illness, the child may return to daycare after the initial 24 hours of beginning antibiotics as long as he or she has a slight to no fever (under 100F under the arm), no longer contagious, and is otherwise feeling well enough to participate in our daily schedule. Signs of illness include the following; unusual lethargy, irritability, persistent crying for no reason, runny nose (more than clear), cough (more than slight), difficulty breathing, diarrhea, vomiting, mouth sores, rashes (note from doctor stating non-contagious is ok), pink eye, chicken pox, mumps, measles, roseola, hepatitis A, impetigo, lice, ringworm, scabies, strep throat, scarlet fever, tuberculosis, shingles, and any other contagious disease or rash. Any child with a fever of 100 degrees or above, orally (in the mouth), or axillary (under the arm), may not attend daycare. State law requires that we notify parents of children who have been exposed to certain contagious diseases. Please notify us if your child becomes infected, so a note can be posted. Note: A fever in and of itself is not all bad (given that it is not too high). A fever is your bodies natural way of trying to protect it self against a virus or bacteria attacking it. Illnesses that cause fevers cannot live in our body's abnormally hot environment. However, a fever is an obvious indicator that the child is sick and possibly contagious, therefore possibly requiring exclusion from childcare. You can refer to this official document for detailed information. Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standard; 3.6.1 page 81.
If your child needs to be medicated in order to get through the day, and be able to comfortably participate in activities, then they may be too sick to attend childcare.
Certain doctor prescribed medications can be given to the children, if the child is no longer contagious, and only if the medication consent form has been signed. For example; antibiotics for ear infections etc. and Tylenol for pain associated with bumps or bruises (never to bring down a fever) and antibiotics after fever has broken, etc. Please feel free to consult with us on which medications we will administer.
Parents are required to fill out the proper forms and to supply all medications in their original containers. Prescriptions must be labeled with the child's name.
Medical and Dental Emergency Procedures
Minor bumps and scratches are inevitable, but we make every effort to keep children safe through supervision and childproofing. Emergency information is kept on file at the childcare. In case of illness or injury this information will be used to notify you or the person designated by you, of your child's status. If your child is injured while at the childcare, first aid will be administered. If treatment by a doctor is necessary, every effort will be made to contact you or the doctor you have chosen to treat your child. In all cases, an injury report is completed, and a copy is given to the parents as well as the Department of Social Services.
Authorization for emergency treatment must be signed at the time of enrollment to ensure that in the event of an emergency, we can make sure your child receives the necessary emergency treatment your child needs. It is very important that all emergency contact information is kept up to date and correct. Parents are responsible for all costs involved in emergency medical treatment, including emergency transportation if required. Note: In case of a serious accident or sudden illness requiring immediate medical attention, the following procedures will be followed.
A phone call to 911 is made.
Child's parents (or emergency contacts) are called.
Child is separated from the other children and appropriately cared for.
Parent or ambulance takes the child and health records to the doctor or hospital.