Health and Wellness
The general health and safety of every child enrolled at Reaching for Rainbows is of great importance to all of us. We, therefore, must ensure that exposure to communicable illness, so easily spread in early childhood settings, be minimized. To do so, the following policies have been set in place and it is necessary that parents have alternative care arrangements for their child in the event he/she is unable to attend the centre due to illness.
According to the regulations, as defined in the Child Day Care Facilities Operator Standards, “all child day care facilities must…”refuse to admit any individual known to have an infectious disease during the exclusion period when the disease may be contagious as instructed by the Dept. of Health and Community Services…” (Section 6.1, Child Day Care Facilities Operator Standards, 1999).
NOTE: We ask that you please keep your child home if he/she shows any of the following symptoms of communicable illness:
Also, please be advised that any child showing any of these signs of illness, upon arrival at the centre, or at any time during the day, will be isolated from the other children and staff. Parent(s) will be contacted as soon as possible and asked to make arrangements for their child to be picked up from the centre. Should you be contacted to pick up your child, due to illness, you will be required to do so within an hour of the centre contacting you.
Unfortunately, it does sometimes happen that a child does not show any of the previously mentioned symptoms and therefore may attend the centre, exposing other children to a communicable illness. If you do find out that your child has a communicable illness and may have attended the centre during its incubation period, please contact us immediately so that we may notify other parents that their child(ren) may have been exposed.
Parents are required to inform the centre of their child’s absence and symptoms so that all documentation may be completed.
In March 2005, the Department of Social Development and Public Health issued the guide for managing illness (see attachments) in childcare facilities in New Brunswick. This guide has preventative procedures to ensure the health of all children and staff. The section titled Parent’s Role and Illness Exclusion Reference Guide will explain the policies and exclusion time frames.
If your child has been isolated from the centre due to illness, he/she may return to the centre only after the fever or other symptoms of illness have subsided.
To help us maintain a healthy environment for all children, you must keep your child home if they show any of the following symptoms:
- Diarrhea – Your child should not return to the centre until free of watery loose stools for 24 hours.
- Vomiting – Your child should not return until vomiting has stopped for 24 hours.
- Fever/Temperature – When your child’s temperature is above 38.5 degrees he/she is considered to have a fever. We require children stay home when they present with a fever in combination with another symptom of illness.
- Head Lice – Your child must be absent until 1st treatment is complete and there is no evidence of live lice.
- Pink Eye – Your child must see a doctor for prescribed medication and be absent until 24 hours after treatment has commenced and discharge ceased.
Please refer to Exclusion chart for more detailed lists of contagious illnesses and symptoms in the attachments.
COMMUNICABLE ILLNESS OUTBREAK RESPONSE
In order to minimize the transmission of communicable illness at the centre and ensure the availability of proper documentation in the event of an outbreak, the following measures will be taken by all staff:
Ensure that child day care facility attendance records are being maintained daily for each child attending the centre. The infant/toddler daily information sheet must also be maintained for each child, 35 months and under, attending the centre.
A list of all registered children and employees will be maintained, with up to date contact information, Medicare numbers and attendance format (i.e. FT, PT or AS), and be available to forward to Public Health in the event of an outbreak.
A copy of the 4 week cyclic menu will be maintained and available to forward to Public Health in the event of an outbreak, as well as, the source of water supply being used by the centre. Any other relevant information must also be addressed to Public Health, such as special events or field trips etc.
When illness occurs at the centre, the ill child or staff member will be isolated in the office until pickup by parent or guardian. The ill child or staff member will be excluded until, at least, 24hrs after his/her last symptom.
The child’s parent or guardian will be contacted immediately and advised of the child’s condition as well as the policy to have the child picked up within one hour.
A “Potential Illness Report Form” will be completed for the child and a copy given to the parent and the other copy shall be placed in the child’s file.
A copy of “Exclusion Reference Guide” will be given to the parent or guardian, with the explanation of when exclusion is necessary and notice that the child cannot return until exclusion procedures have been followed.
If 2 or more cases of diarrhea or vomiting occur within a 48 hour period, a report will be made to the Department of Health at 856-2401. In the event of a case of bloody diarrhea, a report will be made to the Department of Health immediately.
A notice will be posted to inform parents of the existence of a communicable disease.
Employees will be alerted to the outbreak and the increased need for scrupulous personal hygiene.
When there is an outbreak of illness, surfaces that could have become contaminated (such as linens, door handles, rails, bathroom taps and other common surfaces in children’s reach) will be scrupulously cleaned and sanitized. Sanitizer will be doubled during an outbreak of illness and well rinsed, in order to prevent a potentially toxic residue on sanitized surface areas.
The use of hand sanitizer will be increased for staff, visitors and children.
SUN AND BUG PROTECTION
To protect children from skin damage, caused by harmful ultra violet rays, we request that every child have a sun hat. Children are required to wear their hats during outside play. Children are encouraged to use available shade during outdoor activities and are provided with water at all times. School age children are required to bring a water bottle with them, so that they stay hydrated on outings and during activities.
The center supplies hypo allergenic sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ and bug spray for children (when necessary). Parents are required to sign a consent form to permit application. Should your child have an allergy, or other reasons for not using our product, you will be required to provide your child with his/her own personal bottle of sunscreen, labelled with his/her name.