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Health and Wellness

Child Illness

Your child’s health is important to us.  It is necessary that parents have alternative plans for the care of their child if their child is ill.

Children must be kept home if they present the following symptoms:

  1. Fever
  2. Persistent dry cough
  3. Heavy nasal discharge
  4. Symptoms of a contagious disease
  5. See Health – Contagious Diseases, below

Parents are required to inform the centre of their child’s absence and symptoms so that all documentation may be completed.

Should your child need to be picked up due to illness, you will be required to do so within an hour of the Center contacting you.

In March 2005, the Department of Education 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.

Contagious Diseases

To help us maintain a healthy environment for all children, you must keep your child home if they show any of the following symptoms:

  1. Diarrhea – Your child should not return to the centre until free of watery loose stools for 24 hours.
  2. Vomiting – Your child should not return until vomiting has stopped for 24 hours.
  3. 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.
  4. Head Lice – Your child must be absent until 1st treatment is complete and no evidence of live lice.
  5. 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 infections and symptoms in the attachments.

Admin of Medication

Country Kids Day Care will administer both prescription and non-prescription drugs to children in accordance with provincial legislation. Parents are expected to provide the following:

Prescription Medication

  1. Signed authorization on the Admin of Medication Record including the dosage and times a prescription drug is to be administered.
  2. All Medication must be in the original bottle, clearly labeled with the child’s name, the doctor’s name, and the prescribed dosages.

Parents must fill out, sign and date the Medication authorization forms each time medication is given.

All medications must be given to day care staff and put into the lock box and then into Fridge or into cupboard. NOT left in back packs or cubbies.

Sun and Bug Protection

To protect children from skin damage, caused by harmful ultra violet rays, you must provide a hat for your child. 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 hypoallergenic sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ and bug spray for children. 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 their own personal bottle of sunscreen and the child will be required to apply it themselves