Signs and Symptoms when sick:
- Fever of 100.4 or greater (parents will be called)
- Decreased Appetite
Note: every child is different based on symptoms; we will asses at that time.
Children must be fever-free, UNMEDICATED, for at least 24 hours before they may return to daycare; and must be symptom-free for a minimum of 48 hours after experiencing vomiting or diarrhea.
WECC can be expected to create an “allergy-safe” environment. In our centre, we have at times children who are at risk for potentially life-threatening allergies. Our centres anaphylaxis plan is designed to ensure that children at risk are identified, strategies are in place to minimize the potential for accidental exposure, and staff, students and volunteers are trained to respond in an emergency situation.
At the same time of registration, parents are asked about medical conditions, including whether children are at risk of anaphylaxis and asthma. All staff (includes full time, part time and supply)
- Inform the Executive Director of their child’s allergy (and asthma)
- Before the child attends the centre, complete medical forms and the anaphylaxis procedure, contact information, and consent to administer medication and is signed by the parent and child’s physician. This document is to be reviewed, updated where applicable and signed again by the key areas such as in the child’s playroom, the office, and the food preparation and serving areas and a copy attached to the child’s emergency card.
- Advise the Centre in writing if their child has outgrown an allergy or no longer requires an epinephrine auto-injector. (A note from the child’s allergist or physician is also required.)
In order to avoid children coming into WECC in the mornings with peanut butter or other nut products on their hands and faces; it is asked that if parents and/or guardians give their children any nut product prior to arriving at the daycare their hands and faces be thoroughly washed (and clothing change if necessary). If any nut product is present on any child entering the Centre, staff are instructed to send the child home with the parent to be cleaned up. Under no circumstances may the child be cleaned up within the premises of WECC due to the potential risk of leaving trace/allergen behind. Given that anaphylaxis can be triggered by minute amounts of allergen when ingested, children with a food allergy must be highly supervised and encouraged to follow certain expectations:
- Wash their hands before and after eating
- Not to share food, utensils or containers
- To place food on a napkin, wax paper or plate rather than in direct contact with the table.
- Tables are carefully wiped with appropriate disinfectant after each food experience (i.e. snacks, meals, etc.)
- All children, staff, students and volunteer’s immunizations must be up to date
- All medications are safely stored and administered properly
- All children’s health and physical wellness is observed upon arrival and monitored throughout the day
- Toys and equipment are cleaned and sanitized regularly
- WECC follows KFL&A Public Health guidelines for childhood illnesses, alerts and recalls
- We believe that physical activity is essential for a child’s good health and mental well being
- During both indoor and outdoor play, both gross motor, fine motor and quiet activities are available
- Our educators regularly engage in games and active play
- All activities are modified to incorporate individual needs
- Cots are provided for all children at rest time with comfortable sheets and blankets from their home.
- Classrooms are calm and quiet with soothing music
- Children who wake are given quiet activities in a designated area of the room that does not disturb other children resting.