Each child must have a recent medical examination by a physician before he or she can be enrolled. If the child is under six-months old, the medical examination should be within 15 days before starting day care. Each child should have an annual physical on file at the Center hereafter. The medical examination must include current immunizations per New York State Health Department requirements. Immunization reminders will be sent to parents periodically to update files. Children with a chronic illness such as asthma, diabetes, febrile seizures, etc. should have written instructions by a physician regarding any special procedures, observation or treatment.
Allergies need to be documented by a physician. Since classes go outside daily, the Center needs to be aware of allergies to outdoor environment (e.g. bee stings, pollen, etc.). If a child is on a special diet, i.e., milk-free, the Center needs a written note by the physician. Parents are required to provide food substitutions in cases where the child cannot eat Center foods. Weekly menus are available so changes can be dealt with in advance.
Staff may administer medication to a child only when there is a note from the physician. The note must have the child's name, the name of the medication, time to be given, and amount to be given, and number of days to be given. Medication must be in the original prescription container and be for a specific condition accompanied by the above note. This applies to prescription and non-prescription medications. Some over-the-counter medications such as Vaseline, A&D, Desitin, sunscreen, etc. require a note from the parent only.
In order to sustain a healthy environment parents will be contacted to pick up their child. If any of the following occurs: a fever of 101° or higher, excessive diarrhea or vomiting, unexplained rash, etc. When it is required to send a child home, an Illness Report will be completed and signed by the parent. Any ill child needs to be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to the Center (no fever for 24 hours without medication). Some illnesses require that children be on medication for appropriate amounts of time before they return to the Center (i.e. strep). Children should stay home until they feel well enough to participate in all activities including going outside. Parents should speak with their child's physician to determine when their child can return to BCDC. In the case of communicable disease, please call the office to let us know when your child will return.
Teachers are required to complete an Incident Report for ANY injuries a child may sustain while in our care. The Incident Report explains any minor injuries or treatment your child might have had during the day. An Illness Report is filled out when your child is sent home sick.
All Illness and Incident forms are reviewed by the health advocate/nurse before filing and must be signed by parent or guardian.