Health Policies and Procedures

General Health Policy

We are not health care professionals, but we have been trained to recognize childhood illnesses, accidents and injuries that should be treated.  We will contact you immediately at the first sign of illness or medical emergency.  If you cannot be reached we will contact the emergency contact person you listed on your child’s information record.  Please keep these names, addresses and telephone numbers current.

If your child is staying home due to illness, please contact the Center before the scheduled time your child is to arrive.  To prevent the spread of infection, please make known the nature of the illness.  State law requires that we notify parents of children who have become exposed to certain contagious diseases.  In the case of absence due to illness, charges still incur for a scheduled attendance day.

Any health problems or allergies must be documented by the Center. You are therefore responsible to notify the Center of any health problems or allergies.  You are also responsible to notify the Center whenever medications are being given at home as to prevent drug interactions in the case of an emergency.

A health appraisal must be completed annually for children 2 weeks thru 2 & 1⁄2 years of age and every two years for children 2 & 1⁄2 through 5 years of age, as mandated by the local Health Department. Little Jungle Learning Center cannot allow a child with an expired health appraisal or incomplete immunization record to attend.  All health records are submitted to the local Health Department.

You may choose to waive certain or all immunizations for your child for religious, philosophical or medical reasons. The local Health Department requires that if a parent or guardian chooses to waive immunizations then a waiver will need to be completed by the parent, or doctor (if it is a medical reason), and be kept on file at the Center. A copy of the waiver will also be submitted to the local Health Department. It is your responsibility to inform the Center Director of any updates regarding immunizations.

A Health Appraisal must be completed upon enrollment.  An Immunization Waiver Form must also be completed if you wish to exempt your child from a particular vaccination.

 **Please see Health Appraisal and Immunization Waiver Form**

Child Illness 

Little Jungle Learning Center will contact you and request that you pick up your child within one hour if your child exhibits the following symptoms:

~Maintaining a temperature of 100.3 degrees F (taken under arm or on forehead) or more for more than 60 minutes (1 hour).  We will not be able to accept your child back into the Center until he/she has gone without fever for 24 hours without any fever-reducing medications.  Please remember that although Tylenol and other medications may keep the fever down, your child may still be contagious and may therefore contribute to deteriorating the health of other children and educators.

~Crying and complaining for a long period of time.  If your child is crying more than what is usual for him/her and does not seem to be responding in a normal manner that is characteristic of himself/herself, you will be contacted.

~Excessive bleeding or injury that requires medical attention.  This is considered a serious injury and we would follow protocol outlined under Emergency First Aid/Serious Accident/Injury Report.

If your child exhibits any of the following symptoms, a physician’s note is required in order for them to return to the Center.

~Excessive diarrhea for two consecutive diapering or toileting.  This is very important in regards to the hydration of infants and can indicate infection, even if there are no other signs of illness.

~Conjunctivitis or “pink eye”.  This infection is highly contagious.  Your child will not be allowed to return to the Center until a physician has released your child to return to the child care environment.  Also, all rest items must be taken home and washed.

~Vomiting in excess (atypical of infant spit-ups).  This symptom is indicative of several medical problems and/or infection.

~Strep throat, measles, chicken pox or any other communicable disease. These illnesses/diseases are highly contagious.

~Rash.  This does not include a mild diaper rash already known to you.

~Head lice.  The Center will contact you and request you pick up your child immediately and take him/her to be treated.  You are responsible to notify the Center is your child has head lice.  This will assist the Center in clearing the pests in a quicker, more efficient manner and also help to limit the spread to other children and educators.  Please inform the Center, in writing, of what action(s) you have taken with your child to ensure a lice-free head.

 **A note from a physician releasing your child to return to the child care environment must be on a prescription slip or office letter head.  It must include your child’s name, what illness he/she has recovered from, when your child can return to the child care environment and the physician’s signature.**

Medication Administration

A permission form must be filled-out for both prescribed and over-the-counter medications before any medication is administered.

Medication will be given under the following conditions:

~Prescribed medications: The following information must be on the original container via the original pharmacy label: child’s name, physician’s name, drug name, dosage directions/schedule and expiration date.

~Over-the-counter medications: Medication must be in the original container.  Written instructions must include the child’s name, dosage directions/schedule and reason for the medication to be given.  Examples may include, cough suppressant for coughing, pain reliever for teething, diaper cream for diaper rash, etc.  Please ensure that you are identifying the proper dosage for your child’s weight and age.

Written instructions must include the child’s name, dosage directions/schedule and reason for the medication to be given. Examples may include, cough suppressant for coughing, pain reliever for teething, diaper cream for diaper rash, etc. Please ensure that you are identifying the proper dosage for your child’s weight and age.

**Nebulizing medications, such as Albuterol, Budesonide or similar medications will not be administered to a sleeping child. During sleep, possible side effects may be unnoticeable, therefore, medication will not be administered during sleep.

**Please see Medication Permission and Instructions Form**

Hand-Washing

Hand-washing is the best way to protect against germs and bacteria.  We teach proper hand washing techniques to the children and require hand-washing after potty/diaper time, before and after snack and meal times, and after any contact with bodily fluids for both children and educator.  Hand-washing is also performed on an as-needed basis amongst children and educator alike.

Emergency Medical Treatment/First Aid/Serious Accident/Injury Report

All educators at Little Jungle Learning Center are certified in American Red Cross First Aid and adult, child, and infant CPR.  If a child is injured, we will follow all basic first aid measures applicable to the accident.  We will notify you, if necessary.  An ouch report will also be completed for all injuries/accidents and be sent to the email you provided upon enrollment.

If a serious injury occurs, you will be contacted first.  If you cannot be reached, the emergency contact identified on the information card will be contacted.  If neither of you can be reached within a timely manner, the physician identified on the information card will be contacted.  If the situation is immediate, we will call an ambulance and an educator will accompany your child.  You will be responsible for any incurred expenses.  Please make sure that your child’s information record is updated on a regular basis.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

All toys are cleaned and sanitized using the three step process. Please let the Center know if your child has been sick, as this will help us clean and sanitize more effectively and therefore help to protect other children from catching an illness through toy contact.

Infants under one year of age will be provided with a sleep sack by the Center. Should you not want your child to use a sleep sack, please notify the lead educator for your child’s habitat. In accordance with state licensing rules, soft objects, bumper pads, stuffed toys, blankets, quilts or comforters, or other objects that could smother a child shall not be placed with or under a resting or sleeping infant.  If the Center provides your child with a sleep sack it will be washed every Friday or more often if soiled.  If you provide your child’s sleep sack, it will be sent home every Friday to be washed and returned the following Monday.  (If your child does not attend the Center on Fridays, his/her sleep sack will be sent home on the last day he/she is in attendance for the week and should be returned the next day he/she is in attendance.  The same applies to holidays.)  Sleep sacks may be sent home more often if soiled.

Children over one year of age must be provided with a child-sized blanket for rest time.  Blankets will be sent home every Friday to be washed and returned the following Monday.  (If your child does not attend the Center on Fridays, his/her blanket will be sent home on the last day he/she is in attendance for the week and should be returned the next day he/she is in attendance.  The same applies to holidays.)  Blankets may be sent home more often if soiled.

If your child defecates in his/her pants, the Center will bag the item and place in your child’s locker. We will not rinse any item that is soiled. It is your responsibility to check your child’s locker for any soiled items. We will, however, attempt to alert you of these items. Please also check the drying racks for items used during the day that are needed for pick up.

Controlling Infection and Universal Precautions

The best universal precaution against germs is hand-washing.  However, hand-washing cannot control all infections.  You can assist us with controlling infection more effectively by keeping your child home when he/she has a temperature, diarrhea, a cough, a runny nose with green discharge (which indicates infection), and/or a communicable childhood disease.

 All educators at Little Jungle Learning Center are trained in Blood Borne Pathogens.

Sunscreen Policy

Given it is not too cold or too hot outside, your child will be going outside on a daily basis.  If you want our educators to apply sunscreen on sunny/hazy days, please complete the General Permission Form.  You must provide your child’s educator with sunscreen that is in its original outlining full instructions and clearly marked with your child’s name in permanent marker covered by tape.  We will notify you when your child needs more sunscreen via email.

**Please see General Permission Form**

Smoke and Tobacco Free Facility

We believe a smoke-free and tobacco-free facility will provide a healthier environment for employees, visitors, parents and children alike.  This philosophy underscores our commitment to support the health of our community.