ILLNESS POLICY

Under no circumstances will parents be allowed to bring a sick child to the daycare. Sick children expose other children, as well as our staff, to the spread of illness and require additional care and attention that we are unable to give. Moreover, sick children want care from their parents in the comfort of their own homes. If other children become ill due to exposure to your sick child, either because he/she was returned to child care before full recovery or because he/she was not picked up promptly upon notice of becoming ill, other parents will be unnecessarily inconvenienced. The following illness policies will be strictly enforced, for the health, well being and safety of all concerned.

SYMPTOMS REQUIRING REMOVAL OF CHILD FROM CHILDCARE

Fever: Fever is defined as having a temperature over 98.6°F taken under the arm, over 99.5°F taken orally, or over 100.4°F taken rectally. A child needs to be fever free for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to childcare; that means the child is fever free without the aid of Tylenol or any other fever reducing substance.

Diarrhea: runny or watery stools, or 2 or more loose stools within last 4 hours.
* As for infants with fevers and/or diarrhea and as it pertains to teething, we will only accept a child with these symptoms back into care after the child has seen a doctor and a note is sent from the doctor stating that these symptoms are due to teething.

Unexplained Rash

Excessive Crankiness: Child is irritable, excessive whining or crying, wants to be constantly held, or requires more attention than we can provide without jeopardizing the health, safety, or well being of the other children in our care.

Your child will not be accepted into childcare if he/she has had any of the above symptoms within the last 24 hours. A sick child should be allowed to recover fully after an illness so that other children in the group do not risk exposure and so that the child is able to fully participate in childcare activities. If you are unable to remain at home with your sick child it will be necessary for you to make substitute child care arrangements at your own expense.

If your child is thought to have a communicable disease while under our care, you will be notified immediately and asked to pick him/her up. He/she will be isolated from the other children and given special attention and comfort until you arrive. You are required to pick up your child within 60 minutes of notification. If you cannot be reached then your emergency contact will be called. Your child will be accepted back into care when no longer contagious. All other parents will be notified of the possibility of a communicable disease and what symptoms to watch for.

If your child is out ill regular fees still apply. We reserve the right to determine when a child should be sent home due to illness. Children may return to care 24 hours after symptoms of illness end or with written authorization from your doctor stating the name of illness and when child may return to group care.

The golden Rule

Many times childcares get blamed for the illness of a child, meaning that we have "allowed" sick children to come here. Parents may not stop to think that when sick children are brought to daycare, our entire staff is also at risk of exposure. We will always respect your need to be at work. We ask, however, that when deciding if your child should be at home, you give consideration to the other children. Ask yourself how you would feel if another child were as ill as your child. Would you want your well child exposed to these symptoms?

Further, there are times when a child is not that ill, but is terribly uncomfortable, and really needs some "one on one". At those times we strongly urge you to consider keeping your child at home. If your child is unable to participate in the normal activities of the daily schedule, then your child must stay home.

The Common Cold

Your child may be brought to care if he/she has a common cold (slight cough, clear runny nose, occasional sneezing). Discharge of any color other than clear is not acceptable in childcare. Watery, matted, and/or red/pink eyes are not acceptable in childcare.

MEDICATIONS

Both nonprescription and prescription medications, ointments, and creams can be given to your child if needed. Parents are required to fill out the proper forms and to supply all medications in their original containers. All written instructions shall be valid for six months unless a shorter time period is designated by the physician, dentist, or parent. These must be labeled with the child's name. NO EXCEPTIONS! We may not exceed the manufacturer's recommended dosage unless with written physician's instructions when administering nonprescription medication. We may not administer nonprescription oral medication for longer than 3 consecutive days. We may not administer nonprescription topical ointments, creams, or lotions for longer than 14 consecutive days when used for skin irritations.

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

In case of EMERGENCY, we will administer the necessary first aid. The Kansas City Police Department or Paramedic Unit will be called and your child will be transported to the hospital designated on your Emergency Transportation Authorization form. YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED IMMEDIATELY. If an ambulance is called to transport your child, the cost of the ambulance will be your responsibility.

The owner of Kingdom Academy Childcare, or the staff will not be held liable for any sickness/injury of either parent/guardian or child while on these premises, or while the child is in the company of our staff during field trips or outings.