Day Care Health and Safety
Staff Provisions: Our Executive Director is a registered nurse. She oversees Rainbow Chimes’ written Health Care Plan and policies, and is consulted on numerous child health matters. In addition, all members of our staff are trained in First Aid and become Child CPR-certified after an initial period of employment. Several staff members are NYS Medication Administration Training (MAT) certified. Our Chef, along with certain administrative and other staff members, have attained the Suffolk County Food Managers Certification.
Physical Examination: Before attending day care at the Center, each child must have a completed medical examination form, signed by a health practitioner within the past year. Immunization requirements must also be met before a child may attend. We may not, by law, allow a participant to remain enrolled without up-to-date immunizations or a current medical form. A new form must be submitted every year. Please notify us of any inoculations, medications, or health changes/problems.
Special Medical Conditions: Be sure to notify us in writing of any special medical conditions which warrant attention—ESPECIALLY ALLERGIES!
Health Screenings: We observe children for signs of illness or injury every day. In addition, we may conduct various health and development screenings, such as vision checks, as indicated or throughout the year.
Injuries & First Aid: For minor injuries, our Center is equipped with a Sick Bay where simple first aid is administered. In case of serious injuries, you will be notified immediately while the child is taken to the hospital. Parents MUST keep the Center informed of their most current emergency telephone numbers, and they must provide at least two alternate contacts in case the parents cannot be reached.
Medication Policies: New York State law prohibits the dispensing of prescription medication unless a physician’s written order is presented and an authorization form is completed by the parent. NYS regulation also restricts over-the-counter medication dispensation without a physician’s order and/or parental consent. A faxed order, signed by the doctor, is acceptable.
Any topical products, such as diaper ointment, sunscreens or insect repellent, must be approved in writing by the parent prior to use on the child.
Illness and Exclusion: According to volumes of respected research, exposure and built-up resistance to colds, viruses, or other minor childhood illnesses in group care will actually strengthen a child’s immune system. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children need not be excluded from education and care programs unless any of the following exists, in which case exclusion from the Center is required:
- Illness that prevents the child from participating comfortably in program activities.
- Illness that calls for greater care than the staff can provide without compromising the health, safety, and participation of other children.
- Unusual lethargy, irritability, persistent crying, difficulty breathing, or other signs of possible severe illness.
- Vomiting, diarrhea, fever over 101°, undiagnosed rash or mouth sores, wet “productive” cough. If your child has vomiting, diarrhea, or a fever, we must allow 24 hours after these symptoms have gone before your child returns to the Center.
- Contagious conditions such as strep throat, purulent conjunctivitis, impetigo, and others require 24 hours after treatment has been initiated before the child may return to the Center.
- Head lice, scabies, or ringworm, until the morning after the first treatment.
- Communicable diseases such as Chicken Pox, Measles, Mumps, etc. require a specific number of days after the onset of the accompanying rash before a child may return. Call your child’s doctor or the Center for info.
Please notify the Center and keep your child at home if s/he has any of the above symptoms or conditions. If your child becomes ill at the Center, and the Director or Supervisor feels that s/he is too ill to remain at school, we will notify you or your emergency contact to take her/him home immediately, for the benefit of your child and the other children at our center.
Absentees: If your child is ill and/or cannot attend for any reason, please advise us by 8:00 am of the day of the absence.
Child Abuse: Children are active, and typical cuts and bruises obtained at home or the Center are a natural part of their young lives. Even so, we must ask you to explain how your child became injured while away from the Center. As mandated reporters, if the Directors at Rainbow Chimes detect or believe that a child is being abused in any way, we will contact the proper authorities without hesitation.
Sanitation & Fresh Air: We use a number of sanitation techniques at the Center to disinfect and to dilute the germ pool, such as opening the windows every day. Our philosophy is that all children who attend the Center are well enough to go outside for fresh air. A doctor’s written statement attesting otherwise, and our ability to cover child-to-staff ratios, are required in order to grant a very rare exception to this policy. Please be sure to provide boots, hats, gloves, and other winter gear during the late fall and winter months for your child’s outdoor comfort and safety.
“My daughter’s been there since she was about four months old and I really like the place. The infant rooms especially. They have very consistent and very good teachers. I call them teachers because they really take care of the kids. They teach them. She’s pretty good with manners, saying please and thank you and telling you when she is done with her food, and she’s two now. She says she loves going to school and playing with her friends. And cost-wise also, it’s comparable.” – Gayatrri Musraca