Health & Safety

All of our staff here at Little Hands is CPR and First Aid certified.  In case of an emergency, the staff will administer First Aid and obtain emergency treatment if needed.  We will honor your hospital choice if necessary.

The following Exclusion for Illness policy being adopted by Little Hands Daycare & Learning Center is the one recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as stated in their handbook: The ABC’S of Safe and Healthy Child Care.

Symptoms requiring removal of a child from Little Hands Daycare & Learning Center:

  • Fever alone or accompanied by a sore throat, rash, vomiting, diarrhea, earache, irritability, or confusion.  Fever is defined as having a temperature of 101* or higher.  Child must be fever free for a period of 24 hours (without the aid of medicine) before returning to the center.  If a fever develops while at Little Hands, we will not medicate until it reaches 101*, unless we have a doctor’s note or it is a situation where an infant is teething, etc.
  • Any child that is treated with an antibiotic for any reason will need to remain out of the daycare for a 24 hour period.
  • Diarrhea – runny, watery, or bloody stools, 3 or more times.
  • Vomiting.  A child who vomits at the center will be sent home immediately and may only return if they have stopped vomiting for a 24 hour period.
  • Sore throat with fever and swollen glands.
  • Severe coughing – child gets red or blue in the face or makes a high- pitched whooping sound after coughing.
  • Eye discharge – thick mucus or puss draining from the eye, or pink eye.
  • Yellowish skin or eyes.
  • Child is irritable, continuously crying or requires more attention than we can provide without hurting the health and safety of other children in our care.
  • Head Lice – child is infested with nits and/or eggs. Child will be checked upon returning to daycare to ensure all nits and eggs are gone.
  • A child with a contagious disease will not be allowed back to the center until the contagious period is over.  We may ask you to provide a note from your child’s doctor staing that your child is no longer contagious.
  • Our program includes using the playground twice daily, even in the winter.  Children who are too ill to be outside should not be brought into the center.

Parents will be notified immediately of an ill child by a telephone call.  It is extremely important that the center be able to reach you at any given time during the day.  Parents will be expected to make arrangements to pick up their ill child when there are symptoms requiring removal of a child from Little Hands Daycare & Learning Center as stated above.  The center will release the child to a parent, guardian, or a person authorized as an alternative pick-up.  The child will be expected to be picked up within an hour of speaking to a parent.  In the meantime, we will make sure the child is as comfortable as possible and if necessary, away from the other children.

All prescription drugs, Tylenol/Motrin, and medicated ointments may be administered only if a medical permission slip has been filled out by parents on a daily basis.  All medications and ointments must be in the original container and labeled with the child’s name.


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