The health policy of the Child Development Center has been implemented for the well-being and safety of our children and staff.
It is required by licensing that each child provide evidence of a physical examination within the last six months preceding enrollment in the center. The center provides a form for this purpose to be signed by a licensed physician and placed in the child’s permanent record within two weeks of enrollment. A complete immunization record is required to be on file on the first day of attendance.
A child exhibiting any of the following symptoms will be evaluated by a staff person upon arrival to determine whether or not he/she can remain at the center. Parents and staff will jointly determine when it is appropriate for the child to return to the center. Often an illness needs to be evaluated by a physician, medication prescribed and any period of contagion passed. Often behavior will indicate when a child is ill.
A parent/guardian will be notified by telephone when a child displays any of the above symptoms. If the parent/guardian cannot be reached, the emergency party, designated by the parent/guardian, will be called.
The ill child will be isolated if necessary from the other children. A cot is provided and the child is made as comfortable as possible. PROMPT pick-up within one hour is necessary.
I have read the above policy and understand that my child cannot come to the center if he/she has any of these symptoms. I also understand that if he/she develops any of these symptoms while in the center, I will be contacted and will have to make arrangements for my child to be picked up within one hour.
A parent/guardian will sign a release form allowing medication to be administered at school. This form must be signed for both prescription and non-prescription medication as follows:
Prescription Drugs – Must be labeled with name of patient (child’s name), name of physician, prescription number and date, name of medication, dosage and frequency. Most medication schedules can be administered so that a child gets only one dose of the medication each day at the center.
Non-Prescription Drugs – Must be in the original container and labeled with the child’s name and instructions for administration including the times and amounts for dosage. Possible side effects must be listed on the medication form. Over-the-counter medication will be administered for a maximum of five consecutive days within a two-week period; continued administration of the over-the-counter drugs will require authorization from a medical doctor.
Dosage and recommended non-prescription drugs may only be administered according to the recommended dosage and ages listed without a doctor’s note.
If a child is exposed to or contracts a communicable disease, it is essential that this information be reported to the director. Information of possible exposure to a communicable disease will be posted for the class(es) involved. If a child will be absent from the center because of illness, the teacher should be notified.
If an incident or injury occurs with a child, the following procedures take place:
Staff are certified in CPR and Basic First Aid.
Children who experience severe/life-threatening allergies that may require SCC staff to administer emergency treatment must have the following documents on file at the time of enrollment:
Forms are available in the office upon request.
All adults who work with children in the center will be required to submit annual results of a tuberculin test and physical examination prior to service in the center.
If there is a reasonable cause to suspect a child is suffering from abuse or neglect, individuals working with children are required by law to report such cases to the appropriate authorities.
The following procedures must be followed by teachers and staff members to report suspected abuse or neglect:
The CDC director, with the teacher, will be responsible for making the report. Missouri law mandates that any person suspecting child abuse or neglect must report the incident. The toll free number is 1-800-392-3738.
Absolute confidentiality is required concerning any report of child abuse or neglect.
The CDC director may immediately suspend with pay or terminate any personnel at the CDC if the action is necessary to ensure safety, health and/or welfare of the children, parents and/or staff. Investigation with regard to alleged or proven child abuse, neglect and/or moral turpitude will be done by the director, the vice-president for academic and student affairs, and the vice president for human resources. Findings will be turned over to the authorities.
Menus are planned based on USDA guidelines. Copies of the menu are posted on the parent communication board. Parents wishing children to eat foods brought from outside the center may sit with their child in the staff lounge until he/she is finished.
We need everyone's cooperation to keep all children safe from potential allergens. See individual classrooms for alerts to potential allergens.
Please note that although we cannot guarantee a child with peanut/tree nut allergies will not be exposed to allergens, the CDC will not knowingly serve an allergic child products made with peanuts/tree nuts nor serve foods that may have been processed in a plant containing such products due to the potential for life threatening reactions from exposure. We ask for everyone's cooperation as we strive to keep each child in our care safe. If you or your child has eaten or been exposed to these products prior to arriving at the center, please wash your hands prior to entering posted classrooms.
Parents of children with special dietary considerations should alert the director, as well as the cook, regarding food allergies or religious convictions. The food service staff will provide an alternate food, or the parent may provide a meal from home.
Toileting readiness skills vary for each child. Parents and teachers work together to develop an appropriate toileting plan to meet each child’s individual needs. This process should be built on the child’s interest and physical abilities to control his/her bodily functions. We view toileting accidents as developmentally appropriate and look at them as a means to promote higher-level skills. Children will never be admonished, punished or demeaned for toileting accidents. Parents are asked to provide adequate amounts of clothing during this process.