Any child with a communicable disease must be kept home for the full period required by the Department of Public Health.
Please notify the daycare if your child has a communicable disease. We have to notify the staff and parents to look for symptoms in other children. The centre also has to keep record of communicable disease outbreaks for the Department of Health.
Communicable disease include, but are not limited to the following illnesses:
Your child will be sent home if he/she has two or three loose, mucousy, discoloured bowel movements which cannot be contained in the diaper. Re-admittance to the Daycare is allowed once your child is diarrhea free for 24 hours. However, if the diarrhea recurs or if we have an outbreak in the Centre you may be required to take stool sample to your doctor for analysis.
As a rule of thumb, anything over 38 degrees Celsius is considered out of the normal range. The child must be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication before they may return to the centre. A doctor’s note is not acceptable in lieu of 24 hours.
We understand the difficulty for many people to take time off from their work to be home with a sick child. We will not call you unless it is warranted and only after the staff has consulted with the supervisor.
Doctor’s notes are often required for re-admission to the centre. A doctor’s note must contain the following information: date of visit, child’s name, the fact that the child is free from contagion, the date the child may return to the centre, and the doctor’s signature.
If you are a parent receiving subsidy from Metro Social Services and your child is away 10 consecutive days, subsidy requires a doctor’s note.
General Policies Regarding Illness
If we observe that your child appears to be ill and exhibits specific symptoms and is unable to participate in the program we will refuse admittance. If your child develops symptoms through the day we will call you and ask you to pick up the child promptly.
Your child will be refused admission or sent home if he/she has any of the following:
Discharge from Eyes
Severe Diaper Rash (bleeding)
Discharge from the Nose (green, mucousy)
If your child is sent home, you will be asked to read and sign an illness report. It will go into your child’s file and a copy will be sent home with you.
The illness report will include symptoms observed, conditions of your child’s return to the centre, etc. Please make sure that you receive this report before leaving the Daycare.