Health and Safety
Red Apple Daycare adheres to all fire, health and safety
regulations and must require all members and visitors to the
premises to do likewise as we are located in a Toronto Board
of Education school. We also follow board regulations regarding
the use of this property.
We at Red Apple Daycare strive to have the healthiest children
we can possibly have in a group setting. In order to achieve
this objective, the following is incorporated into our policies
- Serve nutritious snacks and lunches
- Go outdoors everyday, weather permitting as per Day Nurseries
- Obey strict sanitary procedures
- Ensure that your child has sufficient rest during the
- Follow strict health and illness policies which have been
set in consultation with the East York Department of Health.
We would like you to understand that when we send your child
home due to illness, we do so for the following reasons:
- Your child is ill and needs time to rest and recuperate
- We have 35 other children who are exposed to your child's
- Our staff is not qualified to diagnose your child's condition
- We can only observe symptoms and ask for a professional
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
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
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.
Your child must have a medical completed before admission
to the Centre. All immunizations must be up-to-date. PLEASE
REMEMBER TO ADVISE THE DAYCARE IN WRITING AFTER EACH INOCULATION.
are able to administer prescription medicine to your child.
The medication MUST BE PRESCRIBED BY A PHYSICIAN. Over-the-counter
medicine which your doctor prescribes may be given provided
the physician provides the following on his/her letterhead
and attached to the bottle: child's name, name of medication,
dosage to be given, length of time it is to be administered,
the date the note was written, doctor's signature.
The mediation must be in the original container. All mediation
must be placed in the locked medicine box in the refrigerator
in the kitchen at the daycare.
The medicine will be administered by the E.C.E. on the earliest
shift in each room. If this E.C.E. is unable to administer
the medication, she will designate another E.C.E. to administer
All medication to be administered by the Daycare staff must
be signed daily in the Medicine Log.
The daycare provides two nutritious snacks as well as a hot
meal at lunch. Homo and 2% milk are provided by
the daycare. Infant cereal is supplied by the parent. Parents
are responsible for supplying formula prepared in bottles
for their infants. Jarred baby food and formula is to be supplied
by the parent.
Due to some of the children in our programs having anaphylactic allergies, we do not allow outside food or drink on the premises. We provide all the food that children require throughout the day except for the exception of infant foods indicated above.
No peanut products are served.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU NOTIFY THE STAFF OF ANY ALLERGIES
OR SPECIAL DIETS.