The purpose of this policy is intended to protect the interest of the sick child/adult and to prevent further contact with others.
Kids Come First staff will greet each child as they arrive at the centre to ensure that each child is well enough to participate in the program. Children with signs of physical illness will be treated as infectious. In the best interest of all children at the Centre, a child should be kept home when s/he has any of the following symptoms:
- A cold that hinders day to day functioning
- An earache
- Digestive upset – vomiting/diarrhea
- A sore throat or trouble swallowing
- Discharge from eyes/ears/nose
- Severe coughing
- Unusual spots or rashes or infected skin patches
- Loss of appetite
- Severe itching
- Difficult or rapid breathing
When a child is ill and cannot attend the Centre, the Centre must be informed by phone. It is also suggested that parents prepare and arrange for emergency back up childcare in anticipation of these situations.
The Child Care and Early Years Act requires that all children attending Child Care Centres must participate in outdoor playtime. If the child is too ill to participate outdoors then the child is too ill to be at Kids Come First.