Should I Keep My Child Home?

Kids-a-lot asks that you follow these guidelines to keep your child safe and to prevent the spread of disease among other children.

  • Health Policy Summary

    We have designed and implemented our health policies in conjunction with our consulting pediatrician, Dr. Steven Jenkins, of Hillside Medical Associates, and DEEC regulations.

    Being sick is not fun. We understand that is difficult for parents to take time off from work to be with their child at home. We do not have the facilities or the staff to care for sick children. Our feeling is those who are ill require the care and attention that can only be given at home. We want to create a safe environment for children and do not feel it is fair to have a sick staff member or child at school that will come in contact with other children and staff. We do not feel that it is fair for teachers and for other children to interrupt the normal functioning of the daily routine at the school for a sick child. These policies help us protect the other children involved in our program from illness or contagious disease. If your child has had a contagious disease, we ask you to provide us with a note from your doctor stating the child is well enough to return to the program.

  • Medication

    State law does not allow us to medicate your child unless it is by written order of a physician. While you as a parent may use over-the-counter medication at home, we are prohibited from doing so. Non-prescription medication may be given to you child only if accompanied by a note or form signed by your physician.

  • Toothbrushing Regulation

    In January 2010, DEEC issued new regulations for child care programs that include a requirement that educators assist children with brushing their teeth if children are in care for more than 4 hours or if children have a meal while in care. Parents reserve the right to opt out of this requirement by signing a waiver form for the childcare provider. Kids-A-Lot accepts the regulation and has included it within the daily schedule.

  • Lead Screening

    As required by the DPH (Department of Public Health) children are required to update their lead screenings on a yearly basis and are good for one year to the date of testing. All lead screenings need to be completed for children that are 1, 2, and 3 years of age with corresponding testing.

  • Fever

    A child with a fever of 101.0 degree F or above must be taken home and be free of a fever without medication for 24 hours upon coming back to school. If children are not well in the morning to come to school, they may not come later on during that day.

  • Diarrhea

    Infection and bacteria is often spread through diarrhea. Our policy stands that if there is a fever; the child is sick, feeling uncomfortable, and needs to be home. We will call you and ask you to pick up your child if he has a fever or after he has had three episodes of diarrhea in one day.

  • Vomiting

    A child must stay home or go home if he is vomiting. He may come back to school after the vomiting has stopped and he is able to participate in the daily routine.

  • Colds

    Colds are hard to keep away from throughout the winter. A child may come to school if he has clear discharge coming from a runny nose, can participate in the normal daily routine of school. If the child has a thick, yellowish/greenish discharge coming from his nose, they may have a more serious infection that you might want to get checked by your doctor.

  • Conjunctivitis

    This is an infection of the eye that is very contagious. We will ask you to have your child checked by your doctor if we think your child has such an infection characterized by a yellow discharge and tearing. Your child must be on antibiotics for 24 hours and be free of the yellow discharge upon returning to school.

  • Allergies

    Please let us know about any allergies to food, insect bites, lotions, etc.

    Parents are asked to include all pertinent information as to allergies that their child may have, on Center’s forms. These forms are updated annually or sooner if deemed necessary. An allergy list is then posted in each room; teachers are responsible for reviewing it on a regular basis. Symptoms and suggested treatment will also be listed within each corresponding child’s IHCP (Individual Health Care Plan) ). This plan is reviewed on a regular basis and signed off by each child’s Health Care Consultant and staff members are training per each individual child’s need.

  • Chicken Pox / Measels / Mumps / etc.

    We would like to keep all parents posted of the classrooms that have contacted these diseases. If your child has been in contact with these diseases outside of school, please tell your child's teacher so that an anonymous note may be posted to alert other parents. If your child is sick with the above, he may return when all symptoms have passed. (Rule of thumb is usually 4-7 days after infection has begun.) Please request a note from your physician stating your child is disease-free upon their return to KIDS-A-LOT.

  • Lice

    Lice can be easily treated and is NOT a sign of a dirty, unhealthy environment. Please tell us if your child has head lice or if a sibling or close playmate has it. The office will provide you with information that will enable you to treat your child. Children cannot return to school until all nits have been removed.

  • Coxsakie Virus

    Also referred to as hand, foot and mouth disease. Incubation period is 3 to 6 days. SYMPTOMS - fever, mouth ulcers, rash on palms and soles, lasting 7 to 10 days. Mouth may be sore from ulcers. Child may refuse to drink. Watch for dehydration. TREATMENT - fluids, Tylenol and avoid salty acidic foods.

  • Impetigo

    Impetigo is a bacterial infection of the skin, which often follows and insect bite, cut or break in the skin. Impetigo can be found on any part of the skin but is seen usually around the nose and mouth. It first appears as a small path of water blisters that break to expose a moist patch of pink/red skin. This area then crusts over with a fine honey colored scab. Impetigo is very contagious and can spread easily especially in Day Care Centers.

  • Strep

    Strep most often causes tonsillitis. The child may be irritable, have a runny nose, may have fever with complaints of throat, ear or stomach pain. Children cannot return until they are on antibiotics for 24 hours.

  • Rotovirus

    Rotovirus is the most common cause of diarrhea. Rotovirus may be accompanied by fever, vomiting, cramps and diarrhea. Children cannot return until diarrhea stops.

  • Pinworm

    If the child has worms in the stool or diaper he/she should be immediately removed from childcare and seek treatment by a physician.

  • Ear Infection

    If diagnosed with an ear infection by your child's pediatrician, they must remain home for 24 hours before returning to school.

Regarding any of these illnesses -- Parents may be asked to make a visit to the doctor and obtain a written note assuring KIDS-A-LOT that your child is safe to return to childcare.

If your child is not well enough to play outside, please do not bring him/her to school.

If your child becomes sick at school, a staff member will call you and we will ask you to take him/her home…we request that you do so promptly.

First Aid Cabinet

The first aid kit is kept in the Main office in a locked cabinet. It is checked weekly by assigned staff to assure familiarity with the contents at all times with both prescription and non-prescription medications. These checks will also provide screening for expiration dates of the contents as well as the need for replacement of items after use. First Aid Bags are located within each classroom and contain basic first aid materials, epi-pens, and inhalers. They are stored out of the reach of children and are readily available for use at outdoor times, hikes, and field trips. These bags are located by each classroom’s allergy list and are hung on the outside of cabinets out of reach for quick access.

Weather Closings

During the winter months, it may be necessary because of a heavy snowstorm to delay our opening time to allow for some clearing of the parking lot and walkways or to close early for safer travel. Kids-A-Lot makes every attempt to remain open throughout storm days. We take into account forecasted weather, sate advisories, and the safety of travel for parent’s, children, and staff.

Parents Please Note: It is very important that you call the Center and check for a recorded message or check the website for snow day updates in the event of a storm. All the information that you will need to know regarding the opening or closing of the Center will be on the Facebook page or recording.