The child care service promotes and protects the health of children and caregivers.
A health record is maintained for each child that includes:
Interpretation: Emergency contact information should also include the names of the family physician, clinic, or hospital to be used in emergencies. When a child has allergies or health issues, the acknowledgement form should specify which foods the child cannot eat and any activities in which the child cannot participate.
All parents receive a written health protocol that addresses:
Child health problems and accidents, including changes in appearance or behavior, are promptly recorded and reported to parents and administration, and appropriate follow-up is conducted.
Precautions against the spread of infection include:
Caregivers model good health habits and provide age-appropriate instruction on health and hygiene practices.
Interpretation: An example of such practices would be washing hands before and after eating and after using the bathroom.
NA The agency provides infant care only.
Caregivers are flexible in meeting each child’s eating, toileting, and sleeping needs.
Interpretation: Each child under age six should be provided with a crib, bed, or cot and clean bedding. Healthy meals should be based on sound nutritional planning and menus should reflect the diverse ethnic backgrounds of the children in the program. Programs respond to the needs of infants as they occur in a way that allows for different schedules, rather than a rigid schedule.
Children are protected from injuries, accidents, and illnesses through practices that ensure personnel:
Interpretation: The agency can train a certain percentage of personnel in CPR to ensure appropriate coverage at all times. While a physical examination is preferred, caregivers may receive a general health screening performed by a qualified medical practitioner, provided the screening addresses communicable diseases. The agency should also screen all other family members in family child care homes for communicable diseases.
A health facility or qualified medical professional is available to provide: \