Health Care and Toilet Learning
Unfortunately, despite our best efforts at prevention, illness can spread rapidly among children. We recognize the difficulty faced by working parents whose children are sick, but we do not have the facilities or staff to take care of sick children. Also, sick children make other children sick, and must be kept out of the group to prevent further spread of disease.
Illness Exclusion: If your child is too sick to fully participate in the daily schedule (this includes outdoor play) and/or if your child has ANY of the following contagious symptoms, s/he may not come to school and may not return until symptom free for at least 24 hours:
1. Fever of over 100 degrees currently or during the last 24 hours. Please do not reduce fevers with medication and your child to school!
2. Contagious symptoms of gastro-intestinal illness with or without a fever – vomiting during the last 24 hours, 2 or more episodes of diarrhea within a 2 hour period during the last 24 hours.
3. Contagious symptoms of respiratory illness with or without a fever– sore throat, swollen glands, frequent sneezing, excessive mucous draining from the nose, watery eyes, lethargy, sleepiness.
4. Skin or direct contact infections – ringworm, scabies, lice, conjunctivitis, or pink eye.
If your child is being treated with antibiotics or any other medication for her/his illness or infection, s/he must have 24 hours of medication before returning to the center. We cannot give any first dose of any medication.
If a child exhibits any of these symptoms while at the center, the parent will be contacted and required to pick up the child within one hour. In all cases, the final decision as to whether a child may stay at the center is made by a teacher or the director rather than the parent.
Toilet training (or toilet learning) is a major step of maturation for a child. It is generally best to wait for a child to express interest in using the toilet and to demonstrate the early signs of bowel and bladder control before beginning the process. When parents wish to start their child, we will offer any assistance or advice we can to help make the process a positive and successful one for the child. The teaching staff will ensure that this assistance is given in a manner consistent with the parent’s wishes.
It is preferred, but not required, that a normally developing child be trained, or in the end stages of toilet learning before joining the Preschool Classroom. The center staff is more than willing to provide families with resources that may be useful to help facilitate this process.
Toileting will occur at regularly scheduled intervals and children will also be encouraged to use the toilet as needed. Accidents do happen and will be treated with sensitivity. Children will be assisted in cleaning themselves and changing clothes. Soiled garments will be placed in plastic bags and sent home for cleaning. Parents are requested to replace spare clothes immediately. Proper sanitary techniques and hand washing are stressed.
The above toileting plan does not apply to children with disabilities. An individual plan will be made according to the child's abilities, parents' suggestions and professional recommendations.