YWCA Child Health Policy

Child Health Policy

The YWCA Child Enrichment Programs in an effort to keep children and staff as healthy as possible have developed the following child health policy.

If a child displays signs and/or symptoms of an illness, that prevents them from participating in daily activities, the parents or guardians will be required to pick up their child.

Conditions and/or symptoms that would require the parents or guardians to pick their child up and keep their child out of the center are:

  • Fever of 101 or greater (armpit) with signs and/or symptoms of illness or behavior change
  • Repeated vomiting accompanied with a fever and/or signs or symptoms of illness or behavior change
  • Repeated Diarrhea accompanied with a fever and/or signs or symptoms of illness or behavior change. Diarrhea not contained in the toilet.   (All infants and children in diapers with diarrhea must be excluded.) Uncontrolled diarrhea (stool runs out of the diaper or the child can’t get to the toilet in time)
  • Suspicious Rash with fever and/or signs or symptoms of illness or behavior change
  • Signs and/or symptoms of illness or behavior change

Signs and/or symptoms of illness or behavior of illness defined; but not limited to:

A child that displays unusual drowsiness, persistent fussiness, inexplicable irritability, difficulty breathing, wheezing, and the inability to participate in the classrooms daily activities.

We will follow the Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools reference guide written and published by the American Academy of Pediatrics to determine exclusion for illnesses and/or communicable diseases such as, but not limited to measles, rubella, mumps, etc

An ill child shall be given appropriate care away from general play until the parent, guardian, or designated individual arrives.  The Center will notify the parent/guardian of any suspected exposure to a communicable disease.  Parents must sign the sick policy form, and fill in the time when they pick their child up.

Children may return to their classroom once they have been symptom and/or fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication, or have a written release from a licensed physician stating that your child’s illness is not contagious and they may return to the classroom.

Medication

Pennsylvania regulations dictate that childcare staff is not required to administer children’s medication.  Therefore, administration of medication is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.  Whenever possible, prescribed medication must be administered in the mornings and evenings by the parents or guardians.  Medication may not be stored in cubbies, diaper bags, backpacks, or other carry bags. Medicine must be kept in the original container and taken daily to specified place in your child’s classroom.  Tylenol (acetaminophen) may be administered by the center staff for fever or pain with written instructions from a licensed physician.  Notes from physicians for Tylenol should be updated regularly.

All medications must be signed in on the medication log daily.  If the medication log is not signed, the medication will not be administered.  If your child needs a medication log, please ask your child’s teacher.

Children with chronic illnesses that require medication on a daily basis for long or indefinite periods of time should have a written “plan” provided by a licensed physician giving detailed instructions and guidelines.