Illness & Guidance Policies
We do our best to maintain children’s good health by providing a safe and hygienic environment; healthy food, rest and physical exercise. We also need parents’ help. Please follow these guidelines:
- Please do not bring a sick child to daycare. In all centres, diarrhea, vomiting and high fever can be particularly alarming when they occur because of infection.
- If your child becomes ill during the day, you may, at the discretion of a supervisor, be asked to come and pick up your child.
When your child is absent due to illness, please advise the supervisor of your child’s symptoms.
- Prescriptions: When your doctor prescribes medication for your child, we will be pleased to administer it provided original instructions are on the bottle or there is a covering note from the doctor. Please give the medication and instructions to the supervisor.
- Infectious diseases: If your child has been absent due to an infectious disease over a long period, you will need a note from your doctor saying the child is fit to return. A full isolation period is required for all communicable diseases.
Guidance is an integral part of the early childhood experience. Our goal is to assist children in developing confidence, self-control and an awareness and sensitivity to their own needs, as well as the needs of others. Guidance needs to be a tool for positive growth rather than a punishment. We strive to nurture and encourage children and create an atmosphere of warmth and comfort, while allowing the child independence.
Guidance and setting clear limits involve ongoing techniques that we do with and for the children. We establish clear, consistent, simple limits in a positive manner focusing on the behavior and not the child. Children are encouraged to think about how to handle situations and solve their problems positively.
At Lonsdale Creek Daycare, we have basic safety rules to ensure the safety of each child and the group as a whole. Staff members reinforce these in the following ways:
- Reminders – Review limits calmly and positively as needed, remembering to acknowledge the child’s feeling.
- Provide alternatives or redirect when appropriate.
- Discuss briefly the consequences for the child’s specific action.
- Time Away – The child is asked and/or escorted by hand to a quiet area to play with toys and equipment and will be welcomed back into the group when he/she is ready.