Safety - Parent Handbook

Clothing

Scarves and mittens with strings are a potential safety hazard and are therefore not allowed. Provide a full change of clothing that is marked with your child’s name. Neither Niagara Region nor the provider is responsible for any items that are lost or misplaced.

Diapers

You must provide diapers and wipes to the provider – labelled with your child’s name – as needed.

Footwear

Ensure your child has proper fitting shoes in order for him or her to play safely. Running shoes are the recommended footwear.

Sun Safety

Your child may be playing outside during peak UV times of the day. During spring, summer and fall, apply sunscreen to your child before their arrival. Your provider will apply sunscreen before afternoon outdoor play, with your signed permission. Note that some providers do not supply sunscreen. Sun hats with a brim are also recommended to protect your child from the sun’s harmful rays.

West Nile

Niagara Region Public Health recommends taking precautions against insect bites, particularly those which may cause West Nile. Your provider will apply insect repellent, with your signed permission.

Accidents

Your provider will advise you of any accidents that result in a minor injury to your child. The provider will ask you to review an accident report and sign it. The provider will give you a copy of the report. Any incidents that occur will be recorded on the log.

Duty to Report

Our staff and contracted providers are obligated under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 to report any suspected child abuse to Family and Children’s Services of Niagara (FACS).

Supervision

Each child must be directly supervised at all times, and only by the provider. Each home has designated play, sleeping and outdoor areas which have been approved by our home child care support workers.

Custody

Where custodial arrangements are in place, the legal custodian must provide all relevant legal documentation to the provider and home child care support worker regarding the conditions of custody. If no custodial arrangements are in place, we are obligated by the Courts of Justice Act to provide access to your child.

Sickness

The safety and well-being of children is of the highest priority in our program. We understand the concerns and needs of working parents and try to accommodate the difficulties associated with a sick child. However, providers are not required to care for children who are ill or pose a risk of spreading sickness to other children in the provider’s home.

We follow several policies and procedures to minimize the spread of infections and promote a healthy environment. We ask that you sanitize your hands before entering the main area of the centre. You are also required to keep your child home if he or she shows any of the following symptoms of illness:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Pink eye
  • Impetigo
  • Rashes

If you suspect that your child may have an infectious disease such as measles, rubella or chicken pox, please have the condition diagnosed by a doctor and notify us. If your child has a contagious illness or condition, your child is required to be absent from the program for a prescribed period.

It is very important that you have back-up child care arranged for your child. We are unable to care for ill children and cannot accommodate children in our program who need to be kept indoors because they are feeling unwell. Providers are not required to care for children who are ill or pose a risk of spreading sickness to other children in the provider’s home.

High fever, diarrhea, vomiting and persistent cough, as well as contagious diseases are conditions that cause great concern to providers and other parents using the provider’s home. However, we are sensitive to the needs of the working parent to be a reliable employee, and urge providers to accommodate your needs as far as they are able.

We work with providers in following the recommendations of Niagara Region Public Health in handling children with the conditions mentioned above.

Medication

Providers are permitted to give prescription medications only. You will need to sign a form giving instructions. The medication must be prescribed for your child and be in the original container.

Allergies

As a safety precaution, inform your provider and home child care support worker of any food or environmental allergies your child has. We have an Anaphylactic Policy which will be shared with you if your child has allergies. Treatment information must be documented for your child’s safety.

Individualized Plan

Individualized Plans are developed for each child with medical needs in consultation with the parent and any regulated health professional who is involved in the child's health care and whom the parent wishes to include in this consultation. Medical needs could include chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and seizure disorders such as epilepsy, acute conditions or concussions.

For safety purposes, we post pictures identifying children and home child care providers who are anaphylactic in the home.

Head Lice

Children with head lice must be kept home until treated. If the provider detects that your child has head lice, you will be contacted immediately and requested to pick up your child as head lice can spread very quickly. Your provider will provide you with information on treatment.

Serious Occurrence

Should an occurrence of a serious nature happen, a report is made to the Ministry of Education and notification is posted in the provider’s home. Specific details regarding the occurrence are confidential.


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