Children’s Center Health Guidelines
These guidelines will be enforced in order to maintain a health child care facility according to the Florida Department of Health Child Care Standards 65C-22.004.
Children attending the child care center will be screened daily and excluded when they have signs and symptoms of illness that require a degree of care or manpower beyond the staff’s abilities and available time. Any child in the child care center suspected of having a communicable disease shall be removed from the facility or placed in an isolation area until removed. The child may not return without medical authorization, or until the signs and symptoms of the illness are no longer present.
The following is a list of signs and symptoms of communicable disease:
· Temperature of 101 degrees or, higher
· Breathing difficulties or persistent and severe cough
· Diarrhea (frequent, loose stools that cannot be contained with a diaper)
· Rash with fever
· Skin eruptions with exposed, open lesions
· Jaundice (yellowish skin or eyes)
· Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
· Stiff neck
· Other unusual signs or symptoms of illness*
*In cases where the Child Care Coordinator or, Child Care Manager is not certain of an ailment, the child will be referred to their private Physician for evaluation. The Infection Control Nurse is also available for consultation and will be notified if any communicable disease warrants further investigation.
Should a child develop any of the above symptoms while in the child care center, the Child Care Coordinator will contact the child’s parent to pick the child up within one hour of notification. If arrangements are made for someone other than the parent to pick up the child, the Child Care Coordinator must be informed of the details. It is the parent’s responsibility to contact the Pediatric Unit at Florida Hospital Waterman if they desire to use the Mend ‘N Tend program for FHW employees.