Children need to be in good health in order to get the most out of their school day.
Please do not bring your child if the child cannot fully participate in the indoor and
outdoor program. In order to reduce the spread of many illnesses, please keep your
child home if they have any of the signs or symptoms listed in this policy. Make sure to
inform the school if there is any change in address, phone numbers (work and home),
emergency contacts or medical information.
We understand that children will occasionally get sick and that your child’s illness is
upsetting to both of you. We ask your cooperation in the following ways:
If your child or any other household member has been exposed to any communicable
disease, we ask that you notify us of the exposure immediately so we can notify all our
families. A notice will be posted on the counter next to the clock in/out computer to notify
parents of any communicable disease to which their children may have been exposed.
Administration is not allowed to administer pain reliever (Tylenol, Advil, etc) under any
circumstances. Parents are not allowed to bring any pain reliever into the center.
If we send your child home, the child must be out of the center for 24 hours. This
means that your child may not return to Play and Learn the day after the child is sent
Children excluded from the center for health reasons may return to the center under one
of these conditions:
- Child is fever free after we send home for 24 hours without the use of pain reliever.
- Child’s pediatrician has indicated in writing that the child may participate in group care (for more details please refer to # 4)
- Child has completed 24 hours of antibiotic treatment before he/she able to participate in the program.
It should be noted that any child with an undiagnosed skin condition cannot attend the
center. Your child must be seen by a doctor for this matter and is found not contagious.
The doctor should write in details the diagnoses and when he can return to school.
In the case that a child is being treated with an antibiotic, the child must be on the
antibiotic for 24 hours and be symptom free before returning to the center. For example,
if your child is diagnosed with conjunctivitis the child must be on the antibiotic for 24
hours and be discharge free (eye mucus, redness) before returning to the center.
Our staff administration will call you when your child shows any of the symptoms listed
below you have one hour to pick up your child from the time you have been notified (it is
the policy of Play and Learn)
The symptoms include:
- Fever – 100 orally & ancillary; 101 rectally (or higher)
- 2 cases of diarrhea in a day
- Severe coughing – child gets red or blue in the face or child makes high-pitched croupy
- or whooping sounds after the coughs
- Difficult or rapid breathing – especially in infants
- Yellowish skin or eyes
- Pinkeye – tears, redness of eyelid lining, followed by swelling and discharge of pus
- Unusual rashes or spots on skin
- Sore throat or lack of eating/drinking indicating possible pain with swallowing
- Infected skin patches
- Crusty, bright yellow, dry or gummy areas of skin – possible accompanied by fever
- Unusually dark, tea colored urine – especially with a fever
- Gray or white stool
- Headache and stiff neck
- Chicken pox
- Severe itching of body or scalp or scratching of scalp
- Unusual nasal discharge
Hand Foot Mouth: If your child has the Hand Mouth Foot disease the child must be
out for three consecutive days, fever free, and blisters must be dry. Your child will be
checked by the administration when they return to the center.
Lice: If a child is found to have lice, they must receive a treatment and be nit free before
returning to the Center. When a child who has had lice returns to the Center, they will
be checked by a staff person to confirm there are no longer any lice or nits. If nits (eggs)
or lice are found, the child will not be allowed to stay. A doctor’s letter is not permitted.
The child must be nit free before returning to the Center.
Parents will need to sign an authorization form in order for the Center to use diaper
creams and ointments, lotions, or sunscreen on their child. These forms must be
updated annually. Only the brand names or product specified on the forms will be used
on the child. If you provide to the center a different brand or product than listed on the
authorization, you will need to complete a new form.
An authorization form will be needed for your child to participate in water play during the
summer months. This form will also need to be updated annually
The Center will not apply or administer insect or bug repellent to children under any
circumstances. This includes sunscreens that contain insect repellents or DEET. This is
a non-negotiable policy and a notice from a physician or medical provider will not alter