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    Group Child Care: Health and Safety

    Group Child Care: Health and Safety

    Topic Overview

    Make sure sound health-related and safety-related policies are followed at any child care facility you are considering for your child. Ask about the following issues, and get written documentation if possible:

    • Is smoking banned from the facility?
    • Do all children and staff have up-to-date immunizations? How are immunizations monitored?
    • What procedures do staff follow when a child becomes ill? What precautions do they take to help prevent the spread of illness?
    • Will staff give prescribed medicine?
    • How are parents notified when a child at the facility has a highly contagious or serious illness?
    • Is play equipment safe?
    • Are toxins out of reach?
    • Are all caregivers trained and committed to placing infants to sleep on their backs (to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome [SIDS])?

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    By Healthwise Staff
    John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
    Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
    Last Revised October 9, 2013

    Last Revised: October 9, 2013

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