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Helping Children 

Grow and Learn

DAILY HEALTH CHECKS

Child Care Providers are responsible for protecting the health, 

safety, and well being of children who attend their child-care facilities.   

At Luisa’s Child Care in Amarillo, Texas, we know that children’s

health can change quickly! Children who are healthy and safe 

are better prepared to grow and learn to their full potential.

 

 A health check is a quick evaluation of a child’s body, 

mood, and behavior. The purpose of a health check is to notice 

any illnesses or health concerns the child might be experiencing.

 

 Daily health checks are an important tool 

to help me identify sick or injured children. 

Therefore, each child’s day begins with a simple health check,

 and it is completed before the parent or guardian leaves to work. 

This is a quick way to make sure all children attending 

are healthy enough to be in my Daycare Program. 

 

I will not be able to tell when a child in my care is feeling well enough 

to participate in activities, or recognize when a child is too sick 

to stay in my Daycare Program, if that child is crying upon arrival 

or doesn’t want to stay. Therefore, all children, including new 

enrollments, must be willing to stay at Daycare without crying 

in order to effectively pass their required health check 

and be admitted in a peaceful manner for childcare. 

 

In addition to daily health checks, my program has specific guidelines 

to help me decide whether a child is too sick or not healthy enough 

to stay for child care. I must always consider the health of other 

children in my program. Daily health checks also provide 

a record of any changes in the child’s appearance or behavior. 

 

I will do a series of Health Checks across the day if I suspect 

a child is not feeling well, and if a child has been absent for illness. 

Health Checks are too brief to notice any lingering symptoms!

For this reason, it is very important to evaluate your child’s 

health on a daily basis at Home before attending Daycare. 

All children are monitored throughout the day, 

and are sent home as soon as they have 

a fever (99f or greater) with illness symptoms!

 

Temperature tends to fluctuate during the day when a child 

has been medicated with a fever/pain suppressant at home 

before arriving at Daycare. They also become very lethargic 

until the medicine wears off. The effects of the medication 

only last 4 to 6 hours. It becomes clearly evident when 

a child has been medicated! Therefore, it is best to take your

 child to your Backup Sitter if you have medicated him/her 

with a fever/pain suppressant before Drop-off Time at Daycare.

 

ILLNESS POLICY

Sick children (affected by physical illness) 

are required to stay Home, or with their Backup Sitter, 

until “FEVER FREE” (lower than 99f) 

~AND~

“SYMPTOM FREE” for at least 24 hours,

(No: sore throat, runny nose, congestion, sneezing, or cough),

without the use of fever or symptom suppressing medications. 

 

‼️“ILLNESS POLICY” IS STRICTLY ENFORCED 

FOR AT LEAST 14 DAYS AFTER ONSET OF ILLNESS SYMPTOMS,

TO HELP PREVENT GETTING OTHERS SICK‼️

(Specified in “Operational Policy” and signed before enrollment)

 

Fortunately, Fever and Symptoms don’t last forever. 

However, a viral infection usually lasts 7 to 14 days;

 Two weeks (14 days) after onset of illness symptoms,

 child may return to Daycare if fever has subsided to 

normal (lower than 99f) for at least 24 hours AND

 does not have acute/severe symptoms 

caused by allergies or illness.

 

Children that have a NONCOMMUNICABLE ILLNESS; 

(their temperature is normal, lower than 99f, without the use of 

fever suppressing medications), yet are lethargic,

 not feeling well, or are uncomfortable due to pain or 

acute/severe symptoms; (runny nose, severe congestion,

 constantly coughing😷, constantly sneezing 🤧 with mucus), 

they will require care at Home, (not at Daycare), 

for their own Health & Safety.   

 

  Children with MILD ALLERGY SYMPTOMS, 

(mild congestion, mild sneezing with no mucus, or mild dry cough, 

with a normal temperature lower than 99f, 

without the use of fever suppressing medications),

 may pass their Daily Health Check and be admitted for childcare, 

but may not have a runny nose, severe/acute symptoms, 

or a low grade fever of 99f or greater, for at least 24 hours.

 

My main concern and goal in caring for your child,

 is to see your child grow physically, intellectually, socially, 

and emotionally to the best of his/her ability. 

 

EVALUATE YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH ON A DAILY BASIS

 

1) Is your child Happy😊, Healthy, and Comfortable?

Children are usually very fussy and demanding when they

are not feeling well, are sick, are in pain, or feel uncomfortable,

 and therefore take time away from other children in care!!

 

2) Are there any illness symptoms present? 😷 

If so, are they mild (stable)?

moderate (needs treatment)?

or severe (uncontrollable)?

Without the use of symptom suppressing

 medications for the past 24 hours‼️

 

3) What is your child’s temperature? 🤒 

Without the use of fever suppressing medications,

for the past 24 hours‼️

(Must be lower than 100f to pass Health Check)

 

4) Has your child been diagnosed with a viral infection 

and is still fighting respiratory symptoms?

*sore throat 😥, congestion, runny nose, sneezing 🤧, or cough 😷

 

 ⚠️ VIRAL SYMPTOMS MAY BE

“MILD”, “MODERATE”, OR “SEVERE”,

 AND MAY LAST 7 TO 14 DAYS.

A FEVER (99f OR GREATER) MAY NOT ALWAYS 

OCCUR WITH A VIRAL INFECTION ⚠️

Allergy symptoms, never cause a fever,

 and they usually last as long as you're 

exposed to the allergen, which may be about 6 weeks,

or longer, during pollen seasons in the spring, summer, or fall.

 

Colds and flu rarely last beyond 2 weeks‼️

✔️Check with a health care provider if symptoms last 

beyond 10 days or if worrisome symptoms are accompanied 

with a persistent fever that lasts more than 24 hours. 

Keep in mind that even a mild fever 

could be a sign of a contagious illness. 😷 

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📕ALL RULES, REGULATIONS, AND POLICIES 

THAT ARE IN PLACE AT LUISA’S CHILD CARE 

ARE BASED ON EXPERIENCE, COMMON SENSE, 

AND WISE JUDGMENT.

THEY HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED TO PROTECT 

HEALTH AND SUPPORT SAFETY. 

RESPECTFULLY COMPLYING WITH THEM 

IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!

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