Healthcare

Daycare North Vancouver

PEACH BLOSSOM is committed to providing environments that are safe and healthy for all participants; our commitment to ensuring the well-being and comfort of all children is our first priority. Although PEACH BLOSSOM strives to welcome all children at all times there are occasions when children should not attend group care. When a child develops symptoms of an infection or illness at home it is the family’s responsibility to keep the child at home.

We promote the protection of well children by preventing illness whenever possible. We encourage children to practice and develop good handwashing habits to prevent the spread of germs. We encourage an understanding of good nutrition, exercise and proper rest for the development of healthy bodies. 

Each child must have an immunization history signed by a physician on file at the Center. Please notify us if your child has any allergies (especially food allergies).


Sick Child Policy  

PEACH BLOSSOM staff are required to assess children’s health upon arrival each morning prior to admittance. If a child is unable to participate fully in all aspects of the program, indoors and outdoors, the child must remain at home for their own comfort. As a parent, you are the person that knows your child the best, if there is any change in your child’s general health or well-being please keep your child at home and seek medical attention. If your child becomes unwell at the centre this will be immediately monitored and recorded and you will be informed by telephone. Due to this you may be asked to collect your child earlier than usual. The following outlines areas of health concern whereby the child must remain at home, or if at the childcare program, an adult will be contacted to pick up the child.

  • Fever: escalating above 38°C or 101°F; (a child needs to be fever free for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to daycare, that means the child is fever free without the aid of Tylenol, or any other fever reducing substance.)    
  • Diarrhea: runny, watery, bloody stools, or 2 or more loose stools within last 4 hours.   
  • Vomiting: 2 or more times in a 24-hour period. Note: please do not bring your child if they have vomited in the night. 
  • Persistent cough, cold or flu-like symptoms (influenza), which affect the child’s normal activity level.    
  • Rash, hives or an undiagnosed sore or skin condition;  
  • The child has an illness which is undiagnosed and could be contagious; 
  • The child is not well enough to participate fully in the program;      
  • The child is in distress or uncomfortable; 

  1. Peach Blossom staff do not have the proper equipment and/or medication on site.     
  2. For the well-being of all children, a 24-hours exclusion from care will be required. Families may be required to provide a doctor’s note verifying their child is well enough to participate in the program. 
  3. For more information please visit the below website:   

http://www.vch.ca/media/VCH-sneezes-diseases-Aug-2014.pdf  

                                                Please note: No refunds are offered for illness. 

Medication

Parents must ensure the centre is informed of any information regarding their child’s health. This includes providing copies of any relevant information provided by health professionals for your child’s records; any diagnosis of a health or medical condition; allergy reports; asthma plans; or details of ongoing conditions, triggers and/or treatment.


- Prescription medication will be administered to children, in accordance with provincial legislation.

This requires that:

  •  Parents provide written instruction on an Authorisation to Administer Medication Form stating the dosage of the medication, time it should be given, how the medication is to be taken (eyes,mouth, etc.).
  •  Parents hand over the medication to a staff and verbally provide any relevant information regarding the status of the child’s health and details of possible side effects of the medication.
  •  Medication must be in the original container and clearly labeled with the child’s name, date,name of the drug, instructions for storage and administration.

  1.  It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure all relevant information is documented, such as “before food, after food etc.”
  2.  Other medications to be administered other than prescription medication (including natural remedies and over the counter medication) must be in writing from your health professional/pharmacist and be in their original container and within the use by date.
  3.  If the staff have any queries regarding parent’s instructions a staff will telephone the parent for clarification and then amend the Medication Form. Parents will be asked to co-sign this amendment upon return to the service.
  4. -When collecting your child, parents must co-sign the Authorisation to Administer Medication Form,checking staff entry details to ensure that the details correspond with the original written instructions.
  5.  Parents must ensure that under no circumstances medications are left in a child’s bag. This poses a serious health risk to other children in the centre.
  6. -All medication will be stored appropriately and safely in clearly labelled areas in the condition that is required in relation to the individual medication. Medication that needs refrigeration is kept in the fridge in a clearly labelled medication container.

If the child appears unwell staff may ask you to take your child home and provide a clearance from your doctor before the child can return to the service.


Anti-Biotics 

Where a child has been prescribed Anti-Biotics, the child must have completed a full 24 hour cycle of the appropriate dosage of the prescribed anti biotic at home, prior to recommencing care. Where a medical practitioner has not issued specific written “administering medications schedule” specific to the medication being administered, the following administration of medication time frames will apply: 

  • Anti-biotics or other medications prescribed four times daily - require a minimum of 6 hours between doses. 
  • Anti-biotics or other medications prescribed three times daily – require a minimum of 8 hours between doses.   
  • Anti-biotics or other medications prescribed twice daily - require a minimum of 12 hours between doses.

All other medications will be administered in accordance with the instructions on the original container or the medical practitioner’s specific written instructions for administering the medication.


Skin Conditions Medication and Creams 

Staff will administer skin conditions medication and creams ongoing as a preventative measure where required by parents. The parent must adhere to the requirements of providing over the counter medications in clearly labelled original containers with the child’s name displayed. A medical management plan outlining the administration requirements must be provided and a demonstration to staff on how and where to administer the skin conditions medication or cream for preventative purposes must occur.

Allergies

An allergy is an abnormal response to a normal substance such as animal hair, eggs, pollen, food dye, fish, peanuts, etc. The allergic person, when exposed to that particular substance, will have what is known as an anaphylactic reaction. Symptoms may vary from mild to mid-range to life-threatening. 

The safety of your child is important to us. Please inform us as soon as possible of any allergies your child develops after enrolment in our programs. 

Upon registration (or upon the development of a severe allergic reaction), an Individual Health Care Plan will be completed prior to the start date. The Health Care Plan will be reviewed annually or when any changes are necessary. 

Our centre is peanut safe environments and therefore we ask that no food is brought in unless discussed with the site director.