Child Safety – Day Care Center
The Education Station has been in continuous operation at the same location for 25 years. During this time we have continually improved and conformed the physical environment to the epitome of childproof. Although the main section of the stately Victorian structure is almost 200 years old, the entire building is climate controlled and has a non-domestic sprinkler system and hard wired smoke, heat and co2 sensor system.
All staff are trained and participate in monthly fire drills and all full time staff are CPR and first aid certified. The Education Station also maintains an AEI on site.
Indoor air quality in maintained by ultraviolet photo cells installed in the air exchange returns. By passing the returned air through ultraviolet light any bacteria is destroyed prior to being returned through the system. There are also four separate HVAC systems serving the different sections of the building thereby preventing the exchange of air to the various groups.
Our playgrounds are extensive and encompass approximately 12,000 square feet. Play areas are professionally surfaced and all playground equipment meets ASTM Standards for child care centers.
Regarding individual child heath and safety please read the following:
A child will be considered “in our care” at the time there is a mutually acknowledged transferal of the child from the parent, guardian or authorized person, to the teacher in their primary classroom. Staff members will deliberately and obviously acknowledge your child’s arrival, usually by name and greeting. It is at this point that the child is “In our care”. This status is severed at the time the parent, guardian, or authorized pick up accepts the child from the teacher. Therefore, once the child is united with the parent, that child will cease to to be “In our care”.
As per state and local requirements; if a child exhibits any of the following symptoms, he/she cannot attend school. If such symptoms occur at school, the child will be removed from the classroom and the parent, guardian or authorized person will be called to take the child home.
* Elevated oral temperature of 101° +
* Sever pain or discomfort
* Episodes of Acute Vomiting
* Yellow eyes or Jaundice skin
* Infected skin patches
* Skin lesions that are weeping/bleeding
* Skin rashes lasting longer than 24 hours
* Stiff neck or back
* Acute diarrhea
* Sore throat or severe coughing
* pink/red eye(s) with discharge
* Difficult or Rapid breathing
* Swollen joints
* Visibly enlarged or Swollen lymph nodes
* Blood in stool or urine.
Once a child is symptom free for 24 hours, or has a physician’s note stating that he/she no longer poses a health risk to himself/herself or others, he/she may return to the center. Please refer to more health related safety topics on our Policy on the Management of Communicable Diseases included in our Application Packet. Each child may be released only to the child’s custodial parent(s) or person(s) authorized by the custodial parents, to take the child from the center and to assume responsibility for the child in an emergency if the custodial parents cannot be reached. The provision that a child shall not be visited or released to a non-custodial parent, shall hold unless the custodial parent specifically authorizes the center to allow such visits or releases in writing. This written authorization should include name, address, and phone number. The center cannot act on verbal authorization alone. Please refer to our Policy on Release of Children for more details on this subject, this included in our Application Packet.
The Education Station will administer medication to children enrolled in the program, under the following guidelines:
* Medication will only be given after receipt of written approval from the child’s parents
* Authorization forms are available at the front door and in each kitchen area. forms must be filled out completely and signed
* Medication authorization forms may be authorized for one continuous week, as long as the prescription authorizes it as such.
* All medication must be obviously labeled with the child’s name.
* Medication will be stored in a secure area that is inaccessible to the children. Non-prescription medication will be stored in a labeled container and should have a child-proof cap. Any prescription medication for a child must be prescribed for that child. Prescription medication must be stored in its original container which has been labeled with the child’s name, name of the medication, the date it was prescribed or updated direction for its administering. Please refer to more medication related safety topics on our Guidelines For Administering Medication included in our Application Packet.