Health and Safety
The Stepping Stones Early Learning Center building has a state of the art security system. The front door has a keypad that will, when a code is entered, release the magnetic lock on the inner doors. When you enroll your child, you will be given the number combination to enter the keypad for independent entry. There is a front doorbell should you forget the procedure. Please do not give out the entry code to others who are authorized to pick up your child. You will be required to enter the preschool building through the main entrance as all other doors will be locked from the outside. Photo I.D. is required and kept on file for who is authorized to pick up your child.
We have cameras installed in every classroom. While parents do not have access to the cameras, if a problem or concern arises, we will gladly go through and look back to see what has happened.
If your child does have an illness that requires medication, the following policy will be in place at our preschool: No over-the-counter medicine will be dispensed except for diaper rash ointments, teething gel and sunscreen. Many antibiotics and other medications can be administered 1 or 2 times per day. When visiting the doctor for your child’s illness, please request a medication that can be administered in the morning before childcare and the evening after leaving childcare. In the event your child is placed on prescription medication that needs to be administered during the day the following will be applied:
- All medication must be given to a preschool staff member upon arrival at the daycare center and will be stored out of reach from children. No medications should be left in cubbies.
- Prescription medication must be in the original containers, with the child’s full name, have the original pharmacy label and date clearly marked on the prescription. Must have a child safety cap.
- Medications must be accompanied with a medication permission form. No medication will be administered if there is not a current form signed with date and submitted
In order for your child to attend the Early Childhood Education Center, he/she must be well enough to eat the meals and snacks provided by the child care center. They must also be able to go outdoors. If your child exhibits symptoms of illness (fever, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, frequent cough, heavily running nose, frequent sneezing, unknown rash, Conjunctivitis (pink eye) etc.) during the 24-hour period prior to scheduled attendance at the preschool, your child should be kept home until the symptoms mentioned have disappeared or a note is obtained from your physician stating that your child does not have a contagious condition. Children must wait 24 hours after the last fever, vomiting and diarrhea episode. Please note with Conjunctivitis your child cannot attend the daycare until he/she has been on medication for 48 hours.
Children who are mildly ill and do not exhibit any of the following conditions may attend Stepping Stones childcare. Children must be able to participate in activities (which includes outside time, as well as gross movement activities.) If children develop any symptoms while at Stepping Stones daycare, the child will be separated from the other children and parents will be contacted. Arrangements should be made to pick-up children as soon as possible. If you cannot be reached within 15 minutes, an authorized person from the registration forms will be called to pick up your child. Please make sure your registration forms are updated. Please make every effort to follow state Health Department requirements.
For the welfare of all the children in the preschool, the Early Childhood Development Center is required by the state to exclude a child from care if the following symptoms exist:
- The child has an oral temperature of 100.5 degrees F or greater
- Diarrhea, which is defined as an increase in number of stools compared to the child’s normal amount, with increased and/or decreased stool water
- Vomiting in the previous 24 hours
- Mouth sores associated with the inability to control his/her saliva
- Rash withfever or behavior change
- Infected eyes with discharge, until 48 hours after treatment started by a physician
- Infestation (scabies, head lice, pinworm), until after first treatment with a medicated product.
- Impetigo, until 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has begun
- Strep Throat, until 24 hours after medication started
- Ringworm infection, until 24 hours after medication started
- Chicken Pox, until one week after the onset of rash, or until all lesions have dried and crusted
- Children needing individual one-on-one care
In the event of injury at Stepping Stones childcare, basic first aid will be performed. In the event of a serious injury, a parent will be notified. If the parents are not available, the emergency numbers on the child’s emergency card will be called. If the person(s) cannot be reached, the child will be taken to CMMC’s Emergency Room, unless the parents have designated a different emergency plan.