Policies & Procedures
The staff of Footsteps to Learning must meet the minimum qualifications mandated by the state in order to hold a position at Footsteps to Learning. All personnel must be cleared by the State Central Registry and finger printed. All staff also goes through a Justice Department Clearance. All staff must have a TB test and physical.
All personnel must then complete 30 hours of training every two years including on-site training, Scope, NAEYC conferences and Suffolk Country Childcare Council seminars.
Snack shall be provided during the am, pm, and aftercare classes. Personnel must use gloves when handling food and when using first aid on children. Any indication of child abuse and maltreatment must be reported to the director immediately. Communication between parent and staff shall be frequent and fluent.
No child can be released to any person other than his or her parents or person listed on the pick up list which has been listed by such a parent.
No information relating to any child is confidential and cannot be disclosed.
Footsteps will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, or national origin.
The parents of any child shall have unlimited and on demand access to such child.
Description of Policies & Procedures Regarding
the Appropriate Supervision for Healthcare
At the time of admission, written consent from the custodial parent or guardian is obtained which authorizes the provider to obtain emergency health care for the child.
If need of emergency care arises, the Assistant Director will call the ambulance (911) and notify the parent. The Director will accompany the child in the ambulance and be responsible to bring the child's medical record and emergency medical treatment agreement, signed by the parent.
In the event the child develops symptoms of illness, the child is placed to rest quietly and the custodial parent or guardian is notified. Children will not be given any medication or treatment except for written or verbal agreement of the MAT guardians. The teachers and assistants are CPR and First Aid Certified.
Effective January 31, 2005 Footsteps to Learning chose to administer medication to children in our day care setting. With the exception of over-the-counter topical ointments, sunscreen, and topically applied insect repellant, we have the following requirements in order to be authorized to administer medication at Footsteps to Learning.
The MAT course certifies day care providers to administer in a child care setting for seven routes; oral, topical, inhaled, medicated patches, eye, ear, and emergency injection of epinephrine using an auto-injector device.
Daily Guidelines For Excluding Staff From Caring For Children
On the advice of health experts we do not allow staff with any of the following symptoms to be in contact with children:
Preventing Infections When Contacting Body Fluids
Even healthy people may spread infection through direct body fluids. Because of this, it is important to consider all body fluids to be capable of causing illness. Body fluids include blood, urine, stool, drool (saliva), vomit, drainage from sores/rashes (pus), etc. When anyone has been in contact with body fluids, the following precautions are taken:
Procedures Ensuring The Safety Of Children Reported To SCR
Footsteps to Learning will report any suspected incidents of child abuse or maltreatment concerning a child receiving day care at Footsteps, to the State Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment, or, shall file a report when the staff of Footsteps may have reasonable cause to suspect that a child coming before them, in their capacity, as day care center workers, is an abused or maltreated child.
This will be done in the following manner: