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Wellness Policy

Thrive Learning center is a well-child childcare center. This means that if your child is not feeling well, for any reason, you will need to find alternate care. Control of communicable illness between childcare is a prime concern. Policies and guidelines related to outbreaks of communicable illness have been developed with the help of local health officials and childcare health consultants. We follow the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics, CDC, and the National Center on Early Childhood Health & Wellness for wellness.  In order to protect the entire group of children, as well as your own child, we ask that parents assist us by not bringing their child if he/she has a contagious illness or exhibits signs of illness.
Please read carefully as we strictly adhere to these policies.  If you cannot fully and in good conscience agree to these policies, we suggest that you find other care for your child.  Our ultimate goal is the health and safety of the children in our care, their families, and our staff.  Also, please be aware, a physician's note DOES NOT supersede TLC’s policy of excludable symptoms or the protocol for a child returning to the childcare center.
  • Fever of 99.7* degrees Fahrenheit or higher within the last 48 hours
  • Severe/persistent coughing and/or sneezing in the last 24 hours
  • Vomiting in the last 24 hours
  • Diarrhea within the last 24 hours 
  • Conjunctivitis while in the contagious stages (less than 24 hours since antibiotic treatment)
  • Unusual or unexplained loss of appetite, fatigue, irritability, or headache
  • Bleeding, other than minor cuts and scrapes
  • A communicable disease (measles; mumps; chicken pox; hand, foot, and mouth; influenza, etc.)
  • Excessive colored discharge from eyes or nose, indicating a possible infection. (Example: if a teacher has had to wipe a child's nose more than a half-dozen times over the course of an hour, especially if the discharge is not clear) 
  • Chills or muscle pain
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Head lice
  • Ringworm that hasn't been treated and/or fully covered
  • Unexplainable rash
  • Is unable to participate in activities (indoor or outdoor)
Specifics: ​
  • Children must be fever-free (temperature lower than 99.7*) for at least 48 hours without medication before they are able to return to the center.  Our policy of 99.7* is three-fold: a “normal” temperature is no longer considered to be 98.6, but considerably lower, so a jump to 99.7 would be considered much higher than the 98.6-100.4 variance; how we take temperatures can be .5 degrees lower than other methods; and once a child is to that temperature, typically it continues to rise.

Also, fevers are not a sign of teething.  The following guidelines are from Seattle Children’s:

False Symptoms of Teething:

  • Teething does not cause fever, diarrhea, diaper rash or runny nose.

  • It does not cause a lot of crying.

  • It does not cause your baby to be more prone to getting sick.

  • Caution about fevers. Blaming teething for fevers can lead to a delay in seeking care for infections. Examples are ear and urinary tract infections. Another example is meningitis.

  • Vomiting/Diarrhea - If one or more episodes of vomiting/diarrhea occur within the previous 24 hours, your child shall be excluded from the center. If vomiting/diarrhea occurs during the school day, parents will be called and asked to pick up your child immediately. Children will only be allowed back into the center after 24 hours since the last vomiting or diarrhea episode, without medication.  We do not consider gagging due to excessive crying as vomiting.
  • If your child becomes ill while at school, you will be contacted through Procare and/or text and asked to pick your child up. It is required that your child is picked up by a parent/guardian or other authorized pick-up adult within 60 minutes of the notice.When in doubt, please keep your child home.  Please notify the school through Procare as well.
  • If your child has a common cold (slight cough, sneezing, clear runny nose, and/or a temperature below 99.7 degrees) your child may be admitted into the center. However, we may require a doctor's note, require further information, or make the determination that it is not the best interest of the other children and staff to admit the child. 
  • ​Thrive Learning Center does not administer medication to children unless as a life-saving measure as prescribed by a health care provider (i.e., inhalers, epi-pen, seizure medication, etc.).  We also require all such medication be accompanied with the prescription as well as any physician instructions for administration.  Medications must be in the original pharmacy container with a label that includes the child’s name, date the medication was issued and when it expires, prescriber’s name, dose/instructions, pharmacy name and phone number, and relevant warnings. When the medication is accepted into TLC, there is an additional form to be completed giving permission for TLC to administer the medication.  Homemade or folk remedies are not accepted. 
This is not an exhaustive list, so the best rule of thumb is if your child is not feeling well enough to go outside and play, or to play cheerfully in the classroom, then your child is too sick to attend childcare. Also if your child requires constant attention, will not play, cries continuously, whines and/or wants to be held constantly, then your child will need to stay home. 
Children with the following conditions do not have to be excluded from childcare, however, only if they feel well enough to participate in regular activities.
  • Canker Sores
  • Colds or coughs, allergies, without fever or other signs of illness (note from physician may be required)
  • Cold Sores
  • Croup
  • Ear Infections (if treated)
  • Pinworms
  • Rash without fever or behavior change
  • Thrush
  • Urinary Tract Infection (if treated)
  • Warts
  • Yeast Diaper Rash
  • Ringworm, after treatment and fully covered
​​Please know that each and every situation is unique and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. We reserve the right to amend these statements, ask for a physician's note and/or for additional information regarding each situation, and make the determination that it is in the best interest of our center, families, and staff that your child not be admitted. Again, a physician's note DOES NOT supersede TLC’s policy of excludable symptoms or the protocol for a child returning to the childcare center.Our children, families, and staff are our top priority.
IMPORTANT NOTE - If you bring your child knowing they had symptoms prior to the 24 hours (or 48 hours for fever) or enter the facility while you or your child are sick, your child may be terminated from Thrive Learning Center immediately, and possibly indefinitely, without refund of payment(s) made.  A signed contract agreeing to all of our guidelines and policies is required by all parents/guardians before a child may be admitted into our center, so knowingly disregarding our guidelines and policies will constitute a breach of contract.
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