When to keep your child at home:

Medical Emergency Procedures

In the event that a child is too ill to remain at the center, parents will be notified to immediately pick up their child. If the parent(s) cannot be reached, we will refer to the persons listed on the Child Enrollment Registration form. For the health and comfort of your child, please ensure updated and working phone numbers are provided at all times.

In Case of Injury to a Child:

  • Staff will administer first aid as necessary;
  • Staff shall contact the parent/guardian and/or emergency contact persons.

If the Child Needs Emergency Medical Treatment:

  • Staff will call 911;
  • The program will transport the child to Nimiipuu Health Clinic which the closest medical facility;
  • The Child Enrollment Registration Form authorizing emergency medical or dental treatment shall be removed;
  • If the child must be transported to NiMiiPuu Health, and the parent is not present, a staff member will accompany and stay with the child until the parent(s) arrive.

In Case of Injury to a Child:

  • Staff will administer first aid as necessary;
  • Staff shall contact the parent/guardian and/or emergency contact persons.

If the Child Needs Emergency Medical Treatment:

  • Staff will call 911;
  • The program will transport the child to Nimiipuu Health Clinic which the closest medical facility;
  • The Child Enrollment Registration Form authorizing emergency medical or dental treatment shall be removed;
  • If the child must be transported to Nimiipuu Health, and the parent is not present, a staff member will accompany and stay with the child until the parent(s) arrive.

Daily Health Check Procedures

Keeping children healthy is a partnership between parents, staff, teachers, and the medical provider. Our goal is to ensure the health and safety of all children and staff in the program.

The Health & Safety Specialist does not diagnose or prescribe treatment for illness. Program staff cannot provide care for sick children; therefore, please start the day with a quick health assessment of your child. 

Every day, upon arrival, staff will perform a Daily Health Check of the child before the parent leaves (Early Head Start). Daily Health Checks are posted in each classroom and include the senses of : Listen, Look, Feel and Smell.

Medication Policy

Prescribed medication will be properly stored and administered based upon written authorization by the parent/guardian. Whenever possible parents are asked to come on site and administer medication or administer the medication prior to coming in-center. Please do not send medication to school in your child’s backpack. 

This policy is based upon HSPPS Part 1302.47(b)(4)(i)(C); the program, and partnering agencies must establish and maintain written procedures regarding administration, handling, and storage of medication for every child. Agencies may modify these procedures as necessary to satisfy State or Tribal Law. 

The Health and Safety Specialist will be responsible for:

  • Administering medications and documenting on the Medicine Administration Form
  • The form will be filed in your child’s main file
  • Label, store under lock and key and refrigerate (if necessary) all medications.
  • Ensure there is a signed Medication Administration Form
  • Ensure there is a prescription by a medical or health provider
  • Record any observed adverse reactions on the Medication Administration Form
  • Staff will only administer non-prescription (see list below) when medication is in its original container, and the Medication Administration Form has been signed

Non- Prescription Medications May Include:

Antihistamines, non-aspirin for fever reducers, non-narcotic cough suppressants, decongestants, anti-itching ointments/lotions to relieve itching, diaper ointments, sun screen lotions, vitamins, anti-diarrhea medications.

**** Please do not send any medications in your child’s backpack.  All medication must be communicated and dispensed through the Health & Safety Specialist ****