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Group Child Care: Health and Safety

Topic Overview

Make sure sound health-related and safety-related policies are followed at any child care facility you are considering for your child. Ask about the following issues, and get written documentation if possible:

  • Is smoking banned from the facility?
  • Do all children and staff have up-to-date immunizations? How are immunizations monitored?
  • What procedures do staff follow when a child becomes ill? What precautions do they take to help prevent the spread of illness?
  • Will staff give prescribed medicine?
  • How are parents notified when a child at the facility has a highly contagious or serious illness?
  • Is play equipment safe?
  • Are toxins out of reach?
  • Are all caregivers trained and committed to placing infants to sleep on their backs (to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome[SIDS])?

Credits

By Healthwise Staff
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Last Revised October 9, 2013

Last Revised: October 9, 2013

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