In an effort to ensure that your child’s experience is happy and healthy, we encourage parents to make sure that their child falls within the standards of health that we have established, according to the 2003 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases of American Academy of Pediatrics.
Children should be excluded from the Kids' Program setting for the following:
Illness that prevents your child from comfortably participating in program activities
If they have had a fever within the past 24 hours
Any signs suggesting severe illness: fever, lethargy, irritability, persistent crying, signs of difficulty in breathing, or other manifestations of possible severe illness
Vomiting or experiencing diarrhea in the previous 24 hours
Mouth sores associated with drooling unless deemed noninfectious by your physician
- Rash accompanied by fever
- Drainage or redness that could possibly be considered conjunctivitis (“pink eye”)
- Head lice or scabies
- Chickenpox, measles, mumps, tuberculosis, pertussis (“whooping cough”) and hepatitis A until deemed noninfectious by your physician
- Impetigo, until 24 hours after treatment has been initiated
Streptococcal pharyngitis (“strep throat”) until 24 hours after treatment has been initiated
If your child is experiencing any of the above criteria, we ask that you do not bring him or her into the classroom. If you have questions concerning any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact our Kids Director Michelle Lumpe at (425) 556-9399, or via email.
Because it is not always known when a child has a communicable disease, we take the following precautions to reduce the risk of infection:
- Hand washing – The single most important procedure to minimize the spread of infection is frequent hand washing. Proper hand washing includes sanitizing hands before feeding times, after diaper changes, after handling any contaminated items and any other time a worker deems appropriate.
- Nose wiping – Children's noses are wiped as needed. We do not require disposable gloves; however, hands must be sanitized immediately afterwards.
- Disinfecting surfaces – At the end of Kids' Program, all surfaces (swings, tables, saucers) will be disinfected with an anti-bacterial disinfectant wipe. Three-year and under toys are disinfected with anti-bacterial wipes and allowed to air dry. Other surfaces are disinfected as the workers deem necessary.
- Diaper changing policy - Our infants and younger toddlers are provided with a diaper changing table where the surface is cleaned frequently, and precautionary measures are taken to prevent the spread of germs. Kids' workers are provided with fresh latex-free gloves to wear when changing a diaper. Each child is checked regularly for wet or soiled diapers. Kids' workers will use church provided wipes unless parents provide a necessary alternative due to allergies.