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This document is a model health policy for child care centers. It includes both WAC items and what is currently considered to be best practice when caring for children from American Academy of Pediatrics’ Caring for Our Children 3rd edition.
To meet licensing requirements, a health policy must be individualized for each child care center. This document contains many sections marked in red. Replace the words in red font with the specific information relevant to your center. Make sure to take out any words in parentheses or in italics that were put in to help you complete this document. Do not hesitate to add additional wording to reflect your center’s policies. Anything you write in should be in red font. Items in green are best practice, rather than required, and can be removed if you choose. We will change all the font colors to black when our review is finalized.
Make sure you read through the entire policy as you work on it. If any items are unclear or are in conflict with what you do at your center, make any necessary changes to reflect your own center’s practices. For example, if you do not care for infants, make sure to remove all sections from your plan that relate to infants. Call the Child Care Health Outreach Program (CCHOP) or your licensor if you have questions, or need clarification on which items are required by WAC. Any changes to black type must still meet WAC requirements.

You may click on any WAC referenced throughout this template to view the entire regulation.

If your center is in Snohomish County, contact the Child Care Health Outreach Program at childcarehealth@snohd.org for assistance in completing the policy. Ask to schedule an appointment to have your policy reviewed and signed.
Once finalized, your health policy should reflect exactly what is done in your center. Use your health policy to train all staff and to inform parents.
Note: The table of contents has been set up so that it can be easily updated. Make all changes to the document, including any page breaks. When you are finished, click once somewhere in the middle of the table of contents which should select the entire table. Then right click, select “update field” and then “update entire table.” The table of contents will automatically update itself.

This model health policy references various forms, logs, and other policies that are necessary for recordkeeping. Below is a list of these items. The Child Care Health Outreach Program has sample templates of all of these forms and policies. They can be accessed by visiting our website at www.snohd.org or by clicking on the desired document link below. Email CCHOP staff at childcarehealth@snohd.org for assistance with personalizing these documents.







    • Pet Policy

    • Pesticide Policy

    • Disaster Plan – Child Care Center or School-age Program

    • Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan




  • Example Forms




    • Injury/Incident Report Form   (from DEL) (PDF)

    • Record of Injury/Illness (log) (PDF)

    • Medication Count Verification Form (PDF)


    • Childhood Health History Form (PDF)

    • Certificate of Immunization Status CIS (from DOH) (PDF)

    • Diaper Changing Log (PDF)

    • Cleaning and Sanitizing Checklist (PDF)

    • Medication Treatment Form (PDF)

    • List of Children with Immunization Exemptions (from DOH) (PDF)



  • Individual Care Plans (Call or email CCHOP for copies of these documents)



    • Individual Plan of Care (general form)

    • Asthma Plan

    • Emergency Plan for Severe Allergies




  • Other Useful Documents




    • Keep Me Home If Poster (PDF)

    • Menu Planning Template (PDF)

    • Child Care Food Transportation Temperature Log (for catered foods) (PDF)

    • Refrigerator Temperature Log (PDF)

    • Child Care Food Safety Temperature Log (PDF)

    • Playground Maintenance Checklist (PDF)

Health Policy

Revised (date)





Name of Center:


     

Address:


     

Phone Number:

     

City/State/Zip:



     

Center Email Address:

     


Center License Capacity:      


Ages of Children:      


Number of Staff:      


Participating in Early Achievers:

 Yes  No

Infant Nurse Consultant name and phone/email: (remove if you don’t have infants)

     




Director’s Name:

     

Director’s Emergency or Evening Phone Number:

     

Out-of-Area Contact Name and Phone Number:



(should be at least 100 miles away)

     

Facilities Contact (optional):

     


Emergency telephone numbers:

Fire/Police/Ambulance: 911

Poison Center: 1-800-222-1222

Animal Control: 425-388-3440

To report abuse or neglect 1-866-ENDHARM (1-866-363-4267)


Toll-free, 24 /7
Hospital used for life-threatening emergencies:

Name of Hospital:      

Address:      

Phone:      

* For non-threatening emergencies, the center will defer to parent preference as listed on the child’s registration form.
Other important telephone numbers:

DEL Health Specialist: Lalaine Diaz Lalaine.Diaz@del.wa.gov 206-760-2027

DEL Licensor:       First.Last@del.wa.gov      

Nurse Consultant:                  

Communicable Disease Reporting Line: Snohomish Health District 425-339-5278

Child Care Health Consultation: Snohomish Health District 425-339-5278



TABLE OF CONTENTS


INJURY / EMERGENCY PROCEDURES 2

CONTACT OR EXPOSURE TO BODY FLUIDS 4

INJURY PREVENTION 4

MEDICATION MANAGEMENT 5

POLICY AND PROCEDURE FOR EXCLUDING ILL CHILDREN 11

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE REPORTING 13

HEALTH RECORDS 13

ILLNESS PREVENTION PRACTICES 14

IMMUNIZATIONS 14

HANDWASHING 15

TOOTHBRUSHING 16

GENERAL CLEANING, SANITIZING, AND LAUNDRY 18

INFANT CARE 23

NAPPING PRACTICES FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS 27

DIAPERING 29

FOOD SERVICE 31

NUTRITION 36

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY 39

WATER PLAY 41

SCREEN TIME 41

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS 42

STAFF HEALTH 43

CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT 44

CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS / INCLUSION 44

BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT/GUIDANCE PRACTICES 45

PEST CONTROL 46

ANIMAL POLICY 47

SMOKING/VAPING 49

TRANSPORTATION SAFETY 49

ATTENDANCE RECORDS 50

COMMUNICATING HEALTH POLICIES 50

SIGNATURES 52







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