READ THIS FIRST… 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 redfont. Items in greenare 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com for assistance with personalizing these documents.