Kitsilano Area Child Care Society
2041 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 1R8 (map)

Maintaining a Healthy Environment

We promote excellent health and safety for the children. A clean, well-maintained and safe environment with opportunities for exercise, group play and quiet times are provided. Children wash their hands before eating and after using the toilet.

Children, who are not well enough to participate in all activities both indoor and outdoor, should be at home.

If your child contracts a communicable disease, notify the teachers at once so other families can be alerted. A doctor’s written health clearance is sometimes required before a child returns following a communicable disease.

A child must not attend the Centre until 24 hours after the last episode of:

  • Developing an acute cold with fever, runny nose and/or eyes, coughing, sore throat. Once temperature, energy, and well-being are normal, coughing and runny nose may continue without the child being infectious.
  • Fever over 38 degrees centigrade (100 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Infected skin or undiagnosed rash. Whether or not a child is infectious, the centre requires verification from a doctor (the rash could be measles, scabies) in case other children’s families need to be notified.
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea

Because children often become ill rapidly it is essential that families be reached by telephone. In the event that a child becomes ill in the Centre the teachers will keep the child in the office or quiet room until he or she can be picked up. Families should tell Kitsilano Area teachers if a child has been given any medication at home. This is important because of any possible reaction to that medication while the child is attending the program and helps prepare staff for possible effects once the medication wears off.

All employees follow Universal Precautions when dealing with any child who is ill or becomes injured.


All children are required to have up to date immunizations. Prior arrangements with the Administrative ECE must be in place if a parent will not comply with this policy. A child who is not immunized must be withdrawn immediately if there is an outbreak of a communicable disease. Families will still be responsible for payment of monthly fees while away from the Centre. If a child acquires a communicable disease she or he must stay away from the Centre until written notification from the attending physician is received.

Administering Medication

The teachers will administer only prescription drugs to the children. In addition, staff may administer non-prescription drugs with doctor’s authorization. Families are required to provide:

  • Written authorization, including the dosage and times any drug is to be given; and
  • Medication in the original container with the child’s name, name of the drug, the dosage, date of purchase and instructions for storage and administration of the drug.

Parents must inform regular staff daily if child is still on medication and when medication is over. All medication must be given to a regular staff.

Kitsilano Area Child Care Society 2041 West 6th Avenue / Vancouver, BC V6J 1R8 (map) / 604-732-6327
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