NUTRITION (NUT-FREE ZONE)
Toddler & Preschooler
Proper nutrition is an important concern at our Centres. La ribambelle serves nutritious and well-balanced meals that follow Canada’s Food Guide. The child must have had his/her regular scheduled meal before arrival. The Centre offers snacks for all children twice a day and a hot meal for children remaining at the Centre for the whole day. Weekly menu plans will be posted at the entrance of the Centre for information purposes and to facilitate meal planning at home. Children’s special diets or allergies will be posted in the Centre’s kitchen and in each room. No food from home is allowed in the center for your child unless a medical condition has been declared previously on the child’s medical form. You may bring a special dessert on your child’s birthday only. However to ensure a safe and healthy environment for every child, please be aware that it is strictly forbidden to bring any food, which contains or may contain peanuts or nuts of any kind.
Food allergies: Special meals will be prepared for children with food allergies only, which must be confirmed by a physician’s note.
Health and Administration of Drugs
According to government regulations, all children must play outdoors. Therefore, it is la ribambelle’s policy that children who are too ill to play outside should remain at home.
If a child becomes ill during the day, he/she will be isolated and temporary care will be given until a parent or guardian can be contacted and the child can be taken home.
In case of an emergency, parents will be notified immediately while the child is taken to the nearest hospital. In case of a minor injury, that does not require the child being taken to a hospital, an internal accident report will be filled out and will require the parent’s signature.
No medication will be given to a child without written authorization from the parent (this form can be obtained at La ribambelle). If necessary, a description of the symptoms must be provided. The prescription drug container must show:
• the surname and name of the child
• the name of the drug
• its expiry date
• the dosage
• the length of treatment
• the name of the doctor
Under no circumstance can any employee of La ribambelle administer acetaminophen or Aspirin to a child without a doctor’s written note. Also, we can not administer over the counter or homeopathic medication without a proper prescription label on the container.
According to the Middlesex-London and Lambton Health Unit publication « Safe Healthy Children » p. 4.8 section: What to do about illness?, and the Inspector of Public Health, you should keep your child at home for 24 hours following the last occurrence of vomiting. In the case of an outbreak of illness, your child should remain at home for 48 hours following the last occurrence of vomiting. Children will be sent home after one occurrence of vomiting.
According to the Middlesex-London and Lambton Health Unit publication « Safe Healthy Children » p. 4.6 section: What to do about illness? and the Inspector of Public Health, you should keep your child at home for 24 hours following the last occurrence of diarrhea. In the case of an outbreak of illness, your child should remain at home for 48 hours following the last occurrence of diarrhea. Children will be sent home after two occurrence of diarrhea. In the case of an epidemic, they will be sent home after one occurrence.
If your child has been diagnosed with a contagious disease or is showing some symptoms, please contact us immediately so we can alert our educators and parents. We will inform you if a child in your child’s classroom or center has a contagious disease.