Health and Safety
Children are susceptible to a variety of communicable diseases and illnesses while in care. They can catch diseases and illnesses by interacting with other children and staff. Staff and parents/guardians play an important role in controlling illnesses in programs by following good hygiene and infection control practices.
- Children are taught proper hand washing techniques and are required to follow these techniques throughout the day.
- Children with obvious symptoms such as high fever, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, persistent cough and/or breathing difficulties are excluded from the program until well enough to attend and fully participate in daily activities, including outdoor play. All licensed childcare centres must follow the information contained in the Guidelines for Communicable Disease Prevention and Control for Child Care Settings.
- The Centre is cleaned daily throughout by Mount Saint Vincent University’s cleaning staff.
- Toys are all cleaned and sanitized weekly and/or as needed.
- Tables are disinfected before and after every meal.
- The Centre is inspected by the Department of Health, the Fire Marshal’s Office and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
There are many security procedures that in place within the Centre:
- The Centre has a direct link to University security through a walkie-talkie and emergency telephone line.
- The building is secure with the lock on the main door only disarmed while children are on the playground.
- The Centre has a database of all the children attending the program, called Code Adam. This information can be shared instantly in emergency situations with University personal (security, housekeeping and maintenance) and the police if necessary.
- Fire drills are practiced monthly.
- Children can be picked up from the Centre by individuals only designated by parents.