Other Health Notes

Please read the section of this handbook on Universal Health Precautions very carefully.

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, immediately report your suspicions to your mentor educator, classroom teacher or the director.

Controlling the Spread of Infectious Disease

All staff working at the CYCF must practice appropriate health precautions when serving food, changing diapers, assisting children with injuries which involve open wounds, and assisting children with toileting. Good hygiene practices should be modeled by staff and students at all times.

Remember that frequent and thorough handwashing is the first line of defense against infectious disease.

Periodically wiping toys down with a bleach solution or putting them through the sanitizer is required of all programs. Please do not put toys with sand in the sanitizer and be sure that items have been rinsed thoroughly, especially if you are putting items that held paint in the sanitizer. Tables and mats are also to be cleaned daily with a cleaning solution provided by the physical plant. Please check with the lead teacher in your classroom regarding the cleaning routine.

Student classroom aides and Early Childhood students may NOT administer first aid, even something as simple as applying a Band-Aid to a scraped knee. ONLY staff members administer first aid. EC students are encouraged to watch as first aid is applied, so that they can learn through observation.

Please read the following section on Universal Health Precautions very carefully. Be sure you understand the sections that apply to you as a staff member, student classroom aide, or Practicum student. Students are NOT involved in any diapering, toileting, cleaning up bodily fluids, or administering first aid; however, they should be aware of effective methods of handwashing and know when handwashing is appropriate.


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