A sickness policy is an important policy to have in place; a clear written sickness policy protects all of the children in your care. This document is an excellent resource that provides information about communicable diseases in a daycare facility and whether or not a child should be excluded.

Sickness policies can differ from home daycare to home daycare but most will be fairly similar in exclusion reasons and periods. You will also want to be sure to note in your policy whether or not guardians are required to pay for the day even if their child is kept home.

Example Sickness Policy

If your child has any of the following illnesses or conditions, you must keep your child home:

  • A temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8°C)
  • Vomiting (2 or more times in 24 hours)
  • Diarrhea (3 or more watery stools in 24 hours)
  • A rash or nits
  • Eye infection
  • Sore throat
  • Any Communicable-Disease
  • If it’s clear your child is just not feeling good

In the event that a child becomes ill while in care the family will be notified and pick up arrangements will be made.

Depending upon the illness, you may be required to obtain a doctor’s note before your child returns to care. Fees remain due for days that children are absent due to illness or appointments.