Child Care Freebies

I for one love freebies, especially when it’s something I can share with my clients. Here are some links to tried and true freebies for care providers 🙂

The Colgate healthy smiles kit was a huge hit in my classroom. Everyone got a new toothbrush and toothpaste and there were also educational materials!

Wow Butter is a peanut free peanut butter substitute that tastes fantastic! Sign up for some samples to share at the link below.

We look forward to receiving the Boogie Wipes kit every year. These are fantastic for cleaning little faces!

Do you know of any sources for child care freebies? Leave them in the comments!

Medication Safety in Home Daycares (plus medication administration form)

It is heartbreaking when children get sick. We all want to make them feel better; however, in childcare there are lots of adults involved within a little ones life. We all need to be aware of medications and the safety of all children.

Check out some of these quick tips from Lesley Cressman in a klusster article here

We have also put together a quick and simple medication administration form that you can download and use as needed, or customise for your program; Blank Form for Medications

Writing Your Basic Sickness Policy (plus example)

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.

Drafting A Contract for Child Care (plus sample)

Contracts are a great way to outline expectations in a professional relationship; check out some of these quick tips from Lesley Cressman in a klusster article here:

The Simplicity of Contract Drafting

We have also put together a quick and simple contract that you can download and use as needed; Guardian and Provider Agreement.

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Lesley and Natasha