All children spend one hour minimum outdoors each day, except in extreme
conditions. Please dress your child accordingly. Outdoor play is healthy
on many levels – it provides open space to decrease the spread of
infections, a variety of opportunities for gross motor development, and
balance in the children's play and routine.
Children are provided with their own cot and sheet during daily naptime. Those
who don't sleep are asked to rest until the others are asleep and then
offered quiet activities. Licensing requires one hour of rest time.
Children are offered breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Staff eats
with the children in a family style setting. Well-balanced meals satisfy
the requirements of the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Menus avoid
sugar and high amounts of fat and salt. New foods are introduced
regularly and children are encouraged to taste.
Germs are spread through group setting most often by hand. Therefore,
hand washing is a very important part of the daily routine. Children are
taught proper hand washing techniques. Your reinforcement of hand
washing at home will help your child develop a habit that will prevent
Children who are new to groups do get sick more frequently especially at
first. They come in contact with germs that their bodies do not have
strong defenses against. As children spend more time with group
settings, they usually become more resistant to illnesses. Be sure to
have a back up plan for when your child is ill.
Children brush their teeth after lunch. This is an important part of
All staff are trained in First-Aid and CPR.
Do not send your child if he/she has:
- enlarged glands
- lice or their nits
- undiagnosed skin rash
- sore or swollen joints
- inflamed eyes
following guidelines are to be used in determining when a child may
return to the center after an illness:
Before children become ill, be sure to plan for alternative arrangements
for childcare on these days. Plan ahead for those occasions when your
child becomes ill at school so that he/she can be taken to a quieter
more comfortable setting as quickly as possible. A busy, noisy classroom
is not pleasant for a child who feels ill.
- 24 hours AFTER a fever has disappeared; without medication take to reduce
- 24 hours AFTER the stool or urine has returned to normal color or
- 24 hours AFTER vomiting has ceased;
- proof of a negative throat culture or 24 hours after treatment has
begun if the culture is positive;
- 24 hours AFTER beginning a prescription medication of any kind;
- Presentation of a doctor's statement that the child is free of
Be sure to keep us abreast of all your current telephone numbers
including work, home and cellular numbers. When your child is not
feeling well it is important we be able to contact you or your
It is the center's expectation that parent(s) will carry insurance to
include medical coverage for expenses incurred as a result of an
accident or injury. These expenses are the responsibility of the
event the center has no electricity, heat, or water, a decision will be
made regarding staying open. Every effort will be made to keep the
center open while considering the safety of the children.
Plan for Dealing with Fire, Ingestion of Poisons, Serious Injuries,
1. Fire - A fire drill is held twice a month. The plan in case of fire
is to get out of the building and away from it quickly.
The emergency forms are carried out in order that children's families
can be contacted to come for their children if necessary.
2. Chemical Leaks - If a threatening chemical or otherwise dangerous
situation arises Child Development Academy at Marshall University is
prepared for a lock-down shelter in place. All staff members are
knowledgeable of the procedure and prepared to produce a safe nurturing
environment until we are notified of the All Clear. This information
will be available to you on your local TV or radio station. If shelter
in place is in effect, persons including parents are not allowed to
enter or leave the building. Opening doors may contaminate the center.
3. Threatening Persons – Evacuation – In the event the center needs to
be evacuated, the children will be taken to a pre-arranged destination
for safe harbor until an all-clear can be given.
Injuries – Injuries more than a slight scratch or bump are reported to
the parent immediately, if possible. In case of an injury that may
require medical care, we can obtain quick consultation by phone from
Cabell Huntington Hospital or University Pediatrics. If a child must be
taken to the emergency room, a family member is expected to come and
take the child. If it is impossible to get in touch with a family member
and stitches or other medical help are needed, a staff member is to
obtain the permission of the Director and then call 911 for an ambulance
to transport the child and another adult to Cabell Huntington Hospital,
1340 Hal Greer Blvd. Best judgment is to be used for each individual
case based upon first aid and CPR training.
EMERGENCY NUMBERS: St. Mary's Hospital – 526-1234; Emergency Room –
526-1111; Cabell Huntington Hospital – 526-2000; Emergency Room –
526-2200; Ambulance – 911; Poison Control 1-800-222-1222; RF Steiner's –
525-7773; Sixth Avenue Church of Christ – 523-6181
OUR FIRST CHOICE IN AN EMERGENCY IS TO TRANSPORT TO
CABELL HUNTINGTON HOSPITAL
WEATHER EMERGENCIES: Tune into your local TV Station or Radio Station
for announcements. (WOWK, WSAZ, WKEE, WTCR). The Academy will be closed
for inclement weather only when Marshall University is closed.
note: This information is subject to change without notice. Please refer
to official documentation for the most up-to-date and specific
information available regarding health, safety and emergency situations.
forms are available in Adobe PDF format.