Heath and Safety
Surfaces, floors, toys, and materials will be cleaned on a regular basis and, where appropriate, sprayed with a sanitizing solution of bleach and water, which evaporates as it dries.
The products and materials at Buddings are as simple and natural as possible, reducing the likelihood of allergic reactions.
A signed and dated consent form will be required for each day that your child is to be given any form of medication.
Prescription medications must be in their original bottles, with the child’s name on the original label.
Buddings staff hold current First Aid certificates and are ready to provide care when necessary, and according to health and safety guidelines.
In fact, there are two First Aid kits at the centre, in the kitchen, and in our Emergency Bag, so no matter what the emergency (or “owie”), the supplies are on hand.
In the event that a child needs emergency medical attention, an ambulance will be called first, followed by a call to the parents with all relevant information.
Vancouver Coastal Health’s publication, Sneezes and Diseases, is a great resource for teachers and families when dealing with sick kids. It covers symptoms, cures, and procedures, in a nice, easy-to-digest format.
- Pain – any unexplained or undiagnosed pain
- Acute cold – fever, sore throat, green/yellow runny nose/eyes
- Contagious or communicable disease
- Unusual difficulty breathing
- Fever – 38.3 degrees Celsius or higher
- Sore throat and/or trouble swallowing
- Severe body/scalp itching
- Infected skin or eyes or an unusual rash
- Severe headache or stiff neck
- Vomiting – 2 or more times in 24 hours
- Diarrhea – 2 or more times in 24 hours
- Nausea/vomiting/abdominal cramps/diarrhea – or any combination thereof. Please.
Let us know if your child develops a serious illness or communicable disease after spending time at Buddings.
Fire and Earthquake drills are held monthly (smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are also tested) and our Buddies are taught what to do in each situation.
- At the signal of the smoke detector all children and staff will stop what they are doing and leave the centre via the closest, safest exit
- Staff will take both the First Aid Kit and Attendance Sheet with them, closing all windows/doors on the way out, and checking behind doors, in bathroom etc., for children who may be frightened and hiding
- Children physically incapable of walking out will be carried by staff
- Children and staff will regroup in the parking lot in the alley behind the centre and a head count will be done
- 911 will then be called and any medical treatment necessary will be administered
- Parents will be notified as soon as possible, when time and circumstances permit
- Children will be instructed to crawl beneath the closest tables and stay in doorways, and to crouch, heads down, with their hands covering their heads
- Centre staff will instruct the children to remain in these positions until the shaking stops.
- When the shaking stops all children and staff will re-group and any medical treatment necessary will be administered.
- Any unsafe utility lines will be shut off
- Staff and children will remain in the centre if possible until parents/guardians arrive to pick-up their children.
- The centre will have enough supplies on hand to sustain ourselves for at least 72 hours
The thought of losing a child is terrifying but even though we don’t want to think about it, it’s important to know that measures are in place, just in case. We keep a current photo of all the children in our care on file, so we’re ready to assist the police with as much information as possible. Please contact us if you have questions about the safety measures in place at Buddings.