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The illness Policy Notice For Parents

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Throughout the School year, I  send home a notice to parents reminding them of my illness policy.  Also, I talk with my staff about how to prevent the spread of cold & flu germs in their classroom.

Most importantly, I talk with my staff about the symptoms to look for upon the arrival of the children.

Today I want to share with you a simple template that you can use to issue to parents at the beginning of the cold/flu season. Simply copy and paste the template below into a  word document, insert your name, make necessary changes and issue to parents.


Dear Parent,

The cold & flu season is here and we simply want to inform you of our sick child procedures. So please take a moment and review our sick child procedures.

Upon arrival, your child will be observed by his or her teacher for contagious illnesses and must wash his or her hands before entering the classroom.

If your child arrives with any of the following symptoms, he or she will not be accepted into care:

  • Fever (99degrees or higher) Glassy eyes are a sign of a fever
  • Chronic cough
  • Pink eyes
  • Diarrhea or vomiting within 24 hours of arrival
  • Suspicious rash on skin
  • Chronically itchy scalp (scalp with be assessed for lice)
  • The child simply does not look like he or she feels well for childcare care

In the event that your child develops any of the symptoms above, you will be contacted to pick up your child.  Also, your child will be isolated from the other children until your arrival.

Moreover, your child may not return to the program until he or she is symptom free for at least 24 hours (without a fever reducer).

Your cooperation is appreciated,

(Your name)


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Kids Love Singing Songs

When parents walk into your childcare business, they are listening to what is going on. One of the most joy-able sounds to hear in a childcare program is the sound of children singing. In fact, I have not seen one child yet that does not like to sing.

Singing songs seem to bring a spirit of cooperation in a classroom or in your home, relaxes everyone, including you and it is great to do throughout the day.

One of the things that I have discovered about singing songs is the simple fact that you can get kids to cooperate better when you are singing songs. Today I am going to share with you how you can incorporate more songs into your program, because after all….Kids love a place where they can sing!

Moreover, when the kids are happy…the parents are happy too!

Singing Songs during Transition Times

Transition times can be chaotic. In fact, anytime that you make a change throughout the day, it interrupts the kids play and some kids may even resist the change. However, incorporating songs as kids transition from activity to another is a great way to add some joy to your transition time.

Before you or your staff tell children to clean-up, it is a great idea to give children a five-minute warning. Ex, You all have five more minutes to play and then we are going to clean-up to go outdoors, prepare for lunch, read a story, set-up cots, go potty, etc. Giving a warning, prepares the child for the change and it gives them enough time finish up their play/projects.

Here are three song ideas for busy times of the day:

1. During hand washing time.  “ This is the way we wash our hands, wash our hands, wash our hands, this is the way we wash our hands….. all day long.” Repeat it as many times as the child desires.

2. Singing as the kids are waiting to eat lunch. ” I smell lunch, I smell lunch, um um good, um um good.  I can smell the (name food)  I can smell the (name food) then have the kids to rub their tummies as they say, um um good. Repeat the songs until all food is named and served.

3. Transitioning to line-up. We’re going out to play, we’re going out to play, hi ho the Derry-o, we’re going out to play..hey! Repeat the song, as children line-up and begin to march outside.

This is was just a few songs that I have sung with children in my childcare program to make transition time much smoother and to assure that children have an enjoyable experience while they are in my program. In fact, many of the songs, I simply make-up as I go and the kids, seem to catch on as I song the song with them.

I hope that you are  inspired to incorporate more songs into your program. If I were to walk in your program, what songs will I hear? Feel free to share the songs that the kids in your program love to sing and what you think about the songs in this post.

Check out this Website that is full of children songs:

Thanks for Creating a Child Care Business that kids Love!


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