Volume 5, Issue 12
In This Issue
Every Child Care Provider Needs a Sick Child Policy
Is Your Sick Kid Too Ill to Attend School or Day Care?
How to Prevent Communicable Disease in Child Care
CCEI News: CCEI Announces New Online Speaking and Listening Skills Course
This month only - Take CCEI114A: Health and Hygiene in the Early Childhood Setting at No Cost! If you've never tried online learning, now is a perfect time to start!
Alumni Profile: Melissa Davis
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Certificate Programs - CDA, Director's Certificate, FCCPC and more
Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute December Newsletter!
This month, CCEI Discusses the Sick Child Policy.

The Sick Child Policy is an essential factor in promoting optimal health in child care settings. With colder weather, dry indoor heating, and holiday distractions, this time of year can be very challenging for parents and child care providers as they strive to maintain healthy immune systems in centers and at home. A healthy child care environment minimizes additional workload and stress for employees, and it allows child care providers to focus on their children's learning needs.

Many of the illnesses brought into child care facilities are highly contagious. Creating and enforcing a Sick Child Policy is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of disease, as well as speed recovery time for sick children. A Sick Child Policy lists specific symptoms with which children and staff should be excluded from the child care setting. This information should be presented to parents and guardians upon enrollment so there are no surprises or excuses when a child starts showing signs of an infectious disease. Parents must understand that the Sick Child Policy is in place for everyone's well-being.


Along with the Sick Child Policy, centers must establish reliable emergency contact information for every child, along with back-up emergency contacts. Plans need to be in place to isolate children showing signs of infectious disease until parents or other contacts are able to pick them up. While separating the child from other children, it is still important to comfort the sick child and make sure that the child has proper adult supervision. It is a good idea to have a cot handy in the director's office or another area where contact with other children is limited. Also, it is important to remember to follow the same policies with all staff. Teachers need to have emergency contact information in place, too, and the director needs to send staff members home if they show symptoms.

Daily health checks can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases, as well. Each morning, the teacher or director can ask parents if children are showing any signs of illness, including coughs, nausea, or runny noses. It is a good idea to feel each child's cheek, too, since fever is one of the important signs of infectious disease. It is important to note that the Sick Child Policy is in effect when symptoms are spotted, and need not wait until illnesses are officially diagnosed. A child care provider is not responsible for diagnosing or treating disease, but properly reacting to symptoms.

Proper hygiene is also essential. Hand-washing should be part of the daily routine for children and staff. Everyone in the center needs to learn proper hand-washing techniques, and everyone needs to get in the habit of washing their hands when they arrive at the center, after using the restroom, before meals, and before or after certain play activities in which the spread of germs is likely. Some providers make the tasks fun for children, by singing or playing songs or games to let them know the expected time frame of washing hands, brushing teeth, or gathering toys for disinfection. Teaching children about the importance of using and properly disposing of tissues is also vital.

Maintaining a strict Sick Child Policy, emergency contact information, and proper personal hygiene habits are all essential measures in preventing the spread of illness in the early child care setting.

*In addition to the no-cost promotional course we are offering this month (see below), CCEI offers several courses related to maintaining healthy and safe environments for young children. For a list of our courses, view our course catalog.

Is Your Sick Kid Too Ill to Attend School or Day Care?
By: Robin McClure

A sick kid can create stress for families in many ways. Not only are there concerns for the young patient's well-being but also with work deadlines and employment absenses if a working parent must stay at home.

Many kids with mild illnesses can safely and happily attend daycare, participate in pre-school, or even go to school. A cold, for example, most likely can be handled with some over-the-counter medicine before and after a youngster's day away from parents. But to be sure, parents should always check with their kid's teacher or provider to review the handbook for specific policies that apply to kids and illnesses.
Article Courtesy of About.com Child Care
How to Prevent Communicable Disease in Child Care
By: Andrea Buckner Schoenherr

Preventing the spread of communicable diseases is vital to running a child care center. While it is impossible to prevent all cases of illness, you can create a plan to ensure, to the best of your ability, that
your child care environment is healthy and safe. Develop a strong plan, explain it to all involved, and follow through to ensure that you have done the best job possible to keep each child healthy.
Develop an illness policy for your child care facility. Have parents agree to the plan before they enroll their child. The plan should cover what to do if the child is sick before arrival, if the child becomes sick while in your care, if you or other caregivers are ill, and how information about any current illnesses will be shared. See the Resources section of this article for a manual on developing a child care illness policy. In addition, have a health record for each child. Build a trusting relationship with each family.


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Article Courtesy of eHow Childrens Health

ChildCare Education Institute Announces New Online Speaking and Listening Skills Course

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), a distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, announces the addition of CHD101: Promoting Speaking and Listening Skills to its catalog of online professional development courses.

Speaking and listening skills are essential for the development of early literacy skills, self expression, and oral language comprehension. This course gives child care providers practical methods for teaching children to listen more effectively in order to build vocabulary, knowledge, and general communication skills. The course also covers factors that influence listening behavior, proper speaking skills, and the promotion of active listening techniques. When young children receive oral instruction or engage in conversation, with caregivers or their peers, better listening and speaking skills lead to enhanced learning and overall communication.


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In December only, take CCEI114A: Health and Hygiene in the Early Childhood Setting,
at no cost!

During the month of December, child care staff can log in to CCEI's learning management system at www.cceionline.edu and take CCEI114A Health and Hygiene in the Early Childhood Setting, at no cost! The skills taught in CCEI114A can help educators learn important procedures, practices, and guidelines for maintaining a healthy environment. It is very simple to set up an account if you don't already have one. Click here for details and remember to use promotion code 120110 when prompted. If you prefer to take this course in Spanish, click here and enter the promotion code as 120110SP when prompted.

Melissa Davis
Triangle, VA

Congratulations to Melissa Davis for successfully completing CCEI's Online Infant-Toddler
Orientation Certificate!

Melissa began her career in early childhood while still in high school and currently works with infants. She enjoys taking the children on buggy rides, rocking them to sleep and seeing the looks on their faces when they're proud of themselves.
One day, Melissa would very much enjoy having her own in-home center. She has her CDA, Infant-Toddler Orientation Certificate, and continues to take professional development courses though CCEI. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys watching movies and spending time with her family. She plans on continuing her education with CCEI and would recommend ChildCare Education Institute because "the courses offer much information and you can go at your own pace."

Keep up the great work, Melissa! CCEI is proud to call you a graduate!
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CCEI's Online CDA Certificate programs meet the clock-hour training requirement of The Council for Professional Recognition, which is needed in order to apply for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. CCEI's CDA Certificate programs focus on the six CDA Competency Goals established by the Council and contain the required hours in each of the eight specified content areas. Each hour of completed coursework is awarded 0.1 IACET CEU.

CCEI offers three CDA programs. The CCEI Online Self Study CDA is designed for students who are comfortable with an online learning environment and can successfully complete work independently. The Instructor Supported CDA Certificate, available in English and Spanish, provides students with extra support from a CCEI Education Coach (EC). Each EC is an early childhood specialist with previous experience working in a child care center or school. Students interested in college credit should enroll in the Online College Credit Eligible CDA Certificate program for the opportunity to articulate credit with one of our college partners.

Online Director's Certificate
CCEI offers an Online Director's Certificate that provides professional development for early childhood professionals seeking to further their skills and knowledge in the management of a child care center. The program is composed of nine instructional units that focus on the core areas of competency required to manage a child care center. Each student in the Online Director's Certificate receives support from an Education Coach. Click here to enroll online.
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