Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 3: Health Promotion and Protection

3.6 Management of Illness

3.6.2 Caring for Children Who Are Ill Program Requirements for Facilities That Care for Children Who Are Ill

Any facility that offers care for the child who is ill of any age should:

  1. Provide a caregiver/teacher who is familiar to the child;
  2. Provide care in a place with which the child is familiar and comfortable away from other children in care;
  3. Involve a caregiver/teacher who has time to give individual care and emotional support, who knows of the child’s interests, and who knows of activities that appeal to the level of child development age group and to a sick child;
  4. Offer a program with trained personnel planned in consultation with qualified health care personnel and with ongoing medical direction.
When children are ill, they are stressed by the illness itself. Unfamiliar places and caregivers/teachers add to the stress of illness when a child is sick. Since illness tends to promote regression and dependency, children who are ill need a person who knows and can respond to the child’s cues appropriately.
Because children are most comfortable in a familiar place with familiar people, the preferred arrangement for children who are ill will be the child’s home or the child’s regular child care arrangement, when the child care facility has the resources to adapt to the needs of such children.
Center, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS Space Requirements for Care of Children Who Are Ill Procedure for Parent/Guardian Notification About Exposure of Children to Infectious Disease Infectious Diseases That Require Parent/Guardian Notification Notification of the Facility About Infectious Disease or Other Problems by Parents/Guardians List of Excludable and Reportable Conditions for Parents/Guardians Death State and Local Health Department Role