Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 8: Children with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities

8.4 Developing a Service Plan for a Child with a Disability or a Child with Special Health Care Needs

8.4.0 Formulation of an Action Plan

The formulation of a plan on how to best meet the child’s needs should be based on the assessment process specified in Standards and and by the child’s medical care plan which is created by the child’s primary care provider in collaboration with the child care health consultant and family. Such a plan should be written, reviewed with the parents/guardians and should be maintained as part of each child’s confidential record.
The plan may be developed and implemented after the parents/guardians have discussed and approved it. The facility should keep the plan as a permanent part of the child’s confidential record.
All issues and questions should be dealt with during the discussion with families; consensus should be obtained and the plan written accordingly. Parents/guardians should provide written consent for the agreement to any plan before implementation for the child. Parents/guardians may revoke their consent at any time by written notice. This is standard procedure in the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for those child care programs involved with the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). All release of information must be in accordance with IDEA, as well as state regulations.
Center, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS Care Plan for Children with Special Health Care Needs Designation and Role of Staff Person Responsible for Coordinating Care in the Child Care Facility
Appendix O: Care Plan for Children with Special Health Care Needs