Every Cook’s staff member helps to reduce the outbreak of infectious diseases and illnesses in our program by following strict and regulated hygiene, sanitation and infection prevention and control practices.

Parents/guardians are asked to also help control the spread of illness among the children and staff.

Parents/guardians are asked to keep children experiencing symptoms of contagious ill-health at home until the signs are no longer present. Symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • fever
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • discharge from the eyes
  • skin rashes or itching
  • severe or croupy coughs

Health checks are completed at each child’s arrival and throughout the day by editions to help minimize the spread of illness in the centre. When symptoms of ill-health are observed, the child may not remain in care (will not be admitted for the day or parent/guardian will be notified and asked to pick the child up).

When a child is at home or sent home due to illness, infection, fever, and/or medication is required (e.g., antibiotic, eye drops, etc.), the child must be free of symptoms and/or using the medication for not less than 24 hours before returning to the program. If your child is ill with the flu or flu-like symptoms during the night, the child must be kept home the following day.

In some cases, a medical certificate may be required for re-admittance (e.g., skin rash confirmed not a risk to others).

If your child is too ill to attend elementary school, he or she is also too ill to attend our program.