Child care operators and staff play an important role in nurturing children and helping them to grow in healthy ways. One of the ways daycares can help children stay healthy is to protect them from infections and illness.
Lambton Public Health assists licensed child care and Early Years operators to implement infection prevention and control practices to protect the health of children in their care.
Daycares are required to :
- Report to Lambton Public Health of immunization records for specific vaccines
- Prevent infections from occurring and spreading
- Identify and control illnesses and outbreaks
- Notify Lambton Public Health in the event of an illness or outbreak
- Communicate with parents about an illness or outbreak
Public health inspectors (PHIs) complete inspections at all licensed child care centres in Lambton County to ensure they are following best practices to lower the risk of infections. PHIs assist licensed child care operators with:
- Hygiene and disinfection practices
- Hand hygiene
- Appropriate diapering/toileting practices
- Immunization records for children/staff
- Talking with parents/staff about infection prevention and control practices
Licensed home child-care providers must comply with the Child Care and Early Years Act (2015).
For more information about child care facility requirements talk with a public health inspector at Lambton Public Health.