Health Policies

Your health care provider must complete the State Health forms each year for your child to attend the school.  These should be updated throughout the year each time your child receives immunization.  State regulations require that your child's immunizations be up to date.  If you have a medical or religious exemption the daycare needs to have a note stating the reasons.  These immunizations include HIB, Hep B, DPT, MMR, pertussis, varicella/chicken pox and polio injections. Your child will also need to have the appropriate lead-screening test.

Lead Poisoning: Children are exposed to many sources of lead in their normal environments.  Young children are at greatest risk for lead poisoning because of their natural curiosity and hand-to-mouth activity.  Small amounts of lead poisoning may affect a child's behavior and ability to learn.  Large amounts may cause serious damage to the brain, kidneys, nervous system, and red blood cells.  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires that every child should be screened 3 times by the age of 3 years.  The test can be done in your pediatrician's office, or arrangements can be made through the Department of Public Health for a free lead-screening test.  For more information contact the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at 1-800-532-9571.

Children who are sick may not attend the school until they are no longer contagious.  They need to be free of symptoms, including a temperature, for 24 hours.  A list of health guidelines is enclosed for your information.  If your child becomes ill during the school day, we will contact you.  A quiet place will be made available for your child to rest until arrangements are made for him or her to go home.  In such cases, the child is expected to be picked up within 1 hour.

Due to state regulations, all prescription, non-prescription, oral and topical medication needs to be provided by the parent in the original container (a second labeled container can be obtained from your pharmacist upon request).  All medication will need parental and Physican's written permission to be dispensed.  Parent consent forms are available at the school. The name of the child, name of the medication, the dosage, and the time of administration must be included with all the medications given to the teacher. The staff will dispense only according to the directions on the container or physician/pharmacist's descriptive order and will never give the first dose of any medication.  All medication will be stored properly.  Each time a child receives any medication the staff will document and inform parents.  Medication for chronic illnesses need to be accompanied by and Individual Health Care Plan (IHCP) from the child's physician.  IHCP forms are available at the school.  More in-depth information is found in our Health Care Policy which you may see upon request.

In the event of an emergency or accident, we will apply necessary First Aid (call Rescue Squad, if necessary) and attempt to contact you.  If we cannot reach you, we will contact your family physician.  If your doctor cannot be reached, we will try to consult with our Health Care Consultant, or have the child transported to the Falmouth Hospital emergency room via Rescue Squad.  All staff at the school have received approved training in emergency first aid and CPR.  We will notify you in writing within 24 hours if any First Aid is administered to your child.

The WHDCC has a health care policy and a contingency plan for emergency situations which are available to you upon request.

Our first aid kit has the following items included in it that the staff uses to perform first aid for the children.  If your child is allergic to any of the following items you will need to indicate this on the registration forms.


band aids                      tweezers                                   instant cold pack             hydrogen peroxide

gauze pads                    disposable gloves                      Vaseline                          meat tenderizer

gauze rolls                     thermometer                            Desitin/A&D oint.             First aid cream

elastic bandages             Q-tips                                      sunscreen                       insect repellent

first aid tape                  cotton balls                               scissors                          eye wash cup 

calamine lotion

WHDCC wants to prevent unnecessary exposure to children and employees to chemical pesticides and reduce the need to rely on chemical pesticides when managing pests.  It is the policy of WHDCC to only use chemical pesticides when pests have been identified and their presence verified.  Selection of treatment option or corrective actions will give priority to non-chemical actions whenever possible to provide the desired control of pest.  When and if it is determined that pesticides are needed, only those allowed by the Children’s and Families Protection Act will be used.  Further, only certified and/or licensed individuals will be able to use pesticides.  It is this school policy to make the appropriate notification and posting as well as keep records of all pesticide use.  A copy of the school IPM Plan will be maintained in the director’s office and available upon request.