Is Your Child Too Ill to Take to Child Care?

Taking children who don't feel well to child care is a common topic of conversation.  As a parent you don't want your child to get more sick, you don't want him/her to infect other children (if they are even contagious) and of course you need to follow your child care provider's policies regarding sick children.  Parents, however, still have jobs to go to.

Providers need to protect the safe and healthy environment they have set out to provide for all of the children in their care, they don't want other parents to be concerned about their child's health while in their care, and the providers still want to be sympathetic to the sick child's parents' situation because the provider knows the parents need to work.

There are several factors to take into consideration while making the decision.  This pamphlet "When is Your Child Too Ill to go to Child Care?  How Sick is too Sick?  Recognize the Signs."

The pamphlet lists symptoms with the addition of a 100 degree or above oral temperature that should definitely keep the child from attending child care.  A couple of these include: Headache or stiff neck, loss of appetite, earache and many more.

Also included is a list of common childhood illnesses along with possible symptoms, causes and even actions that should be taken!  These include: conjunctivitis, ear infection, common cold, strep throat, cough, diarrhea, pinworm, impetigo, ringworm, lice, scabies, chicken pox, roseola, and meningitis.

Some additional resources recommended by Children's Home:

Recommended Organizations:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Resource for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education

Recommended Books:


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Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building