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Who’s Your Child’s Doctor?

Parents: As many of you know, Dr Gangji is no longer practicing in Medicine Hat. If you have listed Dr Gangji on your child’s forms please provide updated information both to your day home provider and to the office. The office can be reached at 403-526-8194 or office@appleblossomdayhomes.com.

Providers: If you are aware of inaccurate information on children’s forms, please update with the parents and ensure the changes are called into the office.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Saturday Standards: Standard 11: Smoking

Providers, please read the following reminder for Standard 11: Smoking:

Smoking is not permitted on the premises of the day home during hours that children are being cared for. Further, smoking is not permitted in any place where children are being cared for, including off-site activities such as at the park or during field trips.

Please note that this standard applies to all people who smoke that may be at your day home, including parents, spouses, or visitors.

 

If you have any questions regarding this, or any other, standard, please review the Government of Alberta’s Family Day Homes Standard Manual, ask your Consultant, or contact the office at 403-526-8194.

Saturday Standards: Standard 10F: Animals

Providers, please read the following reminder for Standard 10F: Animals:

If a provider’s house is home to any animals, the children must not have any unsupervised access to the animals, nor have access to animal/pet foods or wastes. Pets must be vaccinated according to local veterinarian recommendations. All reptiles and amphibians must be kept in locked aquariums or cages.

Please note that all animals are included in this standard, including fish, birds, frogs, crabs and, of course, cats and dogs.

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, or any other, standard, please refer to your copy of the Government of Alberta Family Day Home Standard Manual or contact the office at 403-526-8194.  

Saturday Standards: 10E: Medication

Providers, please read the following reminder for Standard 10E: Medication:

Providers may only administer medication if the provider has written consent of the parents, the medication is in its original container, and the dose is administered according to the label directions.

If emergency medications are in the home and cannot be under lock and key for accessibility, the medication must be inaccessible to children, such as on top of the fridge or in a high cupboard. Should children have allergies, epi-pens must be provided by parents and the epi-pens must be taken on all outings.

In all cases where medication is administered by a provider, the provider must record the name of the medication, the dose given, the time administered and sign.

All medication and vitamins, excluding those that are life-saving, must be kept under lock and key during all working hours.

 

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy, please consult your Government of Alberta Family Day Home Standards Manual or contact the office at 403-526-8194.

Reminder for Parents

Parents: if there are any changes to your contact information, such as change of phone number for you or your emergency contacts, change of employment, change of address, please ensure that you call that information into the office as soon as the change happens. we need to be sure we can reach you should an emergency arise concerning your child.

The office can be reached at 403-526-8194 or toll-free at 877-842-7753.

Thanks!

Saturday Standards: 10D

Providers, please read the following reminder regarding Standard 10D: Medical Conditions.

 Standard 10D: Medical Conditions:

Providers must be aware of any medical conditions children have and consult with the parents/guardians about any special handling required. This information must also be noted on the Portable Emergency Cards. Medical conditions include allergies, ecxema, asthma, epilepsy, or any other chronic illness or condition parents make providers aware of.

 

If you have any questions regarding this, or any other, standard, please review the Government of Alberta’s Family Day Homes Standard Manual, ask your Consultant, or contact the office at 403-526-8194.

New Government Standards

As mentioned to Providers at the last in-service, the Government of Alberta has released a revised Family Day Homes Standards Manual. The changes that will most affect providers are:

  • the change of wording to Standard 8: Supervision.  Where it used to state that children under 19 months must be within the provider’s sight at all times, unless napping and then a baby monitor may be used, the wording has been changed to state that a baby monitor must be used.
  • Standard 10F: where the standard used to require reptiles and amphibians to be in locked rooms, it now only requires them to be in locked cages or aquariums.

We would suggest that parents and providers read through the new Standards Manual, which is available here.

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