Health and Safety

Ms. Bolin’s Preschool
Classroom

Welcome families! Food-Related Emergencies
We consider your child’s classroom to be a home Food related emergencies include allergic
away from home and our goal is to make your reactions, choking, or other medical emergencies.
child’s second home as healthy and safe as we All of our staff as been CPR and first aid certified by
can. This newsletter includes information on our the local fire department. There are also center
safety procedures as well as how we maintain a procedures in place if an emergency were to arise.
healthy environment in our classroom. Our hope is For more information on our procedures please
that this information will help put your mind at ease. contact the center’s director. It is also important to
note that in each classroom there are necessary
Creating a Sanitary Environment materials to handle emergency situations.

1. Hand Washing. Hand washing is by far the best • Allergies. In terms of prevention, allergies are
way to prevent germs from spreading throughout posted for other teachers to view in order to
the classroom and center. We require frequent ensure the child’s safety. If your child has an
hand washing at the following times: allergy please make sure the center has a copy
• As children arrive of their Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis
• After playing outside Emergency Care Plan, which can be obtained
• Before and after eating/touching food from your pediatrician. Also make sure the
• After blowing nose and/or coughing center has any medications necessary to treat
• After using the restroom an allergric reaction.
Research has proven the importance of teaching • Choking/CPR. Again it is important to emphasize
children proper hand washing techniques from a the staff at our center is CPR and first aid
young age. We thank you for your cooperation in certified. Our staff must go through re-
helping to teach proper santiary techniques to your certification every two years.
child. • Emergency Forms. Upon registering you
received an emergency form that is required to
2. Food preparation. Our center ensures that while be completed before your child’s first day. These
preparing food, our staff maintains a sanitary forms provide teachers with critical information
environment. As mentioned above, hand washing is during an emergency such as: emergency
important in the classroom especially before meal contact information, medical conditions,
time and is practiced by both teachers and allergies, insurance information, and
children. Also the surface that food is prepared on pediatrician contact information.
as well as our tables are proprely santized with
bleach water. Teachers wear gloves while
preparing and serving food. By following these
guidelines we ensure a sanitary environment for
food preparation.

3. Daily Santizing. In our classroom we want to
ensure all surfaces as well as toys are santizied. At
the end of the day toys are sprayed with bleach
water, and then weekly these toys are put though
the center’s santizier. All dress-up clothes, stuffed
animals, and pillows/cot sheets are put in the
washer weekly. Also all surfaces are sprayed with
bleach water before and after meal-times and also
after group activities.
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Supporting Family Food Preferences and
Practices

Our center strives to show respect and understanding for
others’ cultural practices and preferences. However, in
order for us to provide the best possible care for your child
we need your help. As educators we understand that
parents/families know their child best and we want that
knowledge to be passed on to us. Every family has their
own values and beliefs and we want those values and
beliefs to be represented and respected in our classroom.
Once we know and better understand your family’s needs,
preferences, and practices, we will do our best to ensure
they are respected, followed, and reinforced. Possible
areas in which food issues may arise include birthday
snacks, activities/lessons involving food, and also food
served during field trips. Please let us know if there are any
dietary restrictions we should be aware of such as
vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, gluten free, nut free, etc.
We will do our best to accommodate your child’s needs
and preferences – you simply need to let us know.

For your
Calendar
Community Resources
Park Districts:
• Bloomington and Normal both have fantastic park districts that offer a wide range of activities to
keep your children active and involved (i.e. day camps, community events, recreational sports).
• Bloomington: http://4.17.232.139/parks/.
• Normal: https://www.normal.org/index.aspx?nid=550.
Children’s Discovery Museum:
• Located in Uptown Normal is the Children’s Discovery Museum, which has many opportunities
for fun, educational, hands-on learning experiences.
• http://www.childrensdiscoverymuseum.net.
Local Libaries:
• The two public libaries located in Bloomington/Normal are great resources for families as they
provide an abundance of learning materials for individuals of all ages.
• Bloomington: http://www.bloomingtonlibrary.org
• Normal: http://www.normalpl.org
Community Health Care Clinic:
• The Community Health Care Clinic offers free quality health care for those who qualify. The clinic
is located in Normal and is open Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• http://chcchealth.org
Prompt Care:
• OSF St. Joesph Medical Center has three off-site walk-in clincs that provide quality health care
when your primary physician is busy or not availble.
• https://www.osfhealthcare.org/promptcare/:
o OSF PromptCare-Eastland (Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.)
o OSF PromptCare- College Avenue (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
o OSF-PromptCare- Fort Jesse (Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.)
McLean County Health Department:
• Mclean County Health Department offers a variety of services for residents of Mclean County.
Services offered include TB testing, immunizations/shots, and dental clinics.
• http://health.mcleancountyil.gov.
Family and Child Health Questionnaire
Please return this questionnaire as soon as possible. Thank you!

Child’s Full Name:______________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Name(s): _____________________________________________

In case of emergency who should we contact first?______________________

Emergency Contact Phone Number: ___________________________________

Child’s Date of Birth:__________________ Child’s Current Age:__________

Male or Female
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Does your child have any allergies and/or medical conditions?

Are there any family food preferences and practices we should be aware of?

Does your child have any dietary restrictions we should be aware of?

How would you describe your child’s eating habits?

What are some of your child’s favorite foods?

What are some foods your child dislikes?

Is there any other information you would like to share with us?

Contact Email: Phone Website:
Information Mrs.miller@school.edu 555-125-5789 http://www.mrsmiller.edu