Child Care Services Health Guidelines and Requirements

Child Care Services Health Guidelines and Requirements


There is no formal routine inspection or daily examination of noses and throats at the Campus Child Care Center. Parents are asked to assume the responsibility of keeping children home if there is any doubt they will being ready and fit for interaction with other children.

Parents should keep a child home whenever:

  • There are signs of a fresh cold.
  • The child has been exposed to a communicable disease, unless the doctor reports continued attendance is safe. If the BU Student Health Center staff disagrees with the parents' doctor's consent, the child will not be allowed to continue participation at the center until the child has completely recovered. Please let the center know immediately about exposure. If you think your child has a communicable disease, have it diagnosed by your physician and notify the child care center.
  • If there has been any fever, vomiting, or diarrhea in the previous 24-hour period.

If a child becomes ill while at the child care center, we will attempt to contact the parent on campus first based on their schedule. The parent will be expected to take the child home as soon as possible to avoid further exposing other children.

Following the onset of an illness, a child's return to the center should be determined by the following:

  • In case of a communicable disease or other serious illness, the family doctor should be consulted before the child returns. The center's director may request written consent from the family doctor for the child to return to the center.
  • Children must be fever free when they return to the center.
  • After a cold, some children might be well enough to return within a few days, while others require a longer period to recover. The parent must consider the child's individual rate of recovery and whether they may be subject to further illness if he/she returns.
  • The child should be ready for full center activity, both indoors and outdoors, when he returns.

NOTE: Absolutely no medication can be administered by the center's staff. Do not put medication in your child's lunch box or leave it for your child to self-administer. It's the parent's or legal guardian's responsibility to administer the medication.