Tot Spot Policies

Child Guidance Policy

Caring about students and wanting the best possible learning environment for them assumes a positive approach to child guidance.  Supportive class management is the way our program is organized.  The learning process involves teaching children to resolve their differences and develop self-control.  Children must learn to live cooperatively and successfully with others.

We will separate a child from the other children if he/she becomes very disruptive or harmful, and does not respond to teacher suggestions for behavior change.  We will take the child to a quiet place to sit until settled. This spot will be where he/she can see the group. No punishment will be used.

Emergency Procedure for an Accident or Serious Illness

In the case of an accident or serious illness, Tot Spot will notify the child’s parent/guardian and will ensure the child receives medical attention if necessary.  If emergency services are required, we will call 911.  If the child needs to go to the hospital, the child’s health form will accompany the child in the ambulance.

Fire Emergency Procedure

If a fire occurs, we will:
Activate the fire alarm.
Line up, count the children and proceed to the nearest exit with the teacher at the front of the line facing the children. Teachers will have attendance and student records with them and will close doors behind them to confine fire.
Have an adult in the gym and craft areas check washrooms.
Recount the children once outside.
Call 911 and give the address – 1507 Acadia Drive SE – Bonavista Baptist Church.
To prepare for a fire emergency we will:
Pre-plan our fire escape route.
Practice with children.
Practice fire prevention at all times.
Recount the children once outside.
Call 911 and give the address – 1507 Acadia Drive SE – Bonavista Baptist Church.
Note: Our emergency evacuation location is the St. Bonaventure Catholic CHURCH across the street from Tot Spot.

Communicable Disease Policy

Tot Spot has a Communicable Disease Policy in place. For it to work, we need your help.

Reporting a Communicable Disease

If a child has been diagnosed with a communicable disease, parents/guardians must report it to the child's teacher. Teachers will then contact all the parents/guardians of the children who have been exposed to the affected child. Tot Spot will report the communicable disease to the appropriate health authorities.

Public Health Recommendations

Tot Spot will consult with Public Health and will follow their recommendations. It might be necessary for a child's parents/guardians to remove the child until the child is well enough to return.

Child Becoming Ill at Tot Spot

Should a child become ill at Tot Spot, parents/guardians will be notified immediately and staff will isolate the child until the parent/guardian arrives to take the child home. If the child's parents/guardians are not available, the emergency contact person will be called

Keeping a Sick Child at Home

Parents are asked to be vigilant about keeping their child home when he/she is ill and not feeling well. You are required to review the Alberta Health Daily Checklist (For Children Under 18) each day prior to dropping off your child at school and follow the guidelines outlined there. We will take your child’s temperature upon arrival and ask you if your child is feeling well. If you child becomes unwell, they will be isolated from the other children and you will be called to come and pick up your child.

In addition to the COVID-19 protocols, the Child Care Licensing Handbook states that a child is considered ill when they exhibit any of the following signs or symptoms: vomiting, fever, frequent diarrhea, or a new unexplained rash or cough. A child may also be considered ill if they temporarily require greater care and attention that cannot be provided without compromising the care of other children, or if a staff member knows or believes the child poses a health risk to other persons on the program premises.

If your child has been ill, they should be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school.

Pre-Existing Conditions

Please notify your child’s teacher if your child has any pre-existing conditions that may present as COVID-19 symptoms such as allergies, asthma etc. Please note these on the health form you will receive with your information package and let your child’s teacher know when they call you prior to the first day of school.

Head Lice

Please notify Tot Spot immediately if you find your child has lice. Lice are not uncommon and can be acquired by any child. Please see your child's doctor and follow the eradication procedure that is prescribed. Children with lice will not be allowed to return to school until they have been treated.

Staff Training

All Tot Spot staff is trained in First Aid and CPR as required by Children’s Services. Our goal is to keep students and staff healthy and safe.