The following health records are required for enrolled children:
Seton Hill Child Services’ Health Services provide the basic elements needed to maintain a safe and healthy environment as required by Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and federal Head Start Performance Standards. To ensure the health of your child and the other children enrolled with Seton Hill Child Services, the following health items should be closely noted:
A. A Child Health Record must be completed by the parent or legal guardian at intake to indicate and explain any health or developmental concerns.
B. The measles, mumps, and rubella immunization (MMR) is required for every child in center. A complete, verified record of immunizations signed by a physician must be up-to-date, or in the process of being brought up-to-date, in order to complete enrollment. Age appropriate immunizations required are: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whopping cough), poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, the HIB vaccine (to prevent Haemophilus influenza type B, a serious infection in children) and Hepatitis B vaccine.
C. A Child Health Assessment must be completed by a licensed physician or CRNP and turned in within 60 days of enrollment stating that the child is physically well. Every line of the Health Assessment must be completed, especially the date of the exam."N/A" for “Not Applicable" is an acceptable response. The Health Assessment must be submitted according to the American Academy of Pediatric recommendations for specific age groups.
D. Head Start and Pre-K Counts preschoolers must have a child’s dental record form completed by a dentist.
E. The Emergency Contact/Parental Consent Form must be signed by the parent or legal guardian giving permission to take a child for emergency medical treatment if necessary or provide minor first aid treatments if necessary.
F. A written order from a licensed physician and a signed permission form from the parent are required before staff may give medication, variation in diet, or any other special procedure or treatment.
G. Prescription medication must be in its original container and can only be given to the child whose name is on the label and in the manner prescribed. Medication logs must be completed by parents and staff.
H. Over-the-counter medication may be given with written, bi-weekly permission from the parent/guardian. Medication logs must be completed by parents and staff.
Daily Health Check
A. A physician’s permission MAY BE required in order for a child to return to a center with the following conditions; however, the child definitely may not return until symptoms subside. Guidelines are listed next to each condition:
B. Parents who bring their child to the center MUST stay for the few seconds it takes to complete this brief assessment and ensure the child is able to participate in the program. Findings are documented by staff on the Health Check Log, and a parent must initial the log before leaving the center. Center staff may refuse admittance of a child due to illness or concerns.