Know the Policies
In 26 years of working in childcare, Laurie Lee Richter has seen many parents get angry when they are called to take a sick child home. "Occasionally they get mad. They come in and yell," says Richter, director of Kidopolis Child Development Center at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Like most centers, Kidopolis asks parents to sign a form that explains the center's policy for sick kids, and the policy is also posted at the door. But some parents may claim they are unaware of the policy when it's their child who is sick.
"It's all about communication," says Richter. "Find out what the written policy of the center is regarding the issues you care about. Then there's no confusion."
Often daycare workers get frustrated with parents who dose their sick kids with medicine and drop them off at daycare. Center workers see the most fevers after nap time, says Richter, because typically that's when the medication wears off.
Berkowitz says parents should keep in mind that there's a limit to how much germ protection you can provide."It's important to keep in mind that there are some things parents can't control at all," he says. "Realize your child's going to get ill whether in a daycare center or not. That's part of the normal part of growing up."