What do I need to have with my child daily?
Infants - individually made bottles (always pack one extra), any food your infant may
have throughout the day, and a binky if needed. You may supply for the week: diapers, wipes, diaper ointment, change of clothes, bibs, and sleep sack.
Toddlers - breakfast (if needed), morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, binky if needed. You
may supply for the week: diapers, wipes, diaper ointment, change of clothes, bedding.
Preschoolers - breakfast (if needed), morning snack, lunch and drink, afternoon snack. You may
supply for the week: change of clothes and sleeping bag.
How do you keep the spread of infectious disease at a minimum?
We have strict infectious control policies. Our staff is qualified to assess children and determine
whether or not they should or should not be at the center. Busy Bee goes above and beyond
with our daily cleaning. We do all of our own cleaning to ensure proper methods and sanitizing
procedures are followed. We teach good hygiene, proper hand washing, and oral health daily.
What do I need to have my child start at Busy Bee?
Completed registration form with registration fee, first and last week's tuition, completed
student packet with current physical and immunizations (if your child has an allergy or special
healthcare needs, more paperwork from your pediatrician is required).
What do you do for family involvement?
We take great pride joining together our Busy Bee families, knowing the importance of family
involvement and teamwork. This is done in a variety of exciting fun, hands on activities. Please
visit our family involvement information link.
American Academy of Pediatrics
Community Care for Kids
CPSC - Consumer Product Safety Commission
Executive Office of Education
Home Health & Child Care Services
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Massachusetts Department of Public Health - Nutrition, Health and Safety
How long should I keep my child at home?
« All individuals with flu symptoms should stay home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, without using fever-reducing medicines. These medicines include Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen), Tylenol (acetaminophen) or a store brand. For most children, this will be about 4 days. Use the Flu Symptom Checklist for Families and Childcare as a guide. Child care centers can not accept a doctor’s note recommending a child with flu-like symptoms return to the program before the time period described above.
Is it safe (as far as flu is concerned) for my child to participate in other activities?
Just like going to child care, children should continue to participate in other activities as long as they are not sick and do not have flu symptoms.
Will my child’s child care center be closed if there is a case of flu?
Child care programs and public health officials will be focused on preventing the spread of flu so that facilities can stay open. They will closely follow the situation and will inform you in the unlikely event that your child’s center is closed. However, it is important to plan ahead. Talk to your family now to decide who would care for your child if the center is closed. When a child care center is closed, it is important that children not gather together at another place. They should stay home to avoid spreading the flu to other people.
What precautions are being taken at child care centers?
« Staff will teach children about hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes.
« Staff will also stay home when sick with flu symptoms, cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, and wash their hands often.
« Centers will keep track of children who are sick with flu-like symptoms, so they can quickly identify flu in the center.
« Centers will be cleaned regularly, especially where germs can spread, such as water fountains.
« Staff will work closely with local and state public health authorities.
Where can I get more information?
« Call your doctor, nurse or clinic, or your local board of health
« Massachusetts Department of Public Health website at www.mass.gov/flu
« Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at: www.cdc.gov/flu
« For flu clinic information, visit the MassPRO Public Flu Clinic Finder website at:http://flu.masspro.org/ or call (617) 983-6800.
Flu Symptom Checklist
The main symptoms of influenza (flu) include fever and cough and/or sore throat. Some people also have a runny nose, body aches, headache, chills and feel tired. Some people also have diarrhea and vomiting. The most important thing that you can do to keep flu from spreading in the community is to keep your sick child at home when they are sick.
SHOULD I KEEP MY CHILD HOME?
- Does your child have a fever of 100.4 degrees or more in the past 24 hours?
- Does your child have a cough OR sore throat?
If you answered YES to both questions above, keep your child home.
Your child has an influenza-like illness.
CAN MY CHILD RETURN TO CHILD CARE?
- Has your Has your child had a fever of 100.4 degrees or more in the past 24 hours?
- Has your child had acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) in the past 24 hours?
If you answered NO to both questions above, your child can return to child care.
If you answered YES to either one of the questions above, your child CANNOT return to child care. Keep your child home for at least another day to observe for additional symptoms. Then use the check list questions again to decide whether you should continue to keep your child home.