Health & Safety

Precautionary Practices

Annually, staff receives training on emergency procedures regarding strangers in the building, bad weather, environmental hazards, etc. Both staff and children practice fire and tornado drills on a monthly basis.

Illness and Exclusion

If a child becomes ill while at the Learning Ladder, the parent will be contacted to pick up the child as soon as possible. The child will be cared for apart from the other children, under appropriate supervision until the parent arrives.

The Learning Ladder will not admit a child if an illness prevents them from participating comfortably in activities, including outdoor play. The Learning Ladder cannot provide care for a child whose illness may compromise the health, safety, and supervision of the other children in the program. The Learning Ladder reserves the right to deny care if the child exhibits any of the following:

  • Oral temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater – accompanied by behavior changes or other signs or symptoms of illness.
  • Symptoms and signs of possible severe illness such as lethargy, abnormal breathing, uncontrolled diarrhea, two or more vomiting episodes, rash with fever, mouth sores with drooling, behavior changes.
  • Pink eye or eye discharge.

Children diagnosed by a health-care professional with a communicable disease, must provide medical documentation to indicate that the child is no longer contagious.

Immunization Requirements:
Early Childhood Program

If a child is not yet attending school, a copy of the current shot record must be provided to the Learning Ladder.

After School Program

Every school-aged child enrolled at Learning Ladder must meet applicable immunization requirements specified by the Texas Department of Heath and Immunization Requirements in Texas Elementary and Secondary Schools. A signed statement from each parent, that states the child’s immunization record is current and on file at the school the child attends will be satisfactory. This statement must be dated and include the name, address, and telephone number of the school listed in the statement.

Meals and Meal Service Practices

Due to several children having anaphylactic allergies to nuts, all of Learning Ladder is nut free. We request that all families abide by this policy. In packing your child’s lunch or sending treats to school, please check that all ingredient lists are free of nuts and nut warnings.

A daily snack will be served each morning and afternoon. The snack will be one serving from the fruit, vegetable, milk, grain or meat group. No child will be forced to eat, but we do encourage each child to try one or two bites of everything. Sometimes they are surprised by what they like! Snack menus will be posted weekly on the parent bulletin board.

All children at the Learning Ladder during a mealtime will need to bring their own breakfast and/or lunch. Refrigeration for formula, milk, juice, and/or any other items will be provided at the Learning Ladder.

Medical Emergencies

If a child has a medical emergency the child will be given first-aid or CPR as needed and/or as indicated by medical emergency services. If a critical illness or injury requires the immediate attention of a physician, Learning Ladder staff will contact emergency medical services or take the child to the Decatur Community Hospital emergency room. The physician identified in the child’s record will be contacted and the parent will be notified immediately.


Leaning Ladder will administer medication to children if:

  • Parents sign an authorization and include times for Learning Ladder employees to administer each medication according to label directions.
  • The medication must be in the original container labeled with the child’s full name and current when brought to the center.
  • The medication will only be administered according to the label directions or as amended by a physician.
  • The medication will only be administered to the child for whom it is intended.

If your child has a periodic and recurring medical problem, such as headaches, asthma or allergic reactions, parents or a health-care professional may sign a medication authorization allowing Learning Ladder to administer the medication when symptoms occur for up to a six-month period. The authorization must include information on symptoms and specific instructions when to administer medication. No medication will be administered after the expiration date. Parents will be notified immediately after administering the medication and it will be noted in the child’s record. All medications will be maintained in a locked storage unit.

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