Safety at Discoverie School
Education and development are important, but we know that nothing matters more than the safety, security and health of your child. That’s why protection and preparedness are critical considerations in everything we do at Discoverie School child day care centers.
From first aid training for emergency situations to sanitation and ensuring a clean and healthy environment for children, we have more than 40 years of experience ensuring that every child is happy and healthy. And, our 1,700 Discoverie School child care centers nationwide and vans and buses used for transportation all are designed with the safety and security of children in mind. Although scraped knees are a part of growing up, you can have confidence that your child is cared for in a secure, nurturing environment every day. Learn more about ways we care for your child, or for a specific question ask a local center director about our leadership in child care safety, health and security.
How We Ensure Health and Safety at Discoverie School
Our high-quality playground equipment is safe, sturdy and tested with every license renewal period to ensure it is secure and in good working order. Our playground meets ASTMA guidelines and has a newly constructed secure fence. We have safe fall zones with soft landing areas if your child takes a tumble. We offer green lawns and natural landscapes as well.
We assess every child’s health by talking with parents and monitoring for symptoms during the course of each child’s day with us; we increase assessment during flu season. We notify parents when a child does not feel well to help prevent an illness from spreading. We also use electronic daily reporting to give parents real-time information and added comfort.
We clean our rooms three times each day and at closing with safe, non-toxic cleaning products. Cleaning supplies are locked safely out of reach of children. While other child care providers clean toys each evening, Discoverie School sanitizes toys throughout the day to help prevent the spread of germs. We encourage children to wash their hands throughout the day by singing songs and teaching lessons about health and hygiene. Diapering is conducted in an area separate from children’s play areas. Rugs and floors are sanitized daily.
We have strict policies for administering medication to your child to ensure they are protected. Based on new research about healthy practices for infants and toddlers, we require a doctor’s note for any medication, prescription or over the counter, given to a child under 2 years to ensure safety. Medications are stored securely out of the reach of children.
Our centers are secured so that only authorized staff and families may enter with a door code. Safe, secure perimeters ensure that children can enjoy outdoor play safely. We use safety gates, window guards (except fire escapes) and cap electrical outlets. Our centers include smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. Radiators and heaters are covered to prevent your child from touching something hot.
We have dedicated, friendly caregivers who are trained in child development, early-childhood education or a related field. We conduct criminal background checks to ensure trustworthy staff and passionate teachers provide the best care and education for your child. Our staff and teachers are trained in first aid and CPR.
We are serious about training for earthquakes, fires and lockdown situations. We have an emergency evacuation plan at each center. We don’t just have a plan, we regularly test and train so our people are ready.
We offer separate refrigeration for perishable items. Our menu is planned by a registered dietitian so your child eats nutritious foods. We welcome breastfeeding mothers, and we have careful policies for separating breast milk from formula.
Only pre-approved people with photo identification may pick-up your child.