Health and Safety is our number one priority at The Lighthouse during these unprecedented times due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. 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 the Lighthouse!
All teachers and staff will go through extensive training on health and safety practices, including Fire Drills, First Aid, CPR, AED and COVID training. We continue to work closely with Philadelphia Department of Health and follow CDC guidelines on protocols and procedures.
From first aid training for emergency situations to sanitation and ensuring a clean and healthy environment for children, we ensure that every child is happy and healthy. 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.
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 clean our centers each day 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, The Lighthouse 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.
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.
Our buildings are secured so that only authorized staff and families may enter. Safe, secure perimeters ensure that children can enjoy outdoor play safely. We use window guards (except fire escapes) and cap electrical outlets. Our buildings include smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. Radiators and heaters are covered to prevent your child from touching something hot.
Health and Safety is our number one priority at The Lighthouse during these unprecedented times due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Our newest Health and Safety Manager is responsible for providing leadership and coordination in all health and safety-related topics, including, but not limited to, child health information, staff health assessments, screenings and ensuring all clearance compliances are met for our staffing needs. The Health and Safety Manager provides high-quality health services for Early Head Start, Head Start, PreK Counts and all family engagement services of The Lighthouse. We work diligently to ensure that your child is healthy and kept safe while in our care.