Safety

Medical

Always ensure that the school is kept up-to-date regarding all medication, allergies, diet and illnesses in writing.

If your child has an identified health condition that may require emergency attention, a Child Health Care Plan will be developed prior to your child’s start date. This plan is developed in collaboration with parents and your child’s Silver Creek team. Training by parent or medical professional will be requested by the Silver Creek director if needed.

Help keep our school nut free – please don’t send any foods that may contain nuts to school.

If your child has an Anaphylactic allergy, we must be notified and appropriate forms completed, and and Epi-Pen provided by you must be on-site.

*Please be aware that some children and staff are allergic to strong scents, with these sensitivities triggering asthma attacks and migraines. We would appreciate limited use of hair oils and no perfumes on the child. We are working towards being a scent free facility. This is also a requirement of staff and volunteers.

The staff upgrade their First Aid/CPR Certificate as required.

Immunization

The Ministry of Education requires that records of your child’s immunization be kept up to date. When your child receives additional immunization, please forward to the school a signed statement by the doctor containing the new information. A child is not permitted to attend school if immunization is not up to date.

It is possible to defer immunizaitons because of a medical reason or a conscience or religious belief.

In those cases a Statement of Medical Exemption for Individual form or Statement of Conscience or Religious Belief Affidavit form, notarized, must be completed.

Please note that if an outbreak of a communicable disease occurs, any child who is not adequately immunized will not be able to attend Silver Creek unless the child receives the required vaccine or until the outbreak is over.

Fire Drill

For everyone’s safety, we carry out a monthly fire drill. If you are in the building at the time of a drill you must follow Silver Creek’s direction regarding vacating the building. Our designated place of Emergency Shelter is Richview Library 1806 Islington Ave.,

Etobicoke, 416 394-5120. Please read our Emergency Management policy and procedures for detailed information. (Appendices)

Parking Lot

If you drive your child to school, please use the parking lot off Hartsdale Drive for both drop off and pick up. In the event the drive has the gate across, please just park on the road and bring the children in using the East Entrance. Please do not use the driveway at the back of the school as the buses are coming and going, creating a potentially dangerous situation for walking children.

Arrival Time

Please note that the arrival time for those who are being driven to Silver Creek Pre-School by parents/caregivers is between 9:20-9:30am (1:20-1:30pm). The time before this is used by staff to prepare the classroom activities, equipment and snack. The staff are not available to receive the children and care for them any earlier than this time.

Thank you for your understanding and consideration of this issue. We want your child’s time here devoted to their enjoyment, learning, therapy, and play in a safe and stimulating environment.

Absence Procedure

If your child will be absent please call our office (416-249-9770) or email patrick@silvercreekpreschool.com Give your child’s name and the reason for the absence. We keep track of communicable diseases/infections in efforts to keep all children healthy, and notify Public Health should there be an outbreak (diarrhea, vomiting). Please also inform us of your child’s return. If you use the bus service, you are obligated to notify the bus company of absences and return date.

Illness

If a child arrives at school with, or develops symptoms of, a contagious disease, such as chicken pox, an intestinal upset such as vomiting, diarrhea, or a fever, the parents will be telephoned and are required to pick up their child.

Children with an upper respiratory condition (runny nose or slight cough), without fever, may attend school.

  • Children must be symptom free of vomiting, diarrhea, or fever for 24 hours before returning.

For more information regarding our Health policy please see the appendices.

Indoor Shoes Only

Silver Creek is now an Indoor Shoes Only facility. This means that all adults who work at or visit the school must wear shoes that have not been out of doors. Toxins from shoes that have been worn on pavement/streets/grass, etc., are deposited at children’s ‘face level’ if they are playing on the floor. These toxins will be greatly reduced, providing a healthier environment, with strict adherence to the Indoor Shoe policy. If you can bring your own slippers—great. We will have a stock of crocs at the door for general use. Children do not need to follow this procedure—adults only.