Day Nurseries Act (Ontario, Canada)

Posted on: Tue, 08/10/2004 - 3:26am
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I was shocked this week to find out, when I was signing my child in on the first morning, that a summer camp at the Y that my child had attended in the past had changed their policy regarding the carrying of asthma and allergy medications. The supervisor on duty claimed that the law required this change and that it was being enforced at the Ministry of Children's Service's order. I told them that they and the local inspector who gave them that information were wrong and that I would not leave my child without his epi-belt on his waist. They agreed to keep him for the day until I could provide documentation for my position. I did provide it and their policy has been changed--I talked to lots of people to be sure of that! I thought you might like the reference to the information that I found as other licenced day cares in Ontario may have this policy too contrary to the act and regulations that govern them. Here is the information: Day Nurseries Act R.R.O. 1990, REGULATION 262 Amended to O. Reg. 14/02 GENERAL--37.

(1) Where an operator agrees to the administration of drugs or medications, the operator shall ensure that,

(a) a written procedure is established by a legally qualified medical practitioner or a nurse registered under the Health Disciplines Act for,

(i) the administration of any drug or medication to a child in attendance in a day nursery operated by the operator or in a location where private-home day care is provided by the operator, and

(ii) the keeping of records with respect to the administration of drugs and medications, including those records required under the Narcotic Control Act (Canada);

(b) all drugs and medications on the premises of a day nursery or a location where private-home day care is provided are,

(i) stored in accordance with the instructions for storage on the label,

(ii) administered in accordance with the instructions on the label and the authorization received under clause (d),

(iii) inaccessible at all times to children, and

(iv) in the case of a day nursery, kept in a locked container;

(c) one person in each day nursery operated by the operator and each location where private-home day care is provided by the operator is in charge of all drugs and medications and that all drugs and medications are dealt with by that person or a person designated by that person in accordance with the procedures established under clause (a);

(d) a drug or medication is administered to a child only where a parent of the child gives written authorization for the administration of the drug or medication and that included with the authorization is a schedule that sets out the times the drug or medication is to be given and amounts to be administered; and

(e) a drug or medication is administered to a child only from the original container as supplied by a pharmacist or the original package and that the container or package is clearly labelled with the child

Posted on: Fri, 08/13/2004 - 12:19am
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Someone emailed me off the board to ask about when the Day Nurseries Act applied. This is the law that governs preschools, licensed day care spaces in day cares and summer camps etc. It does not cover schools or spaces in home day care. Hope this helps. K

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