Health Policies


Snack breaks and meal-times offer significant learning experiences and opportunities for connection. The nutritious lunches and snacks that we provide account for the dietary needs/allergies amongst the children in our care. Weekly menus are posted for the current and following week and follow the Canada Food Guide. Please do not send candy, gum, etc.


Our water is safe for drinking. We have a chemical analysis of the water done every 5 years. On October 12, 2017 the sodium in our water tested high at 59.6 mg/L. When resampled on October 23, 2017, the results showed the sodium was 37.5 mg/L. Peterborough Public Health has asked us to inform all parents that they have no concerns unless a user is on a salt-restricted diet. We do not have to test for sodium for another 5 years. Our water is also tested for total coliform and e.coli monthly, nitrates quarterly, and lead yearly. All of these test results show that our water is safe for drinking.

Rest Period

Toddler and Preschool rest periods do not exceed two hours in length, and the children who do not need a daily sleep may do quiet activities. Upon request, we will awaken your child after an hour to ensure sleep patterns at home are not disrupted.

Sun Protection

Children in our program are outside a minimum of two hours a day if the weather permits, so we must take precautions to protect the children from the sun. We purchase bulk sunscreen for all children to prevent cross contamination. Families will be charged $10 per child per season for the first child in the family, and $5 for each additional child from the same family. You can supply your child’s sunscreen in the original labeled bottle if your child has sensitive skin and cannot use our sunscreen.

Wide-brimmed hats, are required.

Insect Repellant

You may bring insect repellent in the original labeled bottle and staff will apply it when needed.

Communicable Diseases

In the event of a child contracting a communicable disease, please notify the school immediately. The staff is authorized to refuse admittance to any child who, in their judgment, is too ill to attend or whose condition presents a hazard to the health of the other children. Before a child is re-admitted, parents are required to present a doctor’s certificate of health.


The Child Care and Early Years Act stipulates that prior to admission, each child MUST be immunized as recommended by the local Medical Officer of Health, unless there are objections due to medical or religious reasons. If this is the case the parent/guardian is required to submit a “Statement of Exemption” provided by the Ministry of Education. Peterborough Public Health also requests that you notify their office by telephone at 743-1000 every time that your child receives a vaccine.

Head Lice Policy

If your child has head lice, it is recommended that you contact your pharmacist, Peterborough Public Health, or your family doctor to determine appropriate treatment. In order to control the spread, children found to have head lice will be asked to leave the centre temporarily and the parents/guardian will be advised to follow the recommended course of treatment. When returning to the centre, the parent will remain while the child is checked to ensure all nits and lice are no longer present. If nits or lice are present, the parent will be asked to take the child home again and continue treatment.

Health and Administration of Drugs

Regulations require daily outdoor play for each child—therefore, it is our policy that children too ill to play outside remain at home.

Buckhorn Daycare will administer prescription drugs to children in accordance with provincial legislation. This requires that you provide the following:

  • Written authorization, including the dosage and administration times.
  • Medication in the original container, clearly labeled with the child’s name, name of the drug, the dosage, the date of purchase, and instructions for storage and administration.
  • Kindly give it directly to a staff member.