Illnesses and Health


We participate in the USDA Food Program, which allows us to provide all children with a nutritional breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack each day. PLEASE DO NOT BRING OUTSIDE FOOD INTO THE CENTER. Please make sure you fill out a Food Program application. We must have this application on all children who attend our center even if you think you do not qualify.


Children running a temperature of 100 degrees will be separated from others until parents or designated person on emergency call list picks up the child.

When you child is absent due to an illness, please contact Little Dumplings. Children absent due to a contagious disease may not return without a signed statement from the child’s physician indicating that the child is no longer contagious and is able to return to their regular activities. Please remember that when your child is sent/kept home with a fever of 100 or higher, vomiting, or diarrhea, they MUST be free of symptoms for 24 hours before returning to the center.


We may disperse medication ONLY with written permission signed by a parent stating the date, time, and the amount of medication to be given. All medication must be in the original container with the prescription label intact. Please fill out a Medication Distribution form.


Children must have an up-to-date shot record before enrollment. If not available upon enrollment, then one must be provided within 15 days.


If a child in our care acquires an injury, whether self-induced or by another child, the staff witnessing the injury will fill out an accident/incident report. If the injury is serious in nature, the parent/guardian will be called and we will call for an ambulance and EMTs (unless we are instructed to do different). Please realize that any medical expense will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian. The staff of Little Dumplings is CPR and First Aid certified.


This is only a summary of our health policies. For a complete explanation about all Little Dumplings’ policies concerning nutrition, illnesses, medication, injuries, immunizations, and our policy on biting, please consult the Little Dumplings Handbook.