Health Education

"Good hygiene habits are much easier to introduce when your kids are young," says Laura A. Jana, MD, a pediatrician in Omaha, Nebraska and co-author of Heading Home with Your Newborn and Food Fights. "Bad habits are hard to break."
 
At Central Christian Academy, we are always encouraging children to “wash,  wash, wash your hands, wash, them til their dry” (sung to the tune of “Row, Row, Row your Boat”) and introducing healthy habits while they are little so they can establish important hygiene patterns.  We have hand sanitizer stations on the outside of each classroom for parent use. These hand sanitizers are not used by children and do not take the place of a good old soap and water hand washing by staff.  The Food and Drug Administration recommends that hand sanitizers not be used in place of soap and water but only as an addition. 
 
The staff at CCA is very thorough with sanitizing the toys and materials that the children explore during the day. They sanitize as needed, mid-day and at the end of the day. In the infant class the teachers wear shoe covers in order to protect the babies from outside contamination while crawling throughout the day.
In our toddler and preschool classrooms, we start teaching independence and self-help skills.  We encourage parents to bring a toothbrush, toothbrush cover and toothpaste to school.  We teach children taking care of their bodies is important. 
 
One of the biggest assets we have in our health education program is the Registered Nurse on staff.  Our RN is in the office part time during the week but is available more often as needed.  She helps review all immunization records making certain they are up to date, oversees and regulates our health and wellness policies, teaches our staff professional development regarding health issues, CPR/ First aid and AED for ALL staff, and makes sure all medications and first aid kits are up to date with proper permissions.  

To view the most current immunization recommendations from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), visit 

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/downloads/child/0-6yrs-schedule-pr.pdf

At CCA, our Nurse conducts annual hearing, vision, height and weight screenings. All of the results are given to parents and any referrals are made. Most importantly she checks and treats children who may possibly be ill and need to go home for the day. If there is a contagious illness in a class we will put a sign outside the classroom door to notify other parents or parents may get a call from the Director or the Nurse to inform them of the illness.
 

The Nurse does a monthly program called “Healthy Habits”.  This consists of simple lessons for all toddler and preschool classes that are related to health topics. Some of the “Healthy Habits” lessons include:   Hand washing, Protecting your Cough, Bike Safety, Summer Health and Holiday Safety…just to name a few!  The kids love these fun workshops!
 
The Nurse has also organized a yearly flu clinic that is open to all CCA children, families and relatives. It has been very successful in the last several years and we love being a blessing to the community!
 
A nurse is available at all CCA locations, although the schedule may vary.  Our heart is keeping kids healthy and safe and our staff and Nurse help us achieve those goals!