Child Care Health Consultant Program

Providing Health Consultation Services to Child Care Centers

When taking the steps necessary to ensure that their child care center has the highest health and safety standards in place, area child care centers trust the Child Care Health Consultation Program of VNA to offer up-to-date information and training on pediatric and developmentally appropriate health and safety practices.

The Health Consultants of VNA are Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses who are certified by the Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System. These health professionals offer on-site technical assistance and professional development to staff and site administrators of area childcare centers, Head Start programs, Early Head Start programs, area nursery schools and daycare programs with a goal of improving the quality of existing early childcare centers and meeting accreditation goals.

Centers can choose from technical assistance and support in the following areas:
  • Direct observation of health, safety and nutrition practices in child care
  • On-site and telephone consultation
  • Policy development
  • Addressing health and safety issues
  • Nutrition/feeding information
  • Communicable disease advice
  • Professional development on health and safety best practices
  • Support care for children with special health care needs
  • Technical assistance to staff on health and safety concerns
  • Linking children, families and child care providers with community health resources, e.g., health screenings, health insurance, mental health services
  • Help resolve conflicts between the instructions of the child's health care provider and child care practices
  • OSHA Exposure Plan
  • Development of OSHA Policies and Procedures

 

 

Area child care centers trust our Child Care Health Consultation Program to offer up-to-date information and training on pediatric and developmentally appropriate health and safety practices.

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