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Creating Asthma Friendly Environments

Child Care Administrators Checklist

Child Care Administrators Responsibility Checklist

The following is a summary of the responsibilities of child care administrators to create an asthma friendly child care centre:

Include a question about whether a child has asthma and/or uses asthma medication on the Child Care Registration Form.

Create an Asthma Information Package and ensure each parent/guardian of a child with asthma receives and completes the forms included in the package.

Ensure child care providers meet with each parent/guardian of a child with asthma to review their completed forms included in their Asthma Information Package.

Annually provide child care providers with a list of children who have asthma and/or use asthma medication and display the children's completed Child Asthma Management Plan in each of the child care centre classrooms.

Display the Ontario Lung Association's Managing Asthma Attacks poster in all centre classrooms and offices.

Monitor for asthma triggers on an ongoing basis and take action to reduce exposure to asthma triggers whenever possible.

Encourage children with asthma to participate in physical activities.

Develop an asthma policy or ensure existing policies:

  • allow children easy access to asthma medications at all times, including during field trips;
  • include a child care centre wide process for handling worsening asthma and asthma emergencies;
  • include training for all child care centre staff and volunteers on signs of asthma, how to give asthma medication, and how to recognize and handle worsening asthma and asthma emergencies;
  • include a decision-making process to reduce potential asthma triggers; and
  • are reviewed annually and updated to reflect current practices and updates on asthma information.