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Creating Asthma Friendly Environments

Child Care Provider Checklist

Child Care Providers Responsibility Checklist

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

Know which children have asthma and/or use asthma medication.

Distribute the Child Asthma Information Package to parents/guardians of children with asthma.

Ensure each parent/guardian of a child with asthma completes and returns the forms included in the Asthma Information Package.

Meet with each parent/guardian of a child with asthma to review their completed forms from the Asthma Information Package.

Post/keep a copy of the Child Asthma Management Plan for each child with asthma in the classroom to provide easy access for those working in the classroom.

Ensure children with asthma have easy access to their asthma medication at all times, including on child care centre field trips.

For children who are not allowed to carry their inhaler, keep the inhaler medication in the classroom for easy access.

Know which children require assistance to use their inhaler.

Feel comfortable with your ability to assist a child with asthma to use an inhaler.

Know how to recognize and handle worsening asthma and an asthma emergency.

Display the Ontario Lung Association's Managing Asthma Attacks poster in each classroom.

Review the steps to take if a child is experiencing worsening asthma.

Inform parents/guardians when children have signs of worsening asthma while under your care.

Know the asthma triggers for children in your class, which are identified on their Child Asthma Management Form

Take action to reduce exposure to asthma triggers whenever possible.

Encourage children with asthma to participate in all activities to the best of their abilities.

Understand how to handle symptoms associated with exercise-induced asthma.

Notify parents/guardians well in advance of trips and identify activities involved.