Hello all! I'll be talking to each of you individually with any questions or concerns you might have regarding this issue, but the state standards, 747.3703 to be specific, say that I must provide information in writing as well.
My children have wanted a pet for years. I don't want anything like a cat or dog that's going to be underfoot or leave hair around to make daycare difficult. We'd like to get them guinea pigs for Christmas. (So please wait to discuss it with me until they are not around!)
Guinea pigs do not require any vaccinations or a statement of health from the vet- I've done all the research to make sure I'm still in compliance. Here are the rules:
If you choose to have animals on the premises while children are in care, you must:
(1) Notify parents in writing when animals are or will be present;
(2) Ensure the animals do not create unsafe or unsanitary conditions;
(3) Ensure that children do not handle any animal that shows signs of illness, such
as lethargy or diarrhea
(4) Ensure that caregivers and children practice good hygiene and hand washing
after handling or coming into contact with an animal and items used by an
animal, such as water bowls, food bowls, and cages.
We will be keeping their cage very clean, and I'm not going to allow my kids to take them out of the cage while the daycare kids are here. There really won't be any contact.
The cage will be in the living room, so your kids will probably just wave at them on the way in and out every day. Other than that it won't affect them much at all.
I want to find a scenario that makes all the families comfortable and still allows my kids this- I can't wait to surprise them on Christmas morning!! Please talk to me with any questions or concerns you have so we can get everything worked out before the holidays. Thanks!