COMMUNICATING WITH DAYCARE PROVIDERS IN A COMPREHENSIVE BUT EFFICIENT MANNER

It is important for pediatricians to talk about childcare issues with families of special needs children. Such issues include quality of childcare, communication with the pediatric office during times of illness, and steps to be taken during crises. It is also important for pediatricians to make a plan for communication with the child care program and determine how to handle issues of confidentiality. HIPAA regulations can make easy communication more difficult. However with proper permission from parents, the ability to transfer information about a child is invaluable. The Chapter 1 Committee on Children with Disabilities has developed a form that may be helpful in the communication of concerns for special needs children in a variety of settings: in a daycare program, in an Emergency Department, a specialist office, Early Intervention program, preschool or school setting.

This form is available and downloadable as an Adobe PDF by clicking HERE.