If you just enrolled your child in daycare, you might be surprised to learn that your daycare might require your child to have a physical exam before they are allowed to attend. If this is the case, be sure to check with your daycare facility to see exactly what is required. Each daycare is different; While some facilities may only need a physician’s note saying the child has passed their health exam, others may need to see an up-to-date record of your child’s vaccinations or may even have their own form for the physician to fill out.
So, what exactly is the point of a daycare physical? Basically, kids come into close contact with one another at daycare, so it’s important to make sure each child is healthy – both for their own safety and for the safety of the other children. During the physical, the doctor will likely do the following:
- Document your child’s height and weight
- Check your child’s reflexes, strength, and muscle tone
- Check that your child is up-to-date on their vaccinations and administer any that they need
- Complete any other requirements listed on the form you brought from your daycare