There are no official national requirements for what first aid supplies must be maintained in a first aid kit for childcare centers. Daycare centers are licensed at the state level so you may find requirements in your state’s official documentation.
Caring for Our Children (CFOC) is a program of national health and safety standards developed by the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education, based at the University of Colorado College of Nursing. The national standards collected by CFOC represent the best practices for quality health and safety policies for early care and education settings.
CFOC recommends these guidelines for the care, placement, and contents of first aid kits:
- Each daycare facility should maintain first aid kits and supplies in each location where children are cared for.
- The first aid kit should be kept in a closed container, cabinet, or drawer which is properly labeled and its location known to all staff.
- First aid supplies should be accessible to staff at all times but secure and inaccessible to children.
- When children leave the facility for a walk or in a vehicle, a staff member should carry a portable first aid kit.
- A portable first aid kit should be included in every vehicle used to transport students.
- After use, first aid kits should be resupplied.
- An inventory of supplies should be conducted monthly and a log should be kept that lists the date the inventory was conducted, verification that the supplies were checked, location of the supplies, and the name of the staff member conducting the inventory.
According to the CFOC, childcare first aid kits should contain at least the following items:
- Disposable nonporous, latex-free or non-powdered latex gloves (latex-free recommended)
- Non-glass, non-mercury thermometer to measure a child’s temperature
- Bandage tape
- Sterile gauze pads
- Flexible roller gauze
- Triangular bandages
- Safety pins
- Eye patch or dressing
- Pen/pencil and note pad
- Cold pack
- Current American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) standard first aid chart or equivalent first aid guide such as the AAP Pediatric First Aid For Caregivers and Teachers (PedFACTS) Manual
- Coins for use in a pay phone and a cell phone
- Water (two liters of sterile water for cleaning wounds or eyes)
- Liquid soap to wash injury and hand sanitizer, used with supervision, if hands are not visibly soiled or if no water is present
- Individually wrapped sanitary gauze pads to contain bleeding of injuries
- Adhesive strip bandages, plastic bags for cloths, gauze, and other materials used in handling blood
- Battery-powered radio (1)
The Professional Day Care First Aid Kit from First Aid Supplies Online contains all of the items listed in bold. The non-bold items are easily purchased over the counter. FASO’s Day Care First Aid Kit is wall mountable so it can be stored above the reach of children and has a convenient carry handle for portability.
Nothing is more important than protecting the lives and health of the children in our care each day. Make sure your childcare facility follows the CFOC guidelines and always has the proper number of first aid supplies on hand for the number of children in your care each day.