Illness can spread very easily among children and staff in early childhood settings.
Sometimes a child may appear to have recovered, or only be mildly ill, but it is still important that the child stays away to protect others.
If a child is unwell at the Centre, it places extra stress on the staff and other children, and the child who is unwell finds it difficult to cope and takes longer to recover.
We realise there may be difficulties with your work and study commitments, but please make other arrangements when your child is sick.
Parents, if your child is sick, please phone the Centre on the day he or she is booked to attend.
Policies on different illnesses
– Rationale: To ensure that the health and well-being of the child are protected and nurtured at all times.
– Purpose: To ensure that the Centre is a safe and healthy place for all adults and children.
– Staff will notify via the parents’ notice-board of any viruses that are present in the Centre.
Child must stay away until at least five days after the rash appears, or in mild cases, until all the spots have dried (there is no fluid left in the spots).
Child can return to the Centre 24 hours after first treated with prescription medicine. As conjunctivitis is highly contagious, it is imperative that there is no discharge from the eyes.
Hand, foot and mouth
Child must stay away until the blisters have dried and they are well.
Child must stay away until the morning after their first treatment.
Impetigo (school sores)
Child must stay away for at least 24 hours after the treatment begins. Sores should be covered until they have healed.
Child must stay away until at least four days after the rash appears and they are well.
Child must stay away until nine days after the swelling around the face began or until the swelling of involved glands settles completely.
There is no specific treatment for this disease. Most children are no longer contagious by the time they are diagnosed, so they can attend the Centre. They are not usually infectious after the rash occurs.
Child must stay away 24 hours after treatment has started and 24 hours after the fever stops, or longer until the child is well.
Symptoms must have stopped for 24 hours or more and the child is well before he/she can return to the Centre.
Child should be seen by a doctor, kept away from other children, and stay away from the Centre for at least five of days of a 14-day course of antibiotics. If antibiotics are not given, child should be kept away from other children for three weeks from the onset of cough.
Note: If symptoms occur during Centre hours, parents will be notified as soon as possible to pick up their child.
Children must stay away from the Centre for 24 hours from first dosage, or longer if necessary (until child is well).
The Under-Twos medicine folder is situated in the cupboard above the art sink.
The Over-Twos medicine folder is situated in the cupboard above the bench in the kitchen.
Parents/caregivers are required to fill out a form specifying the name of the child, the medicine they are taking and the time and dosage of the medicine to be taken. They then need to sign the form once these details have been recorded. Signatures and dates must be recorded on each separate day.
A staff member who has given medicine to a child will sign immediately after the medicine is taken, with the time recorded. A witness will also sign to ensure all medicine use is properly administered and recorded.
Staff can only administer medication if they have the necessary details and written permission from a parent/caregiver.
Medicines that do not require refrigeration can be kept in the same cupboard as the folders.
If any accidents occur during Centre hours, the staff member who was responsible for the treatment will inform you verbally about accident details.
All staff members have a duty to report to the Centre Co-ordinator immediately if any serious accidents have occurred and ensure that the child is comforted and properly treated.
Staff are responsible for recording all accidents. A statement of how the accident happened, time, date and the treatment given will be recorded in the accident book.
Parents/caregivers must sign the accident book after sighting the relevant details.
Immunisation of children
As per Immunisation 2000, the Centre strongly recommends that all children have undertaken an immunisation programme – those who elect not to may be asked by the Chief Medical Officer of Health to keep their children at home during an outbreak of disease.
Immunisation details are requested upon enrolment. The Centre Co-ordinator will ask parents/caregivers to provide an immunisation certificate for children 15 months or over.
Medical services information
A visiting health nurse makes hearing and vision checks twice a year for children aged three years and over who are attending the Centre. Details of these visits will be displayed on the parent noticeboard. All information regarding children’s health and services are available in the foyer.
Any information relating to individuals with infectious diseases and/or their families will remain confidential.