SICKNESS POLICY

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Applies to:

Children attending the Centre and their families


POLICY

Kidz Corner Management and Staff will minimise likelihood of sickness/disease spreading in the early childhood centre by ensuring that children are not brought to the centre when they are unwell, require a level of care that affects the teacher/child ratios, or are unable to participate in the centre programme. (Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008 Regulation 45 Premises and facilities standard: general (1) (a) (ii), (2). Regulation 46 Health and safety practices standard: general (1) (a), (b), and (2).

PROCEDURE

  1. Parents are expected to keep children at home when they are unwell. A child who has any type of infection or requires a greater level of care than the centre can reasonably provide without compromising the health and safety of the other children will be considered unwell and unable to participate in the programme (Criteria HS26).
  2. A record of any illness that occurs at the centre will be kept in the Sickness Book; information included will be the child's name, date, time and description of illness, actions taken and by whom, and evidence of parental knowledge of the illness (Criteria HS27).
  3. A normal temperature for a child is 36-37°C. Temperatures of 38°C and over are regarded as a fever (Regional Public Health). Any child who has a temperature of 38°C will be considered unwell and unable to attend the centre. If a child develops a temperature while attending the centre staff will carry out the following procedures until the child is collected by parents/caregivers.
    • Remove extra clothing
    • Encourage the child to drink cool fluids to avoid dehydration
    • Encourage the child to rest – activity can increase the body temperature.
  4. Pamol/paracetamol or any other medication will only be administered if it is prescribed for a specific condition. Pamol/paracetamol is not considered a preventative or as a treatment for colds or lack of sleep and will not be administered for those reasons.
  5. Parents are requested to notify the centre if their child is diagnosed with an infectious illness (Criteria HS26, Appendix 2).
  6. Children who become unwell at the centre will be isolated from the children and kept under observation. Their parents will be contacted/consulted as soon as possible about the care of the child and asked to collect their child as soon as possible (Criteria HS27).
  7. The centre will provide adequate facilities for isolating a sick child (Criteria PF27).
  8. Any child who has the symptoms of vomiting or diarrhoea either at the centre or at home will be excluded from the centre until they have been symptom free for 48 hours.
  9. Staff will follow the Soiled Child Procedures for cleaning a child who has the symptoms of vomiting or diarrhoea (Criteria PF26).
  10. All staff will carry out the correct procedures for maintaining hygiene in food-handling, toilet and nappy changing and First Aid (Criteria PF16, PF21, HS3, HS20).
  11. The accompanying "Recommendations for inclusion or exclusion of children from Early Childhood Centres" (Appendix 2) form part of this policy.
  12. The recommendations for inclusion or exclusion of children from Early Childhood Centres also apply to staff. Staff members are expected to notify the centre of illness as soon as possible.