Our Sickness Policy - Should your child attend Nursery

           

                                      From Policies and Procedures :

15. Children suffering from the following infectious diseases and illnesses should not be admitted to nursery for the following periods:

Illness

Required Absence or Action

Any illness involving a child taking precribed antibiotics

( except Conjunctivitis - see later)

24 hours from start of the antibiotics, unless those specific antibiotics have previously been presecribed and taken by the child with no adverse effects.

 

Chicken Pox

 

5 days from start of rash until spots are dry and crusted over.

 

Cold Sores

 

Child may attend

 

Conjunctivitis

 

48 hours from start of antibiotics.

 

Diarrhoea / Vomiting

 

 

48 hours from last incident.

If this condition becomes obvious at nursery, your child will need to go home to recover.

Flu

 

Child should return when Parents and Nursery are agreed that he/ she is sufficiently recovered for a day at Nursery.

 

 

 

German Measles

 

 

 

5 days from start of rash

Glandular Fever

Child should return when Parents and Nursery are agreed that he/ she is sufficiently recovered for a day at Nursery.

 

 

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

 

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Child should return when temperature has returned to normal, spots are dry and crusted over and both parents and nursery are agreed that he/ she is sufficiently recovered for a day at Nursery.

Head Lice

Child may return when treated. Parents to agree with Nursery best course of treatment to prevent reoccurrence and parents will follow this.

 

Impetigo

 

Until lesions are dry, crusted over and healed.

Measles

 

5 days from start of rash

 

 

Meningitis

 

Until parents and Nursery agree that your child is recovered

 

Mumps

 

Five days from the start of swollen glands

 

Ringworm

 

Until treatment has commenced

 

Scarlet Fever

 

Five days from commencement of medication

Slapped Cheek

 

Child should return when Parents and Nursery are agreed that he/ she is sufficiently recovered for a day at Nursery.

 

Threadworm

 

Child may return when treated. Parents to agree with Nursery best course of treatment to prevent reoccurrence and parents will follow this.

It is nursery policy to disinfect toys weekly, and we would recommend after incidents of conjunctivitis, that home toys be similarly disinfected to prevent reinfection. Busy parents may consider this time worth finding given the exclusion time from nursery when a child is suffering. But... we do know that such time is hard to find ...

The above list is not exhaustive and parents should keep their child at home if they feel that it would be his or her best interests to do so.

15.2   In the case of any illness or infection, exclusion is ultimately at the discretion of the Nursery Manager, who will take

          into account the needs of the child, the other children and staff and will usually err on the side of caution.

 

15.3   Parents should inform the Nursery as soon as possible  if their child is to be absent for any reason, and

         must inform the Nursery if their child develops a communicable disease so that other parents, carers, Ofsted and

          Health Protection Agencies can be informed.

15.4   Parents must provide staff with sufficient information about the medical condition of any child with long-term

           medical needs. They should inform staff of any changes to the medicine or support required for that child, and 

         whether any specialist training is required.

15.5   If a child becomes unwell or has any accident whilst at the Nursery, the parent, carer or contact person will be

          notified as soon as possible and any necessary action will be taken. This could be to isolate the child, call an

         ambulance or administer first aid.

15.6   Should a child need to go to hospital, the following steps should be taken:

                 15.6.1   If the accident is not an emergency, the child’s parents or appropriate relative should be contacted and

                               asked  collect the child to take him or her to  hospital

                  15.6.2   If no parent or contact can be reached, or if it is necessary for the child to go straight to hospital, the

                                nursery will determine whether a staff member should take the child directly to hospital or whether an

                               ambulance should be summoned, whilst the Nursery continues to try to inform the parents.

                  15.6.3   Should the ambulance arrive before the parents, the child’s Key Person will accompany his or her charge

                                to hospital.