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Sickness: should your child attend nursery?

From Policies and Procedures :

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

   

Illness

Required Absence / Action

Any illness involving a child taking precribed antibiotics ( except Conjunctivitis - see later) 24 hours from start of antibiotics

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

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

Scabies

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.

NB 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 if their child is to be absent for any reason,    as soon as possible 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, or whether any specialisttraining 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 to

                               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.