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Sick Child and Exclusion Policy

We at Little Cherubs Kindergarten feel that children need to be fit and well in order to get the most from the setting. Children that are unwell should remain at home with the Parents/Carers as they may be contagious to the other children at the nursery.

Cuts or open sores, whether on adults or children should be covered with a sticky plaster or other suitable dressing.

If for any reason a child is unwell whilst they are at Little Cherubs Kindergarten we will ensure that:

  • If a child needs to lie down an area of the room will be made comfortable and a bed made up for the child to rest on.
  • A member of staff will be allocated to the child.
  • If a child is found to have an infectious disease during a nursery session the Parent/Carer will be informed immediately and asked to collect their child.

If a child is ill prior to coming to the nursery:

  • Parents are required to telephone the nursery at their earliest convenience, as their child may have an infectious disease, so other Parents/Carers will need to be notified.
  • Guidelines need to be followed and Parents/Carers cannot return their child to the nursery until they are no longer infectious. This is because they could contaminate others

Procedure for vomiting and Diarrhea:

  • The manager/Key person should ascertain the nature of the child’s sickness.
  • For diarrhea the Manager/deputy manager will contact the Parents/Carers after two episodes of diarrhea within one session.
  • The Parent/Carer is asked to keep the child at home for 48 hours after the last bout of vomit or diarrhea.

Procedure for a very high temperature:

  • If a child is suspected of having a high temperature the child’s temperature is taken using an ear thermometer
  • The child is stripped down to their vest or nappy and a tepid compress is applied to the back of the child’s neck to try and reduce the temperature.
  • If a child develops a temperature above 38°C whilst at nursery and the parent has indicated permission on the child’s enrollment form for calpol to be administered. We will contact the parent, who must give us verbal permission to administer Calpol at that time. The parent/Guardian will be asked to telephone the nursery after 30 minutes. If there is no improvement after this period, even when calpol has been administered, the parent /Guardian will be required to collect their child.. Only one dose of Calpol will be administered.
  • Every possible effort will be made to contact a parent/guardian on the condition of their child before contact is made with a named person on the emergency enrolment form.

In all cases where Calpol has been administered, a Calpol form will be completed and signed by the Parent/Guardian when the child is collected. The Information below will be recorded:

  • name of child
  • name and dose of medication
  • Reason for administering
  • the date and time of dose
  • signed by either the manager/deputy manager and countersigned by a member of staff.
  • Verified by parent signature at the end of the day.

Allergies

  • When a child is first enrolled into the nursery Parents/Carers are required to provide full details of any allergies. Little Cherubs Kindergarten requests full details of any allergy and whether the allergy is severe.
  • SEVERE is defined as ANY REACTION NO MATTER HOW MINOR

Which Illness are a problem
Your child should not go to nursery if he has any of the following:

  • A fever. As well as a fever, he may be irritable, lethargic, crying a lot, off his milk or food, have a stuffy nose and be a bit wheezy. All these are signs that your child needs to stay at home until he is better.
  • A respiratory illness, such as Bronchiolitis or Flu. Keep your child at home until he is better, particularly if he has a fever, too. If your child has whooping cough, keep him at home for five days from when he starts antibiotics. A common cold on the other hand, isn’t reason enough to stay at home.
  • Diarrhea and vomiting. Your child could have a stomach virus. If your child has diarrhea and vomiting he should stay at home until 48 hours after his last episode. If your child’s poos are bloody or have mucus in them he should stay at home too. This could be the sign of an infection.
  • If your child has a contagious skin disease such as impetigo he can go back after 48 hours of antibiotics or when the sores have crusted over. If your child has scabies or ringworm he can return to nursery after he’s been treated.
  • If your child has a rash with a fever or other signs of illness,

keep him at home if he has:

  • Chicken Pox, wait until five days after the rash has appeared, or until all the spots have crusted over
  • Hand, foot and mouth disease, wait until all the spots and mouth ulcers have gone before sending him back to nursery.
  • Scarlet Fever, he can go back to nursery after he’s been on antibiotics for five days
  • Roseola, wait until your child seems better before he goes back to nursery.
  • Measles, wait five days from when the rash first appears. If your child develops a rash from the measles, mumps, Rubella, (MMR) vaccination he is not contagious.

If your child’s rash is not linked to a fever or any other symptoms, he can probably go to nursery.

If your child has conjunctivitis, he’ll have red eyes that may feel “gritty”, with a watery or yellow discharge. He can usually go to nursery if he’s feeling well, and if the staff are happy to have him. However, if there are a number of cases of conjunctivitis at your child’s nursery, you may be advised to keep your child away until his infection has cleared up).

Similarly, if he has slapped cheek disease, he can go to nursery if he is feeling well and if the staff are happy to have him).

The list of exclusions does not list all illnesses; we have highlighted the most common. Please see The Isle of Man Government Guidance on Infection Control in Nurseries, Schools, Workplaces and Day Care Centres http://www.gov.im/media/1118089/cdc37b_guidance_on_cdc_easy_read__7-apr-2014.pdf for more information or you can view the full list of exclusions on file at the nursery

If your child is poorly with an illness that is not listed, please use your commonsense when deciding whether to bring your child to the nursery. Remember your childs illness maybe easily passed to the other children.