ILLNESS AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES POLICY. MEDICINES POLICY,
ASTHMA POLICY. ALLERGIES. HEAD LICE
It is our policy to keep children safe when they are in our care, promote good health and take necessary steps to prevent the spread of infection within our childcare setting and while we are off site.
If there is a child in our setting who becomes ill whilst in our care, or whom we believe has an infectious illness or disease (for example a severe cold or stomach upset) we will;
Contact the parents as agreed to arrange for the immediate collection of the child
Ensure the child is excluded from our setting until they have been well for 48 hours, or in accordance with Health Authority guidelines.
If we believe a child in our setting is suffering from a disease or illness which requires notification, we will inform the parents/guardians of our concerns and act on advice given by the Health Protection Agency (details of which can be found at www.hpa.org.uk) as to when they will be able to return to our setting. We will also inform Ofsted of any action taken.
We make parents aware of our sickness exclusion policy and keep a record of the arrangements for the exclusion of a child should they become ill whilst in our setting.
In accordance with the contract agreed with parents we require payment for the child’s place even if they are excluded from our setting due to an illness or infectious disease.
If either of us or one of the members of our family, has a confirmed infectious disease, we will inform parents as soon as we are able.
If we cannot find alternative arrangements with other registered childminders and are not able to offer our childminding service then we do not charge parents for the time the service is unavailable, as agreed in the contract.
We will inform the parents of the other children in our setting if a child we care for has a diagnosed infectious disease.
Sickness and diarrhoea 48 hours after last episode
Chickenpox 5 days after rash appears
German measles / measles 5 days after rash appears
Mumps 5 days after swollen glands start
Impetigo until lesions are healed or crusted
We ensure all adults and children in our setting are aware of good hand-washing procedures, before eating or handling food and after using the toilet.
We ensure there is a supply of tissues available for children.
We immediately clean up any spillage of body fluids using a disposable cloth and gloves.
We wear disposable gloves for changing nappies. We will discard these gloves after each change.
We ensure that any animals on the premises are safe to be around children and do not pose a health risk.
As childcare providers, we will ensure that we implement an effective procedure to meet the individual needs of a child when administering medicines.
In order to achieve this we will do the following:
•Keep written records of all medicines administered to children in our care.
•Inform parents when a medicine has been administered including the time and dosage.
•All medicines will be stored in our utility room and kept strictly in accordance with the product instructions and in the original container in which it was dispensed.
•We will obtain prior written permission from parents for each and every medicine to be administered before any medication is given.
•We will work in partnership with parents to ensure the correct medication, dosage etc is given.
•If the administration of prescription medicine requires technical/medical knowledge then we will attend training from a qualified health professional. The training should be specific to the child in question.
•If either of us is involved in the administration of a prescription medicine that requires technical/medical knowledge then we will ensure that we have attended individual training from a health care professional, specific to the child in question.
•Prescription medication will only be administered to the child it is prescribed for by a doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist.
•Non-prescription medication such as pain and fever relief will only be administered with parents’ previous written consent and only when there is a health reason to do so.
•We will never administer medicines containing aspirin to a child under the age of 16 unless they have been prescribed by a doctor.
•If we do not administer the medicine whilst the child is in our care we will inform parents of who will be responsible for the administration of medicines to their child.
•If we have a child in our care with long-term medical needs then we will ensure that we have sufficient information about the child’s medical condition and will work in partnership with parents to assist the administration of any prescribed medication.
We are willing to care for a child who has asthma and have put together the following policy and procedures. We recognise that asthma is an important condition that affects many children.
• encourage and help children with asthma to participate fully in activities
• ensure children have immediate access to reliever inhalers
• ensure the environment is favourable to children with asthma
• ensure that other children in my care understand that asthma can be serious
• ensure that we know what to do if a child has an asthma attack to protect the child’s welfare in the event of an emergency
• work with parents of children with asthma to ensure that their children are in a safe and
We will ask parents to tell us about their child’s asthma symptoms, how to recognise when
their symptoms are getting worse and how to help them take their reliever medicine.
We will record this information on the child’s personal record form.
• Allow children with asthma immediate access to their reliever medicine whenever
they need it. This may include allowing them to carry it on them either in their pocket
or inhaler pouch, if they are mature enough to do this. We would request that we are also given an inhaler to keep at our house, in case the child forgets to bring it back with them.
Please let us know if your child needs to be reminded to take their inhaler and if they need to do it privately (We appreciate that some children are shy about taking their medication in front of others).
We will always inform parents if their child has experienced asthma symptoms and had to use their reliever medicine.
If, after discussion between the parents/carers and the doctor or nurse, it is believed that a particular child is too young to carry their inhaler, we will keep it with us.
We need parents to:
• Provide written information detailing:
• what asthma medicines the child takes and when
• what triggers the child’s asthma and what to do if the child’s asthma gets worse
• emergency contact details
We will ensure any spare medicines stored by us are labelled and have not passed the expiry date.
We have no problem of minding children with an allergy. We need to know all details of allergy.
Parents should supply any specialist food stuff.
Foods that cause allergic reactions are called allergens. Even a tiny amount of an allergen can cause a reaction. Allergic reactions usually occur after a child eats a food that she or he is allergic to.
Cross-contact occurs when a food allergen comes in contact with food or an item not intended to contain that allergen. Small traces of allergens can cause allergic reactions.
There are several precautions we take to avoid food mix-ups and accidental cross-contact.
If we have both "safe" and "unsafe" versions of similar items (like soy milk and cow’s milk) we do not store these products next to each other. We designate particular shelves or cabinets for storing the "safe" foods.
Hands – We teach everyone to wash their hands with soap and water before foods.
Their hands could have allergens on them and they could make a safe food become unsafe.
Utensils – We do not allow allergen-covered utensils to touch our "safe" foods.
For example, if a knife used on butter gets inserted into a jar of jam, the jam is no longer safe for a dairy-allergic individual to eat. If you spread butter on wheat bread toast and then dip your knife into the butter again, the butter will now contain traces of wheat.
Countertops and other surfaces – We clean all surfaces after preparing food and clean countertops before preparing food. Countertops could have traces of allergens on them.
•If we are preparing both “safe” and “unsafe” food for the same meal, we prepare the safe meal first.
•We do not use the same utensils to prepare allergenic and non-allergenic dishes.
•Place utensils, plates and cutting boards directly into the sink or the dishwasher immediately after use.
We wash pans, utensils and dishes in hot, sudsy water before using them to prepare food for someone with food allergies.
Head Lice can affect people from any socio-economic background and ethnicity and do not imply a lack of hygiene or cleanliness of the infested person.
In order to try and prevent other children becoming infected we have put together the following procedure.
We hope that as Parents you too will work with us to prevent and treat the spread of head lice.
No Child will be excluded from our care because they have head lice and weI ask that all children and parents are sensitive and understanding towards the child. It is not their fault they have head lice.
We request that all children with long hair wear their hair up to prevent the spread of Head Lice
We request that parents check their children’s hair once a week with a special head lice comb to aid early detection.
We request that parents inform me immediately if they have discovered that their child has head lice.
We will provide information on the effective treatment and detection of Head Lice, via our website.
We will inform all parents using my service if a child has head lice but we will not say who to respect confidentiality.
We are happy to support parents with the manual removal of head lice using a special comb, please discuss this with us.
We will assist in the prevention of Head Lice by ensuring the children only use their own hairbrushes and combs and that the play dressing up hats are regularly cleaned.