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 the setting.
Procedure (how we will put the policy into practice)
We will discuss and keep a record of the arrangements, for the exclusion of a child should they become ill whilst in the setting, with the parents during the settling-in period.
We will promote hand-washing in warm soapy water before eating or handling food and after using the toilet. Instead of using a hand towel for drying hands, a paper towel dispenser is installed near the sink and in the toilet. This will prevent the risk of contamination when drying hands.
We will promote the use of tissues for children with coughs and minor colds.
All spillages of bodily fluids will be cleaned up immediately and all staff members will wear disposable gloves for the changing of nappies. We will discard the gloves after each change.
We do not allow any animals on the premises while children are around and so there is no health risk.
All children in the setting who are excluded due to having an illness or an infectious disease such as a severe cold or stomach upset will not be allowed to return until they have been free from illness for 48 hours. This is in order to minimise the risk of the transmission of an infection to other children, any staff or members of the Little Darling Childcare household.
If a child arrives at the setting with a disease or illness that we believe to be infectious, or that poses a risk to the other children in the setting or any member of staff, we will expect the child not to attend the setting until they have been well for the recommended period of time.
In accordance with the contract agreed with parents we expect to be paid for the child’s place even if they are excluded from the setting due to an illness or infectious disease.
If any staff, or any family member of Little Darling Childcare, has a confirmed infectious disease, we will inform you as soon as possible. As we will be unable to provide a childcare service, you will not be charged for the time the service is unavailable, as agreed with you in our contract.
We will inform the parents of the other children in our setting if a child we care for has a diagnosed infectious disease.
If there is a child in the 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 carry out the following:
Contact the parents as agreed to arrange for the immediate collection of the child
Make the child comfortable and regularly take their temperature.
Ensure the child is excluded from the setting until they have been well for 48 hours, or in accordance with Health Authority guidelines
We will continually reassure the child and phone the parent or guardian if we feel the situation is serious enough.