SICK CHILD POLICY
It is our policy at Rainbow to encourage and promote good health and hygiene for all the children in our care.
This specifically includes monitoring the children for signs and symptoms of communicable diseases such as chickenpox, measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis, hepatitis, conjunctivitis, diarrhoea, vomiting and fevers of 101 F/38 C or over.
Non-acceptance of children into the nursery
A child who is, or appears to be unwell may be refused admission into the nursery. Although exposure of children to a COMMUNICABLE DISEASE is not in itself sufficient reason to require their exclusion from nursery, any child who becomes a home contact of diphtheria, poliomyelitis, typhoid and paratyphoid fevers will be excluded. When nursery staff contracts a communicable disease or become unwell they must be sent home immediately. The same rules that apply to children regarding exclusion also apply to staff.
The nursery has a policy document for both parents and staff regarding sickness and periods of confinement. See attached link of Communicable Diseases. These are not only to safeguard the health of the individual child but all of the children and staff in the nursery. http://www.publichealth.hscni.net/sites/default/files/Guidance_on_infection_control_in%20schools_poster.pdf
It is the policy of Rainbow Nursery that any child who has contracted any communicable disease must have been clear of that disease for a minimum of 48 hours prior to the child being considered for re admission to the nursery; in the case of diarrhoea the child must have had normal stools for that 48 hour period.
The staff must be convinced that the child has returned to good health before re-admitting them and may at their entire discretion refuse re-admission until clearance has been obtained from a medical practitioner.
Other parents/carers will be informed of any communicable disease if it is deemed necessary. For example, in the instance of Rubella, where there is a possibility of members of staff or parents being pregnant. As part of our nursery policy all individual cases will be kept confidential.
Another instance when a child may be excluded is Head Lice – until the child has been treated (this is especially important where there is such close contact). Equipment that encourages close contact with head such as hairdressers should be discouraged and regularly cleaned.