Illnesses and medicines

Illness/accidents

If children appear unwell during the day-have a temperature, sickness, diarrhoea or pains, particularly in the head or stomach we will contact you to collect you child. If you cannot do this ourselves, you must send a known carer to collect your child on your behalf asap. If your child becomes ill and no contact can be reached we will make your child comfortable in the quiet room and attend to them until they can go home. If a more serious incident occurs and you cannot be contacted in time, if staff ratios allow one member of staff will accompany your child to the doctor/hospital and another member based at Wizz Kids will continue to try to contact you.

After diarrhoea or sickness, parents should keep children home for 48 hours (or in the case of diarrhea until a formed stool is passed).

This table shows the recommended minimum period for staying away from nursery should your child suffer from any of the illness below (There is a more extensive list obtainable from www.hpa.org.uk/webc/HPAwebfile/HPAweb_C/1194947358374 )

Please note this is only a guide and medical advice should always be sought. Children must never come to nursery if they are feeling unwell or have a high temperature regardless of them being infectious or not: Please note we can and will refuse admittance to children who have a temperature, sickness and diarrhea or a contagious infection or disease.

 Administering Medication

While it is not our policy to care for sick children who should be at home until they are well enough to return to the setting, we will agree to administer medication as part of maintaining their health and well-being or when they are recovering from an illness.

In many cases, it is possible for the GP to prescribe medicine that can be taken at home in the morning and evening. As far as possible, administering medicines will only be done where it would be detrimental to the child’s health if not given in the setting. If a child has not had a medication before, especially a baby/child under two, it is advised that the parent keeps the child at home for the first 48 hours to ensure no adverse effect, as well as to give time for the medication to take effect. Children taking prescribed medication must be well enough to attend the setting!

Only medication prescribed by a doctor (or other medically qualified person) can be administered by us. It must be in-date and prescribed for the current condition. Parents must give prior written permission for the administration of medication.

Oral medication i.e inhalers

Any oral medications must be prescribed by a GP or have manufacturer’s instructions clearly written on them. We must be provided with clear written instructions on how to administer such  medication and we must have the parents or guardians prior written consent to administer.

Illness Period when infectious Minimum period of staying away from nursery
Chickenpox From 1 day before to 6 days after the appearance of a rash 5 days from onset of rash
German measles From at least 1 week before & up to 4 days after the onset of a rash 5 days from onset of rash
Measles From a few days prior to onset of symptoms to subsidence of swelling 5 days after the onset of swollen glands
Whooping cough From early stages and up to 3 weeks after onset of a cough 5 days after Antibiotics have been initiated or 3wks if no Antibiotics are administered.
Impetigo Until spots have healed or 48hrs after start of treatment
Head Lice Until treatment received
Scabies Infection spread from Person-person until successfully treated Until the day after treatment has begun
Conjunctivitis Infectious until cleared up Until cleared if Bacterial e.g pus/sticky eyes. No exclusion for Pink Eye Viral Infection
Diarrhea Vomiting & Dysentery 48 hours after Diarrhea or Vomiting has stopped
Slapped Cheek Syndrome No exclusion
Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease No exclusion as long as the child is well
Threadworms No exclusion if treatment is being received
Scarlet Fever Until 48 hours after Antibiotics are administered
Throat and Ear Infections Until medication begins to work and temperature is back to normal. At least 48 hours.

If your child has a non-serious accident at nursery i.e. falls and grazes their knee it will be dealt with by one of our first aid trained members of staff. The nature of the injury and treatment given will be recorded on an accident form on their TAPESTRY journal. We approve the accident and parents sign to acknowledge receipt.

It is also important that you inform us of any accidents / illnesses that have happened whilst not in our care. You will be asked to fill out a form describing the circumstances of the accident/incident and any further action that is needed such as any medication to be administered.