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Child Health Policy

Desirable Objective and Practice References:     5a, 7, 11b,

Education [Early Childhood Centres] Regulations 2008: Subpart 2 45 1b,46 1a,b,46 2

Rationale                                                                                                   

Early Childhood on Stafford has a responsibility to ensure that all children are protected from any illness, ailment and/or condition that could adversely affect their health and/or well being whilst attending our Centre.

The Directors of Early Childhood on Stafford as a Good Employer have a responsibility to ensure that all staff and other adults working in the centre are not put at an unnecessary health risk due to the attendance of any child /adult suffering from any illness, ailment or condition.

Early Childhood on Stafford wishes to clearly define all procedures that should be adhered to should a child fall ill during the day at Centre

                     

   Child Health Policy: EXCLUSION

CHILD EXCLUSION

Desirable Objectives and Practices: 5a, 7, 11b

Education [Early Childhood Centres] Regulations 2008: Subpart 2 46(1) (a)(b)(9)

The needs of the child and other children will be paramount in this decision making process

The Directors may exclude any child who they believe may constitute a risk to the health of others.

The decision will be based on the criteria as outlined in Nga Kupu Oranga [pg 13-23] refer below or

http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/nga-kupu-oranga-healthy-messages-health-and-safety-resource-early-childhood-services

  • Or the Infectious diseases chart.

https://www.healthed.govt.nz/resource/infectious-diseases                                                                                                                                  The Directors of Ecos have the authority to exclude any child from Ecos who they believe may constitute a risk to the health of others                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                  This decision will be based on criteria as outlined in “Nga Kupu Oranga”[pg18-23]

No child will be permitted to return to ECOS until 48 Hours has lapsed from the last episode of vomiting or Diarrhoea. No child who has been prescribed antibiotics will be allowed to return to ECOS until 24 hours after the first course of medication has been administered.

The Directors will inform the parent/guardian of the exclusion decision and provide written material if asked to the parents/guardian. The period of exclusion will also be discussed with the parent/guardian.

The Public Health Nursing Service will be informed as well.

Any concerns parents/guardians may have can be discussed with the Centre Directors.                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                    

ADULT EXCLUSION

                                                                                                                                  Desirable Objectives and Practices: 5a, 7, 11b

Education [Early Childhood Centres] Regulations 2008; 45 (1) (ii) (2)

                                                                             Part 5 40 [c], [d], [e]

The Directors will take reasonable steps to ensure that

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

  • Every person working in any capacity in the Centre is in good health and is not suffering from any infectious disease as listed in the Second Schedule to the Health Regulations
  • Children do not come into contact with any person who is suffering from a disease or condition

that is capable of being passed on or is likely to be detrimental to their health suffering from

any infectious disease as listed in the Second Schedule to the Health Regulations 1966 as quoted above.

  • No person uses alcohol or any other substance at the Centre, or is affected by alcohol or any
       other substance that has a detrimental effect on the person’s ability to perform their duty.
  • No adult will be permitted to return to ECOS until 48 Hours has lapsed from the last episode

         of vomiting or Diarrhoea. No adult who has been prescribed antibiotics will be allowed

         to return to ECOS until 24 hours after the first course of medication has been

         administered.

                    

   In all such cases the Directors will exclude such persons from the Centre.

SUDDEN ILLNESS POLICY

Desirable Objectives and Practices:   5a, 7, 11b

Education [Early Childhood Centres] Regulations 2008: 46 (1) (a)(b)(d)

  • Parents/Guardians will be informed if a child in the Centre develops an infectious illness and supporting information will be provided to help prevent further infection ie from the Public Health Nursing Staff
  • Should the staff suspect that the child has an infectious disease or a minor illness, this child should be immediately isolated from the other children in the designated isolation area and the parents/caregivers contacted. This child will be constantly supervised until he/she is collected. [The guidelines pg. 15 Nga Kupu Oranga (refer below p-g 5) will be used in this decision making process.]
  • Should the child’s condition deteriorate the staff will then seek further medical advice and if deemed necessary seek medical attention.
  • All accidents and illnesses occurring to the child will be documented on the Illness/accident form.
  • Parents/Guardian will be informed of exact treatment as soon as practicable and a copy of the treatment will be forwarded to them.

MEDICATION POLICY

Desirable Objectives and Practices:     7,

Education [Early Childhood Centres] Regulations 2008:   46 (1)(a)(b)(d) (2)

  • Each child with an identified on – going health condition that may require medication being administered by the teaching staff will be asked to participate in an Individual Health Plan. The Public Health Nursing service will be contacted to coordinate this
  • If anti-biotics have been prescribed, children will not be permitted to attend the centre until they have completed the first 24 hours of the course of medication
  • Any medication administered will be as prescribed and written on the medication label which must be sighted and will be recorded on the Medication Administration Record]
  • Medication that has reached its expiry date will not be administered
  • Any medication administered will be checked and co-signed by two staff members
  • Each plan will be reviewed by staff quarterly and if no medication has been administered, this will be recorded as a nil dosage given. This will ensure that all plans will be current and staff are familiar with each child’s requirements.

Administration of Paracetamol at Early Childhood on Stafford.

If a child develops a fever while at Centre alternative care arrangements should be made for the child as per the current Exclusion of sick children policy.

A child who has been assessed and diagnosed with a non-infectious illness or condition e.g. glue ear or a sprained ankle, can receive paracetamol for pain relief by Centre staff.

Paracetamol can be dispensed by staff in accordance with the following conditions:

  1. It is prescribed by a doctor
  1. It is used for a specified period of time to treat a specific condition or symptoms.
  1. It is provided by a parent for the use of that child only.
  1. It is stored at the Centre and disposed of or sent home with the child after a specific period of time.

HYGIENE AND THE PREVENTION OF ILLNESS

Desirable Objectives and Practices:5a, 11b

Education [Early Childhood Centres] Regulations 2008: 46 (1) (a)(b)(c)(d), (2)

Early Childhood on Stafford will be proactive in the prevention of illness.

Hygiene standards that minimise the spread of illness will be maintained.

  • after toileting or changing nappies
  • before all meals/food preparation
  • blowing their nose or helping a child to blow their nose
  • after touching pets and other animals
  • fittings [including floors, table tops]
  • play equipment [daily/weekly] especially play food/family corner dishes
  • play dough will be disposed of after use each day
  • Sandpits [regular flushing with water]

These include:

Thorough hand washing procedures of staff and children

     [Refer page 19 Nga Kupu Oranga for correct method]

           The exclusion of all individual drink bottles for children

Regular cleaning and disinfecting routines

              Outcome:

The Well Being of all children will be promoted whilst attending Early Childhood on Stafford.

References Child Protection Policy, Nga Kupu Oranga (Ministry of Health),

Infectious Diseases Chart ( Ministry of Health)                                                                                                                                  or the Infectious diseases chart.

https://www.healthed.govt.nz/resource/infectious-diseases

            ADOPTED   : August 2012

REVIEW DATE: July 2014

 

                                               

 

Policy in Action

If this policy is being effectively implemented the following should be happening in the Centre
  • Children will be sent home after consultation with the parent/whanau if they are unwell at the Centre.
  • Staff will not attend work if they are unwell
  • Parents/whanau will be rung to collect their child
  • Parents will be informed via the whiteboard of any infectious illnesses in the Centre
  • Parents will receive a copy of the accident/illness report on the day of occurrence.
  • Parents will be required to fill in an individual medication administration record for the administration of medicines.
  • Equipment will be seen to be cleaned regularly, see chart on the wall in room
  • Equipment will be well maintained, no broken or worn equipment will be present in our Centre

Hours

We are open from

7.30am – 5.30pm

Monday to Friday

Phone: 03 470 1029