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


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 orhttp://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/publications/ngakupuorangahealthymessages.pdf

or the Infectious diseases chart.


No child will be permitted to return to ECOS until 48 Hours has lapsed from the last episode of vomiting or Diarrhea.  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.  An Incident Form will be sent to the parents from Safety Monitor.

Any concerns parents/guardians may have can be discussed with the Centre  Directors Sue and/or Russell


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
  • 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 Diarrhea.  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.


  • 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 through Safety Monitor.


  • 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.


  • Early Childhood on Stafford will be proactive in the prevention of illness.
  • Hygiene standards that minimise the spread of illness will be maintained.

These include:

Thorough hand washing procedures of staff and children

 [Refer page 19  Nga Kupu Oranga for correct method]

  • 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

     The exclusion of all individual drink bottles for children

Regular cleaning and disinfecting routines

  • 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]


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

Adopted:  July 2017

Review Date:  July 2019