Health and Safety

There is direct link between a child’s health and their ability to learn, therefore when you enrol your child we ask for information about your child’s well-being. It is also important to tell us of any changes to your child’s health. This information will be kept confidential. Your child’s teacher will help you contact specialists in early childhood care, for example, speech pathologists, occupational therapists etc. should the need arise.

Injury Prevention

Children have little or no idea of danger. It is our responsibility to ensure they are safe. We will check the preschool constantly to ensure a safe environment.

It is most important you clearly hand your child over to a staff member each day so we know we are responsible from that point in time.

No matter how careful we are, accidents do and will happen. We will ensure that at least one member of staff, who has a current first-aid certificate, is in the preschool at all times.

In the event of an injury or illness;

Staff will assess the injury

  • if injury is minimal, first aid will be given and an accident report completed
  • if injury is minor, first aid will be given and parents may be called to collect the child
  • if the injury is serious, staff trained in first aid will attend to the child

medical assistance/ambulance will be called
one staff member will accompany the child in the ambulance
families or emergency contacts will be notified
accident report will be completed

Emergency Procedure

There could be an occasion when we would need to evacuate the preschool therefore, we practice an evacuation drill at least once every 3 months. Emergency procedures are posted in each classroom. In the event of a real evacuation, children will be taken to the front lawn of #16 Herberton Avenue until they can be collected.

Sick Children

Our preschool is not equipped to care for sick children; however we will do everything we can to comfort a child who has become sick whilst at preschool. To try and prevent the spread of disease, please monitor your child’s health and watch for:

  • runny nose
  • high temperature
  • diarrhoea
  • red, swollen or discharging eyes
  • sneezing
  • vomiting
  • rashes
  • irritability, unusually tired or lethargic

Please do not bring your child to preschool if they display any of the above symptoms.

Infectious Diseases

In the cases of infectious illness, please notify the preschool immediately.

Immunisation

It is a Health Department regulation that records be kept of your child's immunisation status. You will be asked to provide this before your child begins preschool.

Any child who has not been immunised will be excluded from attending preschool in the event of an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease. You will be required to pay full fees during this time.

Exclusion

If your child contracts an infectious disease they may not attend preschool. Following is a list of diseases which require exclusion. These exclusions apply to staff and children.

Condition Exclusion Period
Acute Conjunctivitis until eye is no longer red and is free of discharge.
Chicken Pox exclude for at least 5 days after the spots first appear and until all blisters have formed scabs.
Coughs, Colds and Influenza until child looks and feels well. If prescribed antibiotics, 24 hours after the first dose. During flu epidemic, we will be advised by the Public Health Unit.
Diarrhoea (including, Cryptosporidium, Rotavirus, Salmonella and Shingella) until 24 hours have passed since first normal stool.
Giardia all persons considered having Giardia, whether as an isolated case or during an epidemic should be excluded until treatment has been given and diarrhoea has ceased.
Haemophilus Influenzae B (HIB) exclude until well.
Hand Foot and Mouth Disease until blisters have dried.
Hepatitis A until 7 days after jaundice has appeared.
Impetigo until 24 hours after treatment has commenced and sores covered with a proper dressing.
Measles until 4 days after the onset of the rash. Unimmunised contacts are to be immunised within 72 hours of contact with a case or they be excluded for the duration of the outbreak.
Meningitis until 9 days after the swelling appeared. Unimmunised children over 12 months are excluded for 21 days from last reported case.
Rubella (German Measles) until 4 days after the rash appears. Pregnant women should seek medical advice.
Streptococcal Infection and Scarlet Fever until 24 hours after treatment has commenced.
Tuberculosis re admit on advice from Public Health Officer.
Vomiting 12 hours after last vomit.
Whooping Cough until 5 days from commencement of treatment. Unimmunised contacts excluded 14 days.
Parasites and Pests which are easily spread and require exclusion
Head Lice until 1 day after treatment has commenced.
Ringworm until 1 day after treatment has commenced.
Scabies until 1 day after treatment has commenced.
Worms until worming treatment has been given.

Diseases which do not require exclusion
Cytomeglovirus Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C
HIV+ or AIDS Glandular Fever
Erythema Infestiosum (Fifth Disease)

Infectious Diseases in Early Childhood Settings : A Guideline for Early Childhood Service Providers : R. Holland & M. Macaitis : May 1992
Guideline for the Control of Infectious Diseases in Child Care : Mark J. Ferson : NSW Health Dept 1993

Aids and HIV+

Parents enrolling a child who is HIV+ are not required to tell the Director. However, they may wish to do so, to assist the preschool in monitoring the child’s health and to allow the Director to give emotional support.  Families involved in this tragic illness deserve our support.

Infection Control

The age and learning nature of children means that infectious diseases are easily transmitted in a children’s centre.  The simplest form of infection control is handwashing.  Detailed descriptions of handwashing procedures are on display in the children’s bathrooms.

Administering Medication

Staff will only administer medication if the parent has signed permission for them to do so.  You must fill out the Medication Form and give the medication to your child’s teacher. Do not leave medication in your child’s bag or locker.

Child Abuse and Neglect

The Children (Care & Protection) Act 1987 defines abuse against children as harm including psychological, emotional, physical or sexual abuse.  In our role as a “safe” person for children we are legally required to report any suspected case of child neglect or abuse.  If a staff member suspects a child is being abused, they will notify the Director, who in consultation with the preschool President will contact the Department of Community Services Help Line.

Smoke-Free Zone

Our preschool is a smoke-free zone.


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