FirstAid & Illness

Sickness

Our policy for the exclusion of ill or infectious children is discussed with parents. This includes procedures for contacting parents – or other authorised adults – if a child becomes ill while in the setting.

  • We do not provide care for children who are unwell, have a temperature, or sickness and diarrhoea, or who have an infectious disease.
  • Children with headlice are not excluded, but must be treated to remedy the condition.
  • Parents are notified if there is a case of headlice in the setting.
  • Parents are notified if there is an infectious disease, such as chicken pox.
  • HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) may affect children or families attending the setting. Staff may or may not be informed about it.
  • Children or families are not excluded because of HIV.
  • Good hygiene practice concerning the clearing of any spilled bodily fluids is carried out at all times.
  • Staff suffering from sickness and diarrhoea are not allowed at the setting for 48 hours
  • Ofsted is notified of any infectious diseases that a qualified medical person considers notifiable.

First Aid and Medication

At least one member of staff with current first aid training is on the premises or on an outing at any one time. The first aid qualification includes first aid training for infants and young children.

Our first aid kit:

  • complies with the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981;
  • is easily accessible to adults; and
  • is kept out of the reach of children.

At the time of admission to the setting, parents’ written permission for emergency medical advice or treatment is sought. Parents sign and date their written approval.

  • Our designated person is (a member of staff) who co-ordinates Health & Safety issues is Karen Pearce & Debbie Wilkinson

Our accident book:

  • is kept safely and accessibly;
  • all staff and volunteers know where it is kept and how to complete it; and
  • is reviewed at least half termly to identify any potential or actual hazards.

Ofsted is notified of any injury requiring treatment by a general practitioner or hospital doctor, or the death of a child or adult.

When there is any injury requiring general practitioner or hospital treatment to a child, parent, volunteer or visitor or where there is a death of a child or adult on the premises, we make a report to the Health and Safety Executive using the format for the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences.

Administration of Medication

  •  Only prescribed medication may be administered. It must be in-date and prescribed for the current condition.
  • Children taking prescribed medication must be well enough to attend the setting.
  • Children’s prescribed drugs are stored in their original containers, are clearly labelled and are inaccessible to the children.
  • Parents give prior written permission for the administration of medication. This states the name of the child, name/s of parent(s), date the medication starts, the name of the medication and prescribing doctor, the dose and times, or how and when the medication is to be administered.
  • The administration is recorded accurately each time it is given and is signed by staff.
  • If the administration of prescribed medication requires medical knowledge, individual training is provided for the relevant member of staff by a health professional.

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