UNWELL CHILDREN

Policy statement

When a child becomes ill at our setting, our policy is to send the child home to ensure that their needs are met in the most appropriate setting, and to protect other children and adults from the risks of infection.

Procedures

Any member of staff suspecting that a child is unwell or contagious must report this to a senior member of staff.
Any child who has sickness or diarrhoea whilst at Little Rockets will be sent home and they will not be allowed back to Little Rockets for 48 hours to prevent spreading possible bugs to other children and staff.  
A member of staff will make sure the child is as comfortable as possible and away from other children.

The manager will telephone the parents first, then if no answer will try the other emergency contact numbers.

If parents or other emergency contact numbers do not answer then the child will be cared for by one member of staff until the end of the session.

Parents will always be advised to seek the advice of a medical practitioner.

Where staff are concerned about a child’s condition deteriorating e.g. suspected meningitis, an ambulance will be called to take the child directly to hospital and seek medical guidance.  A member of staff will always accompany the child.

Parents will be required to keep children at home if they have an infectious disease or vomiting and/or diarrhoea.  Children cannot return to Little Rockets  until 48 hours after the symptoms have disappeared.

Ofsted will be notified of any child suffering from a serious illness or notifiable disease.