The health of your child

Promoting a positive, healthy environment

The daycare considers the safety and health of all of the children and also the prevention of the illness from spreading. No child that is judged to be unwell or a source of infection may attend the daycare. Our staff can refuse to accept a child deemed too ill to attend as our aim is to provide a healthy environment for all children and reduce the spread the germs to other children at our Centre.

A child should not attend the daycare if he/she has or is developing any of the following:
■ A fever of 38.0C or higher
■ Consecutive bouts of diarrhea
■ Skin infection, un-diagnosed rash, sore infected eyes, or signs of any contagious disease
■ Acute cold with coughing, runny nose or eyes, sore throat
■ Vomiting in past 24 hours

 
Illness

NO CHILD will be admitted with obvious signs of any highly contagious infection or illness including but not limited to, yellow and green noses. Our policy states the incubation period, symptoms and exclusion periods of such diseases. Children who are not immunised will be required to be exempt from the Service. (see below)

Alternative care should be found for children who have been vomiting, had diarrhoea, continuous coughing or yellow/green discharge from the nose or mouth. Whilst we realise this can be difficult, sick children make other children sick. All staff follow strict guidelines to maintain a high standard of hygiene at the centre and are regularly trained and reminded of these policies and procedures. Their illness is likely to spread and infect other children and our staff.

When a child has symptoms of an illness, the teacher will alert the Director or licensee who will determine if a parent needs to be contacted. If necessary, the teacher will separate the child from the other children and calm and comfort the sick child. Parents or emergency contact person will be called to collect the child. If the parent or emergency person is not contactable, a decision will be made as to what/if medical attention is needed. Should a parent refuse or delay picking up their sick child, an ambulance WILL be called.

Exclusions

There are varying isolation and exclusion periods for such illnesses as Chicken Pox, German Measles, Conjunctivitis, Impetigo, Head Lice. Upon noticing any unusual symptoms appearing on a child, for example, rashes, bumps, excretions etc., the staff member should ask the Authorised Supervisor for their opinion. Should she decide that there is reason for concern, the child must be excluded from the rest of the children as far as practical. For example a child with head lice may be taken to a corner of the playground for some "special" activities until the parent/guardian can be contacted for collection. The child must be comforted and not made to feel uncomfortable about his/her condition. The staff member or Authorised Supervisor may wish to offer any available information to the parent to help them treat their child's condition. Refer to infectious disease exclusions as to when the child may return to Kindy.

Un-immunised children may be excluded from the centre when there is an outbreak of immunisable preventable diseases. All such cases will be notified to the NSW Health Department. Fees remain payable in full during a child's absence. A doctor's certificate must be produced before the child is allowed to return to the centre after such illnesses, but the Director has total discretion as to whether or not the child may return even with a Doctors Certificate.

If your child is absent from daycare due to a communicable disease, a doctor’s approval may be required for a return to daycare, depending upon the current government health policy.

Infectious Complaints

The Service provides a healthy and safe environment for children, Educators and families to grow and develop in – as such the Service has a health and safety and hygiene policy regarding illnesses and medications. Children with contagious illnesses are required to be kept at home and a doctor's certificate must be presented to show that the infection cannot be passed when the child returns to the Service.</p>

Guidelines from the Department of Health do not allow children suffering from certain complaints, attend our centre. If an illness is considered to be a contagious condition, the child will be isolated from the other children until collected from our centre. Exclusion rules are as follows as set down by The Health Department:-


■ Chicken pox: 5 days after the last sores appear

■ Conjunctivitis: Until discharge ceases

■ Diarrhoea: Until ceases

■ Diphtheria: Medical clearance received

■ Glandular fever: Medical clearance received

■ Hepatitis B and C: No exclusion

■ Impetigo (School Sores): Exclude until appropriate treatment and sores on exposed surfaces are covered with a dressing

■ Meningitis (bacterial): Exclude until well

■ Meningocococcal Infection: Exclude until well

■ Mumps: Exclude for at least 10 days from onset of swelling. Medical Certificate required.

■ Poliomyelitis: Exclude for at least 14 days from onset. Medical Certificate required

■ Ringworm, Scabies, Headlice, Trachoma: Exclude until day after treatment has commenced

■ Rubella (German Measles): At least 5 days from appearance of rash. Medical Certificate required

■ Streptococcal infection: Exclude until the person has received antibiotic treatment for 24 hours

■ Tuberculosis: Medical Certificate required

■ Whooping Cough: Exclude for 5 days after starting

Immunisations

According to the Public Health Act, 1992, we have a responsibility to ensure that all children enrolled at the centre have approved evidence of immunisation status. Parents enrolling children into the centre must provide evidence of this status. Either a copy of your child's blue book or a letter from your practitioner is sufficient. If no proof is shown and an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease occur, then that child will be excluded (on the direction of the Public Health Unit) from the centre for the duration of the outbreak - fees are still payable. Child Care Benefit (CCB) cannot be claimed if evidence of immunisation is not shown.

Vaccination is not compulsory. Parents can elect not to vaccinate, however, children who have no documented vaccination, are not vaccinated or have had homeopathic vaccination are considered unimmunised and may be excluded on the direction of the Public Health Unit.

 
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  Friday 22nd December 2017
Christmas Holiday Period

Little Diggers Preschool will be closed for 2 weeks only at Christmas Time. we will re open on Monday 8th Jan 2018   ►   details...

 

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A friendship is formed....Visitng our Grandfriends in the care homes

As a part of our weekly programme, we just love visiting the residents in the care homes, affectionately known as the 'Grandfriends'. It is so heart warming to see friendships form between the residents and the children at Little Diggers.   ►   details...

 

  Wednesday,18th January, 2017
Chinese Dragon Dancing

The classes will be having a visit from Dept of Education for a Chinese New Year Dance!   ►   details...

 

  Wednesday 19th April, 2017
RSL ANZAC Service

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Congratulations! You guys are amazing - as if you didn't already have enough on your hands!! Love the name and think it's such a great idea!! Mel Reeves