Promoting a healthy environment

Your child’s Health

Little Diggers educators need to consider the safety and health of ALL of the children in our service on a daily basis.

Our staff can refuse to accept a child deemed too ill to attend as our aim is to provide a healthy environment for everyone and we want to do our best to prevent the spreading of germs and or illness to other children and staff.

Should your child become unwell or develop symptoms throughout the day, every effort will be made to contact family members or guardians to come and collect them.

A child should not attend kindy if he/she has or is developing any of the following:

  • A temp of 38.0C or higher
  • Consecutive bouts of diarrhoea or vomiting (NSW Health advises that infants and children attending childcare or school should be excluded from attending for 48 hours after the resolution of symptoms) and this is enforced.
  • Skin infections (hand foot and mouth/blisters,) other un-diagnosed rashes, sore and infected eyes i.e conjunctivitis.
  • Acute cold with coughing, sore throat and or green/yellow runny nose
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        Medication form

        Educators are ONLY able to administer PRESCRIBED medication to children.  No over-the-counter medicines will be given without a doctor’s note.

        A medication form MUST be completed and signed by parents before any medication will be given. Medication must be in date and in its original packaging. The medication must be handed to an Educator to store in a locked container in the fridge or out of reach of children.

        Please DO NOT leave medication in your child’s bag.

        Download our medication form

        Illness

        NO CHILD will be admitted with obvious signs of any highly contagious infection or illness including but not limited to, yellow and green snotty noses, conjunctivitis or head lice.. 

         Alternative care should be found for children who are unwell. 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.

        Asthma & Anaphylaxis

        Little Diggers aims to provide a safe environment for children and staff who have asthma and anaphylaxis.

        It is our policy that an “asthma or anaphylaxis plan” be completed by parents/guardians in consultation with the family doctor.

        It is also a requirement that the plan is reviewed by your family doctor annually or as circumstances change.

        This must be completed and returned before enrolment commences and should it expire, your child will not be able to attend the service.

        Exclusions

        Little Diggers is governed by the laws and guidelines as set by the NSW Department of Health. 

        There are varying isolation and exclusion periods for many illnesses and ailments. 

        We always refer to infectious disease information fact sheets and exclusion periods when deciding when it is appropriate for an unwell child to return to kindy. These can be found at;

        https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/default.aspx

        NSW Health recommends that infants/children in childcare who develop any vomiting or diarrhoea should stay at home for at least 48 hours after their symptoms have stopped.  

        Immunisations

        To enrol your child at Little Diggers an up to date Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement must be provided.  

        Immunisations are most effective  if given on their due date (see your ‘Save the Date to Vaccinate’ phone  app or baby’s Blue Book for immunisation dates).  

        Children who have not been immunised due to their parent’s vaccine conscientious objection cannot be enrolled in childcare.

        Parents can request a copy of their child’s AIR Immunisation History Statement at any time (up to their child being 14 years of age):  

        • using their Medicare online account through myGov https://my.gov.au/  using 
        • the Medicare Express Plus App  www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/subjects/ express-plus-mobile-apps  
        • or by calling the AIR General Enquiries Line  on  1800 653 809

        After each new immunisation, parents should provide their child’s updated AIR Immunisation History Statement to us.

        Please be aware that children who have not had  all the recommended immunisations for their age may need to stay at home during a disease outbreak. This is to protect the child and stop the spread of disease.