Sickness and Medical Requirements Policy
Children who are ill should not be brought into the school or nursery. The day is too demanding for a sick child and they may be more prone to infections and communicable diseases. An ill child also places other children and staff at risk.
If your child is brought into the school, parents will be phoned and asked to pick him/her up as soon as possible. Children are not to be brought into the school or nursery for 48 hours after being sick.
If a child becomes unwell while in the nursery
- We will phone the parents to explain that the child is unwell, let them know the symptoms and ask them to collect their child. It is therefore very important that parents advise the school of any changes in their contact details as soon as they occur.
- The child will sit in a supervised, quiet place, away from other children if possible, until the parents arrive.
When children should not be brought to the school or nursery
Children should not be brought in if they are generally unwell or if they are suffering from the following:
- Fever – if your child has a fever above 38 degrees Celsius then he/she must be kept at home for 24 hours until the temperature has gone down to normal (around 37 degrees Celsius).
- Vomiting – your child must be kept at home for 24 hours.
- Diarrhea – your child must be kept at home for 24 hours.
- Strep Throat – your child must take a prescribed antibiotic for at least 48 hours before returning to the nursery.
- Runny Nose w/ greenish discharge – your child should stay at home until the discharge has been cleared up or return with a written approval from your doctor.
- Coughing / Breathing difficulties – if the cough is chronic, deep or productive, hacking, your child needs to stay at home until the cough has resolved.
- Conjunctivitis or Eye infection
- Head Lice – your child my return to school following treatment according to your doctor’s instructions.
- The nursery has the right to ask for a doctor’s note before allowing the child back to class again.
- If a child appears to be ill on arrival to the nursery, the Nurse will take the decision following the above guidelines as to whether the child is fit to stay at school or not.
- If you require the nursery Nurse to administer any medication to your child, you need to submit directly to the nurse the Medication Form readily, available in the office, providing required details on the illness, date, time and dosage required.
Transporting children to hospital procedure
- If the sickness is severe, call for an ambulance immediately. We would NOT attempt to transport the sick child in our own vehicle
- Whilst waiting for the ambulance, we would contact the parent and arrange to meet them at the hospital
- A senior member of staff would accompany the child and collect together registration forms, relevant medication sheets, medication and the child’s comforter. A member of the management team must also be informed immediately
Remain calm always. Children who witness an incident may well be affected by it and may need lots of cuddles and reassurance.