Sickness and Medication Policy

Feb 13, 2024

Policy statement

It is common for young children to take time to build a resistance to infection/illness. Due to this it is advisable, where possible that your child joins the nursery in advance of your personal commitments such as returning to work. Please discuss this with your nursery manager. Once children have built a resistance they generally have a stronger immune system.

While it is not our policy to care for sick children, who should be at home until they are well enough to return to the setting, we will agree to administer medication as part of maintaining their health and well-being or when they are recovering from an illness. In many cases, it is possible for children’s GP’s to prescribe medicine that can be taken at home in the morning and evening. Please note that nursery will not be able to provide any medication for children under the age of 6 months.

Anti-biotics – If your child is prescribed antibiotics, they need to be kept at home for the first 24 hours of taking the medication (even if they have been prescribed the anti-biotics previously). This is in case there is a reaction to the medicine. After this period, if your child is well enough, they can return to nursery and staff can give the prescribed antibiotics if they are signed in by a parent/carer. Please note that in the case of antibiotic eye/ear drops or cream prescribed for the treatment of conjunctivitis the first dose must be administered at home. Children may then attend the nursery as usual. In addition, where antibiotic cream is prescribed for the treatment of skin conditions the first dose must be applied at home. Children may then attend the nursery as usual providing that the exclusion period for the condition has been observed where necessary – please see the ‘Infection Control Table’ for details.

Diarrhoea & Vomiting – in line with the Exclusions Table (Appendix 1) which forms part of this policy, children cannot come into the nursery within 48 hours of having an episode of either diarrhoea or vomiting. This includes days when your child is not due in nursery and therefore if they have had either diarrhoea or vomiting when they are at home, your child needs to be free of them for 48 hours before returning to nursery. In addition, if your child has been vomiting they also need to be able to keep food down before returning. If your child has had either diarrhoea or vomiting it is advisable to contact the nursery to check when they will be able to return.

Calpol – upon joining the nursery, parents will sign a statement in the registration document to give permission to administer sugar free Calpol (this applies to parents who joined Little Feet Nursery from May 2022 onwards. Parents who joined prior to May 2022 will be asked to sign an agreement and return this by no later than 1st June 2022). In addition to having a signed statement, parents will be contacted to give verbal permission prior to the medicine being given. Nursery will not administer Calpol to any child under the age of 6 months. The nursery are able to administer Calpol when a child over 6 months old has a high temperature or for mild pain relief. The amount of Calpol administered will relate to the amount stated on the packaging and according to your child’s age. Please note, as per the label on the bottle, Calpol must not be given to a child for more than 3 days. Therefore if a child has been given Calpol on 3 consecutive days they will not be able to return to the nursery on the fourth day, until they have been seen by a GP or no longer require Calpol. The 3 days include any days when a child is not at the nursery. Please communicate with the nursery who will advise you when your child is able to return. Please note, as per the flowchart below, nursery will never administer more than one dose of Calpol a day.

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