Sickness & Emergency Treatment Policy
Reviewed by: Phil Parker
Next Review date : September 2024
We aim to promote the good health of the children in our care and take steps to prevent the spread of infection and take appropriate action when a child becomes ill.
We want to ensure that whilst in our care any child with medical needs receives the support and proper care needed.
We aim for clarity on the roles and responsibilities of the setting and of the parents in respect of each child’s medical needs.
In order for a child to enjoy their time at FUNDA and be able to learn and grow healthy, they must be well enough to attend. We do not expect parents to bring their child to FUNDA if they are unwell.
If a child is ill prior to coming to camp parents are required to telephone FUNDA at their earliest convenience, as their child may have an infectious disease, so other parents / carers will need to be notified. Parents / Carers cannot return their child to the camp until they are no longer infectious, in order to avoid contamination.
Where a child becomes unwell or ill during a session when possible we seek to contact the parent / carer to discuss the problem and decide on what course of action to take. Staff members will be appropriately trained in order to deal with each situation appropriately. In an emergency, we will contact the emergency services before contacting the parents. In deciding on the best course of action we have to consider all the children and adults in our care, as well as the child /adult who is unwell.
Key Guidelines for Exclusion
Based upon Public Health England (PHE) guidance we adhere to the following exclusion periods depending upon the symptoms and illness:
Head Lice, Conjunctivitis, Tonsillitis, Roseola, Slapped Check, Threadworms, Hand, Foot and Mouth
48 Hours Exclusion:
- Vomiting – after last symptom
- Diarrhoea – after last symptom
5 Days from symptoms:
- Chicken Pox / Shingles – 5 days after appearance of last spots.
- *Whooping Cough
- *German Measles
- *Scarlet Fever – can return 24 hours after commencing antibiotics
- Scabies – until fully treated
- Ringworm – until on treatment
- Impetigo – until lesions have crusted over
There is a list of notifiable diseases which we have a legal obligation to report to Public Health England and Ofsted should a child within our care become infected. Some are named in this policy and are shown by a ‘*’ by the relevant illness.
In these cases, we work closely with you the parents, PHE and Ofsted to ensure we follow any additional advice that may be given.
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) may affect children or families attending the setting. Staff may or may not be informed about it. Children or families are not excluded because of HIV.
Cuts or open sores, whether on adults or children should be covered with a sticky plaster or other suitable dressing. Verrucae must be covered with a waterproof plaster or clear nail vanish.
Treatment of illness procedure
Where a child becomes unwell or ill during a session when possible we seek to contact the Parent/Carer to discuss the problem and decide on what course of action to take.
Send Child home early procedure
Where necessary, the Parent/Carer will be asked to collect the child. If this is not possible then they will be asked to telephone FUNDA after 30 minutes. If there is no improvement after this period, the Parent/Carer or authorized person as per registration form will be required to collect their child.