We define three different situations in the case of illness that require some form of action by our staff:
- Your child becomes ill while at nursery
- You ask us to administer medication
- You ask us to perform a medical manoeuvre
Read below how we deal with these situations.
While at childcare
If you child is ill, it is best for them to stay at home. Your sick child simply can’t get the attention it needs if it’s at the nursery. If your child becomes ill while at nursery, we’ll contact you. As long as we feel we can take the responsibility, and in deliberation with you, your child can stay at the nursery for the rest of the day. In some cases, we will ask you to pick up your child, for instance, if they have a rising temperature or if they’re feeling miserable in the group.
Children are sometimes prescribed medication or receive other medicines (such as over-the-counter remedies) that need to be administered at regular intervals throughout the day. This could for instance include the use of asthma inhalers, antibiotics, or suppositories. If you would like us to administer this medication, you will first need to provide written consent.
Occasionally, parents ask us to carry out what is categorised as a medical manoeuvre. This could be for instance setting up a drip feed or carrying out a finger prick to measure blood glucose. In general, home care or you the parent should carry out these manoeuvres during nursery hours. In very exceptional situations, particularly if it is a long term situation, we could be asked to carry out the manoeuvre. In such instances, you should discuss with the centre manager if the procedure can be carried out by the staff. Again, your written consent must be provided.
Our complete policy on health and illness can be found here.