ILLNESS & INJURY POLICY
It is Frederic Chopin Integrative Saturday School’s in Bath (FCISS) policy to encourage and promote good health and hygiene for all the children/young people in our care. This includes monitoring the children/young people for signs and symptoms of communicable diseases such as chickenpox, measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis, hepatitis, diarrhoea, vomiting and fevers of 101 degrees F/38.5 degrees C or over.
Should your child be unwell or sick before the start of a session, we would kindly ask you not to bring your child to FCISS. FCISS is an environment for well children/young people, and not suitable for a child/young person who is not well. This policy has been made with the best interests of the unwell child/young person and all other children/young people in mind.
Sick child policy
With the welfare of the sick child/young person in mind and in the interests of the remaining children/young people in FCISS, if in the opinion of the staff a child/young person is ill, then the parent/carer will be contacted and requested to collect him/her as soon as possible. We will endeavour to do all we can to comfort and reassure your child by taking them to a quiet place to rest whilst they are waiting to be collected. The staff of FCISS must be convinced that the child has returned to good health before re-admitting him/her. Whilst at FCISS, if a child’s temperature reaches 38.5 degrees C parents will be contacted and asked to collect their child/young person as soon as possible. In the event of us being unable to contact parents, emergency contacts will be called.
Although we understand that when a baby is teething they may spike a temperature, we ask that they are not brought to FCISS, as a child/young person with a temperature for whatever reason is still unfit to attend.
We ask all parents to be honest with us as if we need to administrate calpol it is imperative that we are informed of any other medication that has been given to ensure recommended safe doses are not being exceeded.
Any child/young person on prescribed medication will be admitted to FCISS in accordance with the medication policy.
A record of why a child was sent home will always be kept.
Serious accident or illness
In the case of a serious accident or illness occurring then the parent/carer will be contacted immediately and the appropriate action taken. In the unlikely event of the parent not being available the service leader will assume charge and if necessary take the child/young person to hospital along with all relevant details.
The following procedures will be followed in the event of Major Accident:
At all times the staff must wear protective clothing (disposable aprons and
1. The service leader and first aider will assess the situation and decide whether the child needs to go immediately to hospital or whether the child can wait for the parent/main carer to come.
2. If the first aider is unsure of what action to take NHS helpline will be contacted for advice on 111.
a) If the child needs to go straight to hospital an ambulance will be called.
The child’s/young person’s records will be taken with them to the hospital as parents/carers sign to give medication in the event of an emergency on admission. Then the parent/main carer will be contacted and arrangements will be made to meet the parent/main carer at the hospital. The designated first aider or the child’s/young person’s key person will accompany the child to the hospital, but will not sign for any treatment to be carried out.
b) If the child/young person can wait for the parent/main carer to come, then the parent/main carer will be contacted and the child/young person will be made as comfortable as possible. A member of staff will stay with the child/young person until the parent/main carer arrives. If the injury to the child/young person is an open wet wound this must be covered to allow for any infection to be contained. It will then be for the parent/main carer to decide whether to go to the hospital or not.
A report of the accident will then be recorded on an accident form and if the child/young person attended hospital. The parent/carer will be asked to read and sign this document. The management team will investigate the nature of the accident and if appropriate, will make any necessary changes to prevent a similar accident occurring in the future.
The management team will inform OFSTED in the event of a serious accident or injury affecting either a child/young person or adult on the premises.
At all times the staff must wear protective clothing (disposable aprons and gloves).
1. The injury is assessed by the Key person and a qualified first aider. If necessary, the service leader will be called.
2. The injury is then treated by a qualified first aider, according to recent first aid advice.
3. The child/young person is then resettled back into the room, and observed.
4. The accident is then recorded on an accident form and the parent/carer is asked to sign on the collection of their child/young person
EXCLUSION PROCEDURE FOR ILLNESS / COMMUNICABLE DISEASE
The minimum exclusion periods are shown on the below. In the event of a child or adult suffering from a notifiable disease e.g. meningitis, or in the case of food poisoning affecting two or more children, OFSTED will be informed
*Note: If an outbreak occurs, the exclusion period may be extended on the advice of Health Protection Agency. If there are two or more reported cases of food poisoning in the nursery Ofsted will be informed and guidance followed. Parents will be informed of any contagious diseases and any risk to pregnant women will be highlighted.