Young children develop strong immune systems by being exposed to bacteria and viruses.
For time to time your child may become unwell. If your child has a temperature DO NOT give them Calpol or any other medication to reduce the temperature and then bring them into nursery. We worry if your child suddenly gets a high temperature around mid morning after the medication has worn off and we don't know about it.
You must inform staff of any medication you have given your child before you leave them at nursery, you must also inform us if they have been unwell the night before or over the weekend.
If your child has sickness or diarrhoea you must keep them at home for a clear 24 hours since the last episode. This is to safeguard other children and all staff in the nursery as well as considering your own child's well being. Occasionally with an outbreak or Norovirus or similar we will request you keep your child at home for 48 hours.
Coughs and colds are regular minor ailments that we can manage with good hygiene practice. However if your child has a persistent cough or cold we may ask you to keep them at home to speed up their recovery.
If your child becomes unwell during the course of the nursery day we will contact you. If you child's well being is compromised by feeling unwell or having a high temperature we will ask you to make arrangements for your child to be collected as a matter of urgency.
Please be assured that sending a child home is not an easy decision for us to make.
Incubation and exclusion periods of some infectious diseases are available from the office. Here are some of the most common ones:
Diarrhoea and sickness - must be excluded for at east 24 hours from bout
Conjunctivitis - must be excluded for the first 48 hours once medication is administered
Chicken Pox - Incubation 14 - 21 days, infectious up to 6 days after the last crop of spots
Cold sores - No exclusion, however personal hygiene is important (no kissing!)
Hand, foot and mouth- Incubation 3 - 5 days. Exclusion while child unwell, personal hygiene important
Lice - No exclusion, Leaflet available in office, parents to check their child's hair