HEALTH, HYGIENE, MEDICATION & ILLNESS POLICY & PRACTICE
Our pre-school promotes a healthy lifestyle and a high standard of hygiene in its day to day work with children and adults. We do this by ensuring:
Food and Drink, we ask parents to please send a healthy snack with their child for each session, for example, a piece of fruit or a small named pot with rice cakes, crackers or breadsticks. Milk and water are always offered at snack times and water is available at all times during the day. We pay attention to children's particular dietary requirements and needs. We always obtain, record and act upon information given by parents and carers. It is the responsibility of parents and carers to keep the Pre-school informed in writing of any changes to diet or allergies. The pre-school is a nut free zone and we request that parents do not provide their children with lunches containing any nuts or nut derivative products (peanut butter, nutella etc). We adhere to advice given by the Foods Standards Agency.
We are registered with The Environmental Health and have relevant inspections.
Children and staff will always wash their hands before eating and preparing snacks.
When cooking with children as an activity the adults will provide healthy, wholesome food promoting and extending the children's understanding of a healthy diet.
Please provide your child with a named bottle of water, which will be available at all times.
All staff have attended a Food Hygiene/Safety Course which is updated periodically.
Illness and injury. We will inform OFSTED of any serious illness, accident or injury to any child whilst in our care within 14 days. We will notify Child Protection Agencies of any serious accident or injury to a child whilst in our care and act on the advice that is given.
The statutory requirement is that "one person holds a current Paediatric First Aid Certificate and must be on the premises at all times". (All pre-school staff will hold a current Paediatric First Aid Certificate and their training will be updated every 3 years).
We have a first aid box with appropriate contents to meet the needs of the children in our care.
We keep a record of accidents and first aid treatments given. We give parents a copy of each entry.
Through our admissions policy parents are made aware of the procedures for children who are ill or infectious.
Parents are asked to keep their child at home if they have any infection or contagious illness and to inform the nursery as to the nature of the infection so other parents can be alerted. Parents are asked not to bring their child to pre-school after suffering vomiting or diarrhoea for 48 hours following the last symptoms.
We hold a copy of The Health Protection Agency's latest list of infectious and notifiable diseases and staff will seek advice from this agency regarding the management and reporting of illness.
Medication. It is our policy that we ONLY administer medication for children with long term medical needs i.e. asthma. In these circumstances the child will have his/her own medication record, which staff and parents will use.
We will administer antibiotics if the child is well in themselves and not contagious, however, a child who requires pain relief or who is contagious MUST remain at home.
Medication can only be given with prior written consent from parents/carers.
Pre-school provides proforma for parents to complete if medication will be required by the child. The proforma provides us with details of when the medication should be given and parents sign to give their consent. When medication is administered it is checked by 2 members of staff, the proforma is signed, timed and dated by staff. Parents are given a copy of this proforma for their records.
Medication must be in the original packaging , supplied by a Doctor or pharmacist. The packaging should clearly show the child's name and instructions for administration. Medication should be stored in a labelled container/bag accessible to staff, but out of reach of children. It will be stored as per instructions.
Staff will access more technical/medical knowledge and further training should this be necessary and specific to an individual child.
Long Term Medical Needs. We will ensure that we have sufficient information about the child's medical needs. In these circumstances it is the parent's responsibility to keep staff informed of changes to medication, or the support they require.
Medical details of individual children will be shared with all members of staff, but will remain confidential within the pre-school.
To prevent the spread of infection, adults in the group will ensure that the following good practice and procedures are followed.
Staff and children will wash their hands frequently throughout the session and ALWAYS after using the toilet and prior to having a snack.
Children are encouraged to blow & wipe their nose when necessary, soiled tissues will be disposed of hygienically.
Children are encouraged to put their hand in front of their mouth when coughing.
Paper towels are used to dry hands and are disposed of hygienically.
Bodily Fluids. Disposable gloves will be available at all times.
Gloves must be worn when cleaning and clearing blood, vomit, urine and faeces. Surfaces will be cleaned using anti-bacterial products used to the manufacturers instructions.
Children's soiled clothing will be placed in polythene bags to be taken home by parents.
All surfaces will be cleaned daily with the appropriate cleaning agent.
OFSTED will be informed of any cases of food poisoning affecting two or more children.
POLICY REVIEWED JULY 2018 - NEXT REVIEW DUE JULY 2019