The Health of your Child

 

Sunscreen / Sun Safe

 

Our Service’s policy is “no hat, no play”. This policy will be enforced. Parents are asked to provide a wide brim hat to wear during outside activities. These must be named. The most suitable hat is one, which shades the ears and neck, as research is showing a high incidence of skin cancer on people’s ears.

Upon arrival to kindy, please apply sunscreen to your child. The stamp on the sign in bench is an indication to staff that your child has their sunscreen applied for the morning. Sunscreen is provided by the centre and is regularly applied throughout the day. We use SPF 30+ on all exposed areas of skin. Hats are worn during outdoor play.

 

Medication

 

Educators will be able to administer prescribed medication to children. A medication form must be completed and signed by parents before any medication will be given. All prescription medication must be prescribed for your child and not another family member - unless stated otherwise by a doctor’s certificate. Medication must be in date and in its original packaging.

The medication must be handed to an Educator to store in a locked container in fridge. Please DO NOT leave medication in your child’s bag. The Educator who gives medication requires a medication form to be completed by the parent, e.g. tablets, mixture, creams. Any child who has commenced an antibiotic must not attend the Service for 24 hours from commencement.

 

Medication Process

  1. A medication form must be completed and signed by parents before any medication will be given.

  2. All prescription medication must be prescribed for your child and not another family member - unless stated otherwise by a doctor's certificate.

  3. Medication must be in date and in its original packaging.

  4. The medication must be handed to an Educator to store in a locked container in fridge.

  5. Please DO NOT leave medication in your child's bag.

  6. The Educator who gives medication requires a medication form to be completed by the parent, e.g. tablets, mixture, creams.

 

Any child who has commenced an antibiotic must not attend the Service for 24 hours from commencement.

 

Asthma

The Service aims to provide a safe environment for children who have asthma. It is Service policy that an "Asthma Record Plan" be completed by parents/guardians in consultation with the family doctor. It is also a requirement that the record plan be reviewed by your family doctor annually or as circumstances change. This must be completed and returned before enrolment commences.

 

Dental Care

 

As childcare workers, we play an important part in children’s oral health. By teaching children easy steps to proper oral care, they will have taken the first steps towards a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Eating a balanced diet, helps keep their mouth and teeth as well as their body healthy. To decrease chances of cavities children should limit frequency of snacking of sugary foods. Children at out centre are offered healthy snacks such as unsalted popcorn, fruit, carrots etc. After every meal, a drink is provided and children are encouraged to rinse their mouths. You will find some information in our parent rack.

 

Dental Checks

Children should have an oral health assessment by the age of two years. Everyone has different dental needs and risk levels, which should decide the frequency of check-ups. Talk with your dentist or oral health professional about your child' s risk level and how often they need to visit for an oral health check.

 

Immunisations

 

According to the Public Health Act, 1992, we have a responsibility to ensure that all children enrolled at the centre have approved evidence of immunisation status. Parents enrolling children into the centre must provide evidence of this status. Either a copy of your child’s blue book or a letter from your practitioner is sufficient. If no proof is shown and an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease occur, then that child will be excluded (on the direction of the Public Health Unit) from the centre for the duration of the outbreak - fees are still payable. Child Care Benefit (CCB) cannot be claimed if evidence of immunisation is not shown.

 

Vaccination is not compulsory. Parents can elect not to vaccinate, however, children who have no documented vaccination, are not vaccinated or have had homeopathic vaccination are considered unimmunised and may be excluded on the direction of the Public Health Unit.

 

 

Accidents & Emergencies

 

In the case of an injury, first aid will be administered to your child. Parents will be informed of accidents by means of an Incident form put in their child’s pocket. In the event of a severe injury, an ambulance will be called if necessary, the Director or Authorised Supervisor will endeavour to contact a parent or a nominated emergency contact person. A staff member will accompany your child to the nearest hospital and wait for the parent. An incident report will be filled out, outlining the incident and signed by the Educators who observed and administered first aid, as well as any witnesses. The parent’s signature will also be required. All staff members hold current First Aid Certificates.

 

 

Health & Safety Information

Health and safety information is available to all parents at the centre.  We have a parent information rack located outside the Kitten and Pussycat rooms which is full of pamphlets covering various issues of health and safety.  If you would like us to source information for you, please leave us a message.