A quick reminder of a couple of our key policies:
Promoting Health and Hygiene
Managing children with allergies, or who are sick or infectious
(Including reporting notifiable diseases)
We need your help to keep our children well and healthy and to prevent the spread of illness in Pre-school. There are everyday actions that you and your children can take to stay healthy and we would like to share a few ways you can help. Pre-school is for well children so please do not send your children if they are unwell. Children who are considered to be sick while at Pre-school will be sent home; a staff member will call the parents/guardians and ask them to collect their child, or send a known carer to collect on their behalf.
We provide care for healthy children and promote health through identifying allergies and preventing contact with the allergenic substance and through preventing cross infection of viruses and bacterial infections.
- Parents are asked to take their child to the doctor before returning them to Pre-school; we can refuse admittance to children who have a temperature, sickness and diarrhoea or a contagious infection or disease.
- Where children have been prescribed antibiotics, parents are asked to keep them at home for 48 hours before returning to the setting.
- After sickness or diarrhoea, parents are aked to keep children home for 48 hours from the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea.
- The setting has a list of excludable diseases and current exclusion times. The full list is obtainable in the operational plan and from https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england
- As with any virus, cold or illness, children should be kept home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- For chicken pox, children shouldn’t return until all the spots have dried over. If you feel there may be a chance your child may have chicken pox before the spots appear, please keep your child at home and inform Pre-school.
- We encourage the children to wash their hands often with soap and water.
- We teach the children not to share personal items such as drinks, food and utensils.
- We encourage the children to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze.
Please remember if your child is unwell and not attending Pre-school, please notify us as soon as possible (01865 798320 and leave a message).
Safeguarding Children and Child Protection
Mobile Phone and Photographic Images Policy
Mobiles phone play an increasing part in everyone’s lives but New Marston Pre-School believes that in order to fully ensure the protection of the children in its care, certain procedures for mobile phone use within the setting need to be abided by. Photographs of children are often used in gathering observations of children’s achievements; it is necessary to consider how they are collected, developed and stored, and how to protect against unauthorised photography within the setting, in order to ensure that our children are adequately safeguarded.
Our safeguarding policy is based on the three key commitments of the Pre-school Learning Alliance Safeguarding Children Policy.
- This policy applies to parents/carers (at drop off, collection time and during ‘stay and play’), staff, volunteers and visitors.
- Mobile phones should not be used at all whilst in the building.
- All staff mobile phones to be kept in the cupboard. Visitor’s phones are to be kept in a similarly safe place.
- Under no circumstances should camera or video functions on mobile phones be used whilst in the setting. Any person in the setting found using a camera or video without prior authorisation will immediately be asked to stop, and if they do not do so, will be asked to leave the setting.