Sickness/Illness and Infectious Diseases Policy

Policy Statement:

As childminders we take sickness with any child seriously. We work to the procedures in this policy with any child showing symptoms of illness before our care or during their session with us.

We know how important it is that your childcare is as reliable as possible. We will do our best to work on all the days that we are booked to. We are happy to work when we have minor ailments such as colds etc. with your agreement, but we will not work if we have sickness and diarrhoea or any other contagious infection.

Working with a contagious illness would only spread germs further and we would not be able to give your child the care they should have.

Child Sickness Procedure:

  • We reserve the right to use our professional judgement not to accept a child into our care who in our opinion is unwell and may cause health risks or infection issues to any other children or to staff or people living in the premises or might adversely affect the care of the other children.
  • Any child with a notifiable disease or infectious illness must be kept at home whilst they are still infectious (e.g. measles, mumps and food poisoning) until they have been well for 48 hours, or in accordance with Health Authority guidelines.
  • If your child is suffering from sickness and/or diarrhoea they must be clear of sickness and/or diarrhoea for 48 hours before returning to our care.
  • We make parents aware of our sickness exclusion policy and keep a record of the arrangements for the exclusion of a child should they become ill whilst in the setting.
  • If a child becomes unwell whilst in our care, we will make them as comfortable as possible, isolate them if necessary and reassure them. Parents will be informed that their child needs to be collected. If the illness is infectious this obviously will require the child to be collected as soon as possible in order to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Any sick child in our care will be cared for as our first-aid training, insurance and regulations allow.
  • In accordance with the contract agreed with parents we expect to be paid for the child’s place even if they are excluded from our setting due to an illness or infectious disease.
  • We will inform the parents of the other children in our setting if a child we care for has a diagnosed infectious disease.
  • If we believe a child in our setting is suffering from a disease or illness which requires notification we will inform the parents/guardians of our concerns and act on advice given by the Health Protection Agency (details of which can be found at www.hpa.org.uk) as to when they will be able to return to our setting. We will also inform Ofsted/childminder agency of any action taken.


Childminder /Family Sickness Procedure

  • We will give you as much notice as possible in the event of illness making us unable to care for your child before their booked session. As we have more than one childminder at the setting this will be very rare.
  • If a person living on the premises is ill they will be kept away from the children
  • If a childminder or assistant is ill while we are looking after your child we will attempt to get cover from the childminder agency or other staff.  In the unlikely event that this is not possible we will contact you to arrange collection of your child if we are at risk of exceeding staff to children ratios.
  • The childminder agency can provide registered childminder backup to childminders who are unable to work. 
  • If you receive cover care you will pay the us as normal and we will ensure that the childminder is remunerated for the care provided.
  • As we work with assistants it is possible that in the event that a childminder is unwell that our service could run with our assistants caring for the children, this would only happen if a childminder was still in the house and they would be able to stay in contact via cctv cameras and a walkie talkie.
  • In this event parents would of course be informed and the decision to bring their child under these circumstances would be totally their own. If they decide not to bring their child a credit would be given for that day's care.

Hygiene

  • We will take every care to prevent the spread of infections by keeping high standards of personal hygiene and practice, particularly hand washing, and maintaining a clean environment.
  • Children will be encouraged to always wash hands after using the toilet, before eating or handling food, and after handling animals to help prevent the spread of infections and illness.
  • We ensure there is a supply of tissues available for children.
  • We immediately clean up any spillage of body fluids using a disposable cloth, antibacterial cleaner and gloves.
  • We wear disposable gloves for changing nappies. We will discard these gloves after each change.
  • The childcarer and child will clean their hands using anti-bacterial gel after each nappy change.
  • The changing mat is cleaned after every nappy change
  • We ensure that any animals on the premises are safe to be around children and do not pose a health risk.
  • We ensure that pet food dishes are kept away from children.


Record Keeping

  • Records will be kept of children’s attendance, exclusions and absences due to illness.
  • Serious illness, accidents, injuries to or death of a child must be reported to Ofsted / childminder agency and MASH within 14 days.
  • Any cases of food poisoning involving two or more children must be reported to the Public Health Authority and the childminder agency /Ofsted within 14 days.