A full copy of the Centre’s policies are available upon request.
While all care is taken to keep children safe in our Centre’s environment, children are still likely to have accidents. Falling over, bumping into objects and others, etc., are all part of the growing up process. If your child has a minor accident, a teacher will attend to your child and treat the injury. All details will be recorded in the Accident Register and will be available for you to sign when you collect your child (a copy can be made on request). All our team are qualified in first aiders.
Almost all children experience some mild form of illness when they first enter a group situation whether pre-school or primary school. This can be common for teachers too. Naturally we maintain a very high standard of cleanliness and we will keep you informed of any signs of illness. It won’t be long before your child’s immunity is built up, please talk to staff about any concerns you have in this area. If a child is unwell then they must be kept at home for their own well-being and the well-being of the others, we do not want to risk the spread of illness. There are situations when a child should not attend Early Explorers due to illness, and we will contact you if they have any of the following symptoms;
- A temperature over 38 degrees Celsius
- Unidentified rash or spots
- Inflamed throat or eyes
- Vomiting or diarrhoea (can only return 48 hours after the last symptom)
- Coloured discharge from the child’s nose
- Sever cough/cold – which is not linked to asthma or a breathing disorder
- Head lice
A list of contagious conditions and actions are on display at the Centre.
We also require an alternative emergency contact number for your child
We support the choices of our families in their beliefs regarding the immunisation of their children. Upon enrolment parents are required to provide an up to date copy of their child’s immunisation certificate. In the event of a breakout of a disease in the Centre, children who are not immunised will be required to stay at home for their own safety for the duration of the outbreak. To view our full ‘Immunisation Policy’ please ask a staff member.
If your child requires medication, fill out our medication register. Please specify any allergies or other medical details your child may have on the enrolment form or inform a staff member if any conditions develop. If your child is prone to febrile convulsions it is important that we are made aware of this also.
Ongoing medication e.g. asthma inhalers, are stored in sealed plastic bags and directions placed on our ‘Action Plan’. All medication needs to be given to a teacher and is never to be left in children’s bags. We are unable to administer Pamol unless prescribed by a doctor as it may mask a more serious illness. Like other medicine, Pamol must have the appropriate pharmacy label on it which specifies the child’s name, dosage, frequency and have a current date. If your child is teething we are able to give Pamol at your request for a 24 hour period after which clearance from a doctor will be requested to rule out the possibility that such pain relief could be masking something more severe.
We are committed to ensuring each child is treated with respect and your child treats others with respect also. Educators model and discuss appropriate forms of behaviour (as it happens) within the Centre and use their skills as professionals to intervene and resolve conflicts and inappropriate behaviour. For your reference you will find a copy of our Behaviour Management Policy on our noticeboard in the foyer area.