Limehouse Day Nursery promotes the good health of the children in our care. We have established procedures, discussed with parents, for responding to children who are ill or may be infectious. We take all the necessary steps to prevent the spread of infection, and take appropriate action if children are ill.

Paediatric First Aid Training

Paediatric First Aid training relevant for workers caring for babies and young children is organised with a recognised training provider and regularly updated every 3 years. There is always a Paediatric First Aider able to rapidly respond to emergencies in any area of Limehouse Day Nursery and on outings. At least one person who has a current paediatric first aid certificate is on the premises and available at all times, and accompanies children on outings.

Limehouse Day Nursery chooses which organisation they wish to provide the training (preferably one with a nationally approved and accredited first aid qualification or one that is a member of a trade body with an approval and monitoring scheme) but the training must cover the course content as for St John Ambulance or Red Cross paediatric first aid training and be renewed every three years.

Accident or injury

First Aid Boxes, with appropriate content for the various ages of children, are accessible at all times in set locations.

Accidents or injuries and any first aid treatment is recorded in writing.

Parents are informed of any accident or injury sustained by their child, and the first aid treatment received, as soon as reasonably practical, on the day.

Administering Medicines

Medication can be administered by our staff but only if agreed with the Manager and after a parent has signed an authorisation form. Medicines will not be administered at Limehouse Day Nursery unless they have been prescribed for a child by a doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist (medicines containing aspirin would only be administered if prescribed by a doctor).

Medicines will only be administered to a child where written instructions and permission for that particular medicine has been obtained from the child’s parent. A written medical record for each child  is updated each time a medicine is administered to that child, and the child’s parents are informed as soon as reasonably practicable on the day.

Each medicine must be clearly labelled with the child’s name, the condition for which it is intended, the dose and the time and method of administration.

Training is provided for staff where the administration of medicine requires medical or technical knowledge.

Our system for obtaining information about a child’s need for medicines, updating that child’s written record and for keeping this information up-to-date, depends on the parents giving us the correct information at the right time.

All medicines are kept securely and can only be accessed by senior members of staff.

Illness

Children are not allowed into Limehouse Day Nursery if they have any contagious diseases or any symptoms of the following:

Chicken Pox, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Diarrhoea, Sore Throat, Vomiting, Ear Ache, Conjunctivitis, Swollen Glands, Fever (Temperature of 100F or over)

Please notify us immediately if your child has any of the above.

If a child develops certain symptoms while at the nursery, a parent may be requested to remove their child from nursery.

In the case of infectious disease we are guided by the Health Protection Agency recommendations for durations of absences from nursery. hpa.org.uk/webc/hpawebfile/hpawe…

Sleep Time

As part of your child’s day we have a sleep/rest period. Babies sleep in cots, that are disinfected daily and cot bedding is changed daily. Toddlers and Pre-Toddlers sleep on stacking beds that are disinfected daily. Sleeping children are regularly checked

Nappies

Nappies are changed regularly as required. A record is kept of the time and content. We expect you to provide your preferred nappies and wipes for your child.

Sundries

Clean towels, spare clothes and any other necessary items are always available.

Records

All records are kept securely in the Limehouse Day Nursery office. All records are kept in English. All staff at Limehouse Day Nursery have sufficient understanding and use of English to ensure the well-being of children in their care.

Smoking

Smoking in or on the premises is not allowed.