Safety, Health & Hygiene

For the health and well-being of all the children and educators at the Centre, please keep your child at home if they are sick. We understand that work is important but please consider the parents who might also have to skip work to attend to their children after having caught germs from your child.

A Summary of our “Administration of Medication” Policy

Our service and educators will only administer medication to children if it is authorised by parents (or by someone authorised by parents on the enrolment record to make decisions about the administration of medication). If there is a medical emergency, we will also administer medication when authorised verbally by a parent, medical practitioner or an emergency service, however we may administer medication during an asthma or anaphylaxis.

Administration of Medication (non-emergency)

Educators will administer medication to a child:

  1. If the medication is authorised in writing by a parent or another authorised person and
    • is the original container
    • has not expired
    • has an original label and instructions that can be clearly read and, if prescribed by a doctor has the child’s name
    • is administered in accordance with any instructions on the label or from the doctor.

2. After the child’s identity and the dosage of the medication is checked by an educator who is not administering the medication. This educator will witness the administration of the medication.

Anyone delivering a child to the service must not leave medication in the child’s bag or locker. Medication must be given directly to an educator on arrival for appropriate storage. Auto injection devices (eg Epipens) and asthma puffers will be stored up high in rooms so they are inaccessible to children. All other medication will be stored in accordance with the storage instructions on the medication in a locked labelled container in a cabinet or fridge. Non-refrigerated medication will be kept away from direct sources of heat.

Over the Counter Medication (non-prescription medication)

Our service does not administer over the counter medication unless it has been prescribed by a medical practitioner and there is a letter from the doctor explaining the purpose of the medication. Medication may mask the symptoms of other, more serious illnesses and our educators are not qualified medical professionals. 

However, we will administer nappy cream and sunscreen without prescription by a doctor if a parent or authorised person authorises this.

A child’s body temperature is usually between 36.5°C and 37.5°C. A fever is a temperature above 38°C . Fever isn’t an illness in itself; it’s thought to be part of your body’s natural response to a viral or bacterial infection. We urge you to keep your child at home if they have been given panadol or other medication in the morning. We want to reduce the risk of the transmission of germs and illnesses at our Centre.

Please refer to the links below for more information :

http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/fever_a.html/context/645

https://www.careforkids.com.au/child-care-articles/article/71/keeping-your-child-healthy-in-child-care

http://www.healthdirect.gov.au/fever-in-children

Our Policy on Drink Bottles

The children have been excited to bring in their drink bottles. As part of sustainability, it’s a great step forward in reducing the use of our dishwasher hence saving more water.

Just a friendly reminder to take  drink bottles home for a good clean as educators are not responsible for this. We change the water in the morning however do not get the chance to wash 30 bottles with dish washing liquid. Please remember to bring the bottle back the next day. We provide cups at lunchtime to avoid bits of food being left on drink bottles.

Hygienic Toileting Procedure

Soiled or Wet Clothing

Soiled or wet clothing are placed in a bag with child’s name labelled on it then placed in the sealed boxes provided. Children aged 0-3 with have a soiled box, located under the nappy change area. Children in the dolphin’s room will have a soiled box, located in the bathroom in the shower of the dolphin’s room. The educator will then inform parents by writing “Please collect wet/dirty clothes” and the date, next to the child’s name on the sign in/out book. Ensure the soiled/wet clothes are taken home in that week as the box get cleaned out, and all clothing thrown away at the end of each week.

Healthy Eating

A big thank you to all the families who have consistently brought a piece of fruit in each day for the children’s morning and afternoon tea. Just a friendly reminder that no outside food should be left in children’s bags, especially foods that may contain nuts. We are a nut-free Centre! After a few discussions, we have decided to avoid grapes as it could possibly be a choke hazard.

Munch and Move

Our centre is supported by Munch and Move, which is a joint initiative between the NSW Ministry of Health, NSW Department of Education, Office of Sport and the Heart Foundation (NSW Division).

They focus on the following five key messages:

  • Get active for an hour or more each day.
  • Choose water as a drink.
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables.
  • Turn off the TV or computer and get active.
  • Eat fewer snacks and select healthier alternatives.

Based on these guidelines we are able to teach children more about their health and well being. Resources provided to us are well used in our every day program to ensure the best for the children.

Please visit the website below to find out more about Much and Move. There are many resources easily accessible to families.

https://www.healthykids.nsw.gov.au/campaigns-programs/about-munch-move.aspx