Incubation period for illness -
We will inform you straight away if your child appears to be in discomfort or suffering in some way. This may result in the exclusion of your child. Please inform us of any illnesses, infections or conditions affecting your child so that we can provide the best care in each case.
It is ESSENTIAL that sick or infectious children are not brought to nursery, as this can be distressing for your child and cause a rapid spread of infection to other children. Please note that we can administer prescribed and non-prescribed (over the counter) medicines. All prescribed medication must be specifically prescribed for the child and all medication must be signed for by the parent/carer prior to administering. We recommend that you bring in a temperature controlling medicine when your child starts with us so that we can administer it as soon as needed, if necessary. Medication must be presented in its original container and be within the expiry date. We will not exceed the manufactures recommended dosage unless the medication is accompanied by a Doctors letter. Please refer to our medication procedure. Children taking antibiotics prescribed by a Doctor should be kept at home for the first 24 hours of taking the medication. This gives the antibiotics time to work and allows you to monitor your child for any allergic reaction that may occur. For any illness not mentioned above, please speak to a member of staff regarding the incubation period and advice. Bizzy Bees reserves the right, to ask parents to keep their child away from nursery if the child presents symptoms that appear infectious and/or the child appears too ill for the nursery environment. This also includes any infections or illness that may effect a pregnant member of our staff team.
Symptoms & Exclusion Period
If your child is sick whilst at nursery, we will contact you to collect him/her if they show signs of being unwell after the sickness. You should keep your child away from nursery for 24 hours if we have sent them home due to vomiting. If your child has been sick whilst at home, you should not bring them to nursery until 24 hours have passed after the last sickness.
We will contact you to collect your child if we suspect conjunctivitis and you should seek medical advice from your GP and keep him/her away from nursery until infection has cleared. Your child will not be allowed to stay at nursery if his/her eyes are discharging green fluid, regardless of whether it is conjunctivitis or cold.
If your child has more than 2 loose stools during their time at nursery, we will ask you to come and collect him/her straight away if we believe that the cause is due to a virus and/or your child appears unwell. In this instance we ask that you keep them at home until 24 hours after the last loose stool. If your child has diarrhoea as a result of anything else other than a virus, for example teething or medication, we may ask you to collect him/her if we feel that 1 to 1 care is needed. In this instance we ask that you keep them home until the diarrhoea has stopped.
Chickenpox / Shingles
Chickenpox is contagious and is usually passed through coughing or sneezing. If your child develops spots that become blistered whilst at nursery, we will inform you when you collect him/ her and ask you to collect them and keep him/her away from nursery until all the spots have scabbed.
Gastroenteritis, food poisoning, salmonella, dysentery
Your child must stay away from nursery until authorised by the doctor.
Exclusion period is 5 days from appearance of the rash.
Meningococcal infection (meningitis)
Your child must stay away until they have fully recovered from the illness.
Medical advice should be sought and your child should stay away from nursery for 5 days from onset of swollen glands.
You must keep your child away from nursery until lesions have healed.
Hand, foot and mouth
Medical advice should be sought and the child should be kept away from nursery until all blisters have disappeared.
Slapped Cheek & Glandular Fever
Please seek medical advice and keep your child at home if he/she appears unwell.
You should treat your child’s head, using the appropriate medication. Children need not be excluded but please let us know so that we can alert other parents to check their own children.
Medical advice should be sought and may return to nursery the day after medication has been given
Medical advice should be sought and the child should not return until 2 days after antibiotics have started.
If your child develops symptoms (a cough that sounds like a bark) then you must seek advice from a doctor.
Medical advice should be sought and your child should remain at home until antibiotic course is completed. (5 days)
Medical advice should be sought.
Please seek medical advice and keep your child at home until 48 hours after starting antibiotic treatment.
Rubella (German measles)
Please notify nursery so that we can alert pregnant mums and keep your child at home for 5 days from the start of the rash.
Seek medical advice. Your child can return to nursery when treatment has been given
Open Cuts and wounds
Should be covered with a suitable dressing before arriving at nursery