Accidents, illness and emergencies
It is my policy to keep children safe when they are in my care. My premises have been checked and they meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage in England. I also regularly review, update and practice my safety routines, including fire drills.
As a registered childminder, i am legally required to have a valid first-aid certificate before registration. i can administer basic first aid treatment, and my first-aid box is clearly labelled and easily accessible. It is stored in the kitchen, in the cupboard next to the fridge. parent contact numbers are with the first-aid box.
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In the event of an accident or sudden illness, the child will be either brought to a local doctor or to his or her own G.P; alternatively, a local doctor will be called to attend the child here. Parents will be notified immediately.
It is not the responsibility of myself to care for infectious children due to the risk of infection spreading to others, including myself.
Any child suffering from diarrhoea and/or vomiting will have to leave the setting as soon as possible to stop cross infection as this can be very contagious. The child will not be welcomed back into the setting until 48 hours after the last episode or diarrhoea which is the recommended exclusion period by the HPA.
Please see www.hpa.co.uk which has information about other infectious diseases.
It is a statutory requirement that I report all notifiable diseases to Ofsted. These diseases include mumps, meningitis, Meningococcal, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV/Aids, Diphtheria, Flu, Tuberculosis, Typhoid, Whooping cough, Scarlet fever, Measles and German measles.
I am happy to work when I have minor ailments such as colds etc, however I will not work if I have the infections listed above including diarrhoea. Continuing to work would only result in a further spreading of the germs and I would be unable to give your child the care they deserve.
Emergency cover is listed and explained further in my "childminder sickness policy".
Smoke detectors are fitted and are regularly tested and maintained. I have access to a telephone and a fire blanket located in the kitchen. This would only be used if a fire were preventing escape from the building.
If a smoke detector sounds, or a fire is detected, the priority is to evacuate the children from the building.
I have a "fire escape plan" in place, and older children are all trained and we practice our fire drill regularly. We would assemble at the front of the house, at a safe distance and check that everyone is accounted for. We will then notify the fire brigade.
In addition to this I have had the fire brigade come out and perform a fire safety check and give me advice on my home.
Parents or their emergency contacts would be called as soon as practical to arrange collection of the children and if necessary we would take refuge in a close by family or friend’s home until collection is possible
I am happy to give your child non-prescribed medication, such as cough mixture, Calpol or nurofen, teething gel etc, but only if you have signed a parental permission form for me to do so.
This permission form will be regularly reviewed to ensure that there are no changes, for example a child may no longer be able to take some medication or may need an additional form.
Even though you may have signed a form, I will still contact you by telephone to check that I can administer this medication. This is to protect your child, you and myself. It is vital that you inform me of any medication you may have given your child...