Health and Illness Policy
Our setting is committed to encouraging and promoting good health and to dealing efficiently and effectively with illnesses and emergencies that may arise while children are in our care.
Under duties set out in the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, the setting recognises its responsibilities in providing adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to enable suitable first aid to be given at the setting.
The setting has designated members of staff responsible for First Aid these people have up to date First Aid certificates and are responsible for administering basic First Aid when necessary and appropriate. The Manager will ensure that the content of the first aid box is kept up to date.
The Manager will ensure that there is a fully trained First Aider available at all times during sessions at the setting.
(EYFS Requirement: 3.25-at least one person who has a current paediatric first aid certificate must be on the premises and available at all times when children are present.)
The First Aid box will be regularly checked to ensure its contents are up to date, in good condition and fulfil the criteria set out at the most recent First Aid Training.
(EYFS Requirement: 3.50-Providers must ensure there is a first aid box accessible at all times with appropriate content for use with children.)
The box to contain kit should have white cross on a green background.
The box should contain:
A card or leaflet giving general guidance
20 individually wrapped plasters
2 sterile eye pads
4 triangular bandages
6 safety pins
2 large, individually wrapped sterile dressings (unmedicated)
6 medium, individually wrapped, sterile dressings (unmedicated)
2 pairs of disposable gloves
Moist wipes that do not contain antiseptic or alcohol
1 pair of blunt round-edged scissors
1 resuscitation face shield
1 finger bandage and applicator
5 non-adherent dressings
1 role of micropore tape
5 packs sterile gauze swabs
The location of the First Aid box, and the names of qualified first-aiders, will be clearly displayed around the nursery premises. (EYFS Requirement: 3:25-Providers should display, or make available to parents, staff PFA certificates or a list of staff who have a current PFA certificate).
A First Aid box will be taken on all off-site visits or outings. This is the responsibility of the Manager.
In the Event of a Major Accident, Incident or Illness
The setting requests that parents/carers complete and sign the Emergency Medical Treatment Form, enabling the Manager or any member of staff so empowered, to give permission for emergency medical treatment for their child in the event of a major accident, incident or illness occurring at the setting.
In the event of such an event, the following procedures will apply:
• In the first instance, the Manager will be notified and take responsibility for deciding upon the appropriate action.
• The Manager will assess the situation and decide whether the child needs to go straight to hospital or whether they can safely wait for their parent/carer to arrive.
• If the child needs to go straight to hospital, an ambulance will be called. The parent/carer will also be contacted. A member of staff will accompany the child to the hospital and will consent to medical treatment being given, so long as the Emergency Medical Treatment Form has been completed and sign.
• If the child does not need to go straight to hospital but their condition means they should go home, the parent/carer will be contacted and asked to collect their child. In the meantime, the child will be made as comfortable as possible and be kept under close supervision.
• Parents/carers will be made fully aware of the details of any incidents involving their child’s health and safety, and any actions taken by the setting and its staff.
• All such accidents or incidents will be recorded in detail and logged in the Accident / Incident Record. Parents/carers will be asked to sign in the relevant section of the form to acknowledge the incident or accident and any action taken by the setting and its staff.
(EYFS Requirement: 3.50-Providers must keep a written record of accidents or injuries and first aid treatment.)
• The Manager and other relevant members of staff should consider whether the accident or incident highlights any actual or potential weaknesses in the setting policies or procedures, and act accordingly, making suitable adjustments where necessary.
In the Event of a Minor Accident, Incident or Illness
• In the first instance, the Manager and designated First Aider will be notified and take responsibility for deciding upon any appropriate action. Staff will refer to the ‘First Aid’ book if necessary, to help them to ensure that they are administering the correct first aid.
• If the child does not need hospital treatment and is judged to be able to safely remain at nursery, the First Aider will remove the child from the activities and, if appropriate, treat the injury/illness themselves.
• When the child is feeling sufficiently better, they will be resettled back into the activities, but will be kept under close supervision for the remainder of the day. The parent will be called to inform them of the incident that has taken place.
• At the end of the day, the Manager and First Aider will fully inform the parent/carer of the incident or accident and any treatment given.
(EYFS Requirement: 3.50-Providers must inform parents and/or carers of any accident or injury sustained by the child on the same day, or as soon as reasonably practicable, of any first aid treatment given)
The Manager and staff understand the dangers posed to children and themselves by over exposure to the sun.
In hot weather, parents/carers are encouraged to provide sunscreen for their children and apply sunscreen in the morning. A store of sun protection should also be kept on the premises. Children will also be encouraged to wear a hat when playing outside in the sun.
When deemed necessary, staff may apply sunscreen to children who cannot do so for themselves, where prior permission has been given by the parent/carer on the Admissions Form.
In hot weather, staff will encourage children to drink water frequently. Staff should also ensure that shady areas out of the sun are always available to children when playing outside.
If a child becomes unwell, they will be monitored to ensure that they are eating, drinking and do not have a high temperature. If the child’s temperature rises it will then be monitored every 10 minutes to ensure that the child does not need further treatment and the parent/carer will be called. Calpol will be given with phone consent if the child’s temperature rises to over 39 degrees to stop risk of convulsion.
If a child vomits at nursery or has more than three cases of diarrhoea then the parent will be called to collect and the child will need to absent from nursery for 48 hours from the last time the child was sick or had a case of diarrhoea.
If a child is suffering from any symptoms related to COVID 19 then parents will be called and asked to collect their child straight away as per the parent contract agreement. They will then need to isolate from the nursery for 10-14 days and the household will need to isolate for 14 days. This relates to any symptom a child may be displaying such as a continuous cough, loss of taste and smell or a high temperature of 37.8 degrees and over. The child in question will be moved away from all other children until their parent arrives. Please see COVID 19 policy for further information.