Funhouse is committed to providing an environment that promotes the health and wellbeing of the children and staff within our centre. Sickness and illness among children and adults within an early childhood environment is a common occurrence. This policy outlines our position on sickness and ill health for children who attend Funhouse. We endeavour to keep all our children, staff and whanau safe from infection and below we clarify under what circumstances children should remain home or when whanau will be phoned to collect their child from the centre. In some cases, you may be asked to provide a medical certificate from a medical practitioner regarding concern around being infectious to others.
Funhouse follows guidelines from the Ministry of Health. Exclusion of children and adults with infectious diseases is sometimes necessary.
Where a child exhibits any of the following conditions the parent caregiver will be contacted and asked to collect their child / to seek medical advice as soon as possible:
- Fever (determined as being a temperature of 38.5C or higher).
- Difficulty breathing.
- Persistent coughing with other signs of illness.
- Rash with fever or behaviour change, until a doctor has determined that the illness is not a communicable disease.
- Conjunctivitis – until a doctor has determined whether it is viral or bacterial and given a clearance or the child must remain at home until the doctor has determined they are no longer infectious or after 24 hours after being treated with antibiotic drops/gel.
- Vomiting & Diarrhoea – any child / staff member who experiences vomiting or diarrhoea either at home or while attending the centre will be excluded from the centre until they have been symptom free for 48 hours. If a child has two loose bowel movements in one day the whanau will be contacted to collect their child from the centre.
- When a child exhibits a combination of the following whanau maybe contacted to collect their child – the child is not participating comfortably in the programme/the child has unusually low energy levels or is unusually sleepy/the child is unusually uninterested in activities or play and requires a greater level of care than teachers can reasonably provide without compromising the health and safety of the other children.
- Antibiotics – a child prescribed antibiotics for any reason should only return to the centre a minimum of 24 hours after initial treatment.
- Teething – teething powders and gels must be recorded in the Medicine Administration book and a signature from parents obtained.
- For other infectious diseases please refer to the infectious diseases chart attached.
Children who become unwell while attending the service are kept at a safe distance from other children (to minimize the spread of infection) and returned to the care of a parent or other person authorized to collect the child without delay. A teacher will remain with the child until collected.
Medicine Administration Procedure
At Funhouse we want to ensure that all medicines (prescription and non-prescription) are administered and stored appropriately and safely and a record of medicines given to children and by whom will be kept.
If a child requires medicine, the parent/caregiver must record the following details in the medicine register of their respective room: Date the medicine is to be administered, Name of the Child, Type/name of medicine, time of last dose given, , Dosage and specific time(s) to be given, Parent signature
At Funhouse, medicine can only be administered by a first aid qualified/registered teacher. Prior to administering the medicine, the register will be checked to ensure that the medicine, dosage and frequency on the bottle matches the medicine register details. At this time the expiry date will be inspected.
At no time will Funhouse teachers administer a different dosage than that stated on the prescribed medicine, expired medicine or administer medicine to a child that is not stated on the prescribed label.
Funhouse teachers are unable to administer medicine to a child that has not been prescribed to the child by a medical practitioner e.g. Paracetamol purchased from the pharmacy. By law the medical practitioner’s directions must be included on the label of all dispensed medication.
Pamol will not be administered without a predetermined (established or known in advance) reason. When a child is required to take a prescribed medication, the parent must fill in and sign the medicine register stating the Date, Childs name, Medicine, Amount to be given, time to be given.
Dosage must be witnessed by a second person before being administered. A teacher will then record the amount given, time and this will be signed by the teacher who administered the medicine and the initials recorded of the staff member who witnessed.
It is the team leader’s overall responsibility to ensure children requiring medication have received it however all teachers will ensure children receive the medication they need.
Children’s individual health plans are located on the teacher’s desk in Little & Big Funhouse in a Red Clear File and remain confidential at all times.
No child shall be given medicine unless there is a record entered in the medicine register.
An Individual Health Plan must be completed before blanket covers for asthma and other medications are accepted.
Medication must be signed in each day by the parents or guardians.
Pamol or equivalent will not be given to a child for more than three consecutive days unless prescribed by a doctor as this medicine can often mask underlying symptoms
In the event of a child developing a temperature over 38C, the recommended first aid procedure will be to try and bring the child’s temperature down via a cool tepid sponge bath/cool tepid bath and the parent/caregiver will be called.
When a child becomes unwell while attending the centre and is required to be collected the illness register will be completed stating the date, child’s name, illness, time noted, explanation and the action taken. This will be signed by the staff member that cared for/monitored the child until the child was collected and they will obtain a signature from whanau.
The illness register has a carbon copy so that one copy can go home with whanau and the other copy can remain at the centre.
When a child’s temperature reaches 38.5C whanau will be contacted to collect their child from the centre. The child’s temperature will be monitored and recorded in the illness register at 10- minute intervals until the child’s whanau have arrived.
Sun Protection Policy
It is within our duty of care to protect children enrolled in our service from harm. This includes and is not limited to minimising the risk of exposure to the harmful rays of the sun during the summer months.
Funhouse is aware that children require adequate levels of Vitamin D which is gained from sun exposure and we balance this need across the year with the need to apply sunblock and protect children from excessive sun exposure which can cause sunburn and skin cancer;
During the hotter months (between October and May), sunblock is applied at 10am / after morning tea, 12pm / after lunch, and 3pm / after afternoon tea;
We do not apply sunscreen in the winter months or prior to 10am in order for children to receive adequate opportunities for Vitamin D absorption;
During the sunblock application season we use an app called UV2Day which tells us the UV Index and alerts us to what times of the day sunblock is required. An UV Index over 3 requires sun protection;
Sunscreen is applied at any area of exposed skin including: face, neck, ears, arms, legs, feet;
Infants and children who often remove their hats will also have sunscreen applied to their scalps where required;
Funhouse provides sunscreen – Cancer Society Kids Pure SPF50+. Parents are welcome to provide their own sunscreen for their child should they wish to use an alternative brand. We will label these bottles with the child’s name and this sunblock will be used on this child only;
Funhouse has a large enough supply of sunhats for all the tamariki on our roll. Parents are welcome to supply their child with their own sunhat should they prefer this;
Sunhats should have a brim that goes all the way round to protect the face, ears, and neck;
No sleeveless items of clothing are permitted. T-shirts must cover the shoulders to provide extra sun protection;
Children will be monitored during all outside play that they have sunscreen applied, are wearing appropriate clothing, and are wearing a sunhat;
Teachers role model the use of hats and sunscreen outside;
Children are encouraged to choose the shaded areas of the outdoor area in the heat of the day;
Sunhats are washed once a week on a Friday.
At Funhouse Learning Centre we are committed to the promotion of wellness and the provision of a safe environment. It is deemed important to record all injuries that occur at our centre to facilitate communication with parents/caregiver and provide a record. The team leader of each centre will review these records to evaluate whether there are any recurring accidents.
The accident register has space to record the name of the child, the date and time of accident, description of accident both in terms of probable cause and effect on the child, who observed and/or investigated the accident, what actions were taken and by whom, evidence of parental knowledge of the incident. The child’s parent is to be advised in any case of a head injury.
Minor – Apply first aid and then record the accident in the teacher’s diary and communicate to the closing teacher if you are likely to leave before the parent arrives. Minor is defined as anything that does not have a visible mark at the time of the incident (excluding head injuries); If the injury develops a visible mark then complete the process for Non-Serious.
Non-serious – Apply first aid and then record the injury in the accident book and write a note on the sign sheets to “Please see staff”. Non-serious is defined as bite, scratch, graze, bruise, swelling, nose bleed or general other bleeding. Depending on the severity, you may wish to call the child’s parent so they are not alarmed at the end of the day.
Significant – Apply first aid and advise Centre Manager immediately. Centre Manager will determine next course of action, contact the child’s parents and advise them of the situation. If unable to get hold of parent(s), contact emergency number. Record the accident in the Funhouse Learning Centre Accident Book and monitor the child until the child is picked up. Significant is defined as deep cuts, head injuries, severe bruising, black eye, twisted ankle/wrist etc., minor burn, serious abrasions, insect sting, crush injury;
Serious – Comfort the child and apply first aid if practicable. Advise Centre Manager/Centre Director immediately. Centre manager will determine next course of action, seeking medical advice and/or treatment, and contacting the child’s parents or the emergency contact. Serious is defined as head injury, loss of limb, broken limb, dislocation, serious burn, crush injury, Where the accident is defined as “serious” – needing hospitalisation for more than 24 hours, concussion, loss of eye/limb then the Department of Labour will be advised by the Centre Director no later than 5 days after the accident.
Both Big and Little Funhouse each have a first aid kit.
The first aid kit may also contain any Category (i) medicines the service chooses to use, providing the appropriate written authority has been gained from parents (see Criterion HS28).
At the Centre’s discretion, an ambulance will be called if we deem the injury is beyond first aid training. Only first aid registered teachers are to administer first aid, and sign the accident book.
The accident form needs to be signed by the teacher who witnessed the incident and administered first aid to the child.
The signature of the parent must be obtained on the accident form on the day of the incident.
Funhouse accident books are carbonated to allow a copy to go home and a copy to stay at the Centre. These are archived and kept for 7 years.
It is the responsibility of the teacher who completed the accident form to handover all information regarding the incident to the closing teacher if they finish their rostered shift before the child is collected from the centre.
A note must be written on the sign in sheet stating, “please see staff” to inform the parent that there is information regarding their child that needs to be handed over.
The information recorded in the accident books will be collated monthly by the Team Leader to monitor recurring incidents and allow Funhouse to take steps in reducing these incidents.
At Funhouse we adhere to the Ministry of Education’s “Success for All” policy which advocates for inclusive education and care. The purpose of this policy is to outline our commitment to including, respecting and empowering all tamariki and their whānau regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, language, family structure and values, socio-economic status, religion, culture or health needs, diversity of ability and learning needs.
At Funhouse we ensure that every child is valued as a unique individual, has equitable opportunities, and is supported to be actively involved in meaningful play accessing the full breadth and depth of the curriculum;
Funhouse treats all tamariki as capable, competent and confident learners who are active participants in their learning;
We are committed to providing an environment that invites, acknowledges, and celebrates the diversity that each child and their whānau bring;
An inclusive curriculum is one that is strengths-based and respects and connects with Māori values and the principles of Te Whāriki;
An essential role of kaiako is to know each child in our service really well, understand their individual needs, how they learn best, and to develop responsive and reciprocal relationships with them;
Kaiako actively respond to the strengths, interests, abilities and needs of each child, providing additional supports, making adaptions, or removing barriers where required;
We are committed to family partnerships and working alongside key professionals that enable us to know when and how to provide additional support and/or remove barriers for children to promote their participation and learning;
The environment is welcoming and respectful, catering for the ability of all the children with resources easily accessible;
We plan individually for each child so that we can determine pathways for learning that are specifically beneficial for each child;
Each child is affirmed as an individual, taught to recognise and appreciate their own ability to learn;
We encourage children to learn with and alongside others so that respect and understandings of differences is cultivated, accepted and facilitates depth of learning.