A Daycare is a wonderful place for young children to learn and thrive in. It is, however, also an ideal environment for germs to grow and be passed on from child to child. In order to safeguard our children from recurrent illnesses, as best as possible, certain guidelines need to be adhered to.
Children with potentially infectious diseases must be kept at home. (Below are some examples of infectious childhood diseases which will not be allowed at school. Please note that this list is by no means comprehensive).
If a child becomes seriously ill while they are attending school the parent will be informed and asked to fetch the child immediately, this includes fever higher than 37.5 degrees and if they have more than TWO watery stools. We can not give a sick child all our attention as needed and not attend to the other children in the class.
It is the parent’s responsibility to be contactable at all times in case of emergency, or to make adequate arrangements for a named adult to be available in their place. The school must be made aware of such person’s contact details upon enrolling the child. If none of the contactable people can be reached, Miesha Daycare will then make a decision on the urgency of the matter and may phone an ambulance.
Any medicine sent to school must be clearly marked with the child’s name and dosage instruction, and documented in the medicine book (or a note with instructions must be attached) in the classroom before handing it to the teacher to be placed in the medicine cupboard or refrigerator. Furthermore, it remains the parent’s responsibility to remove the medicine from the box or refrigerator at the time of going home. No antibiotics will be administered at school. If any medicine is found in a child’s bag it will be confiscated.
Biting incidents: if a child is bitten while at school, the parents will be informed telephonically if the skin is broken. It is the parent’s responsibility to take their child to the doctor and obtain treatment. If the skin is not broken the parents will be informed when they collect their child as it is unlikely that any immediate treatment is necessary.
Common infectious diseases
Recognised by an itchy rash which forms small red spots which eventually turns into blisters. It usually begins on the body and then moves to the face. Chickenpox is contagious 1-2 days before the onset of the rash, and until all the lesions have formed crusts. CHILDREN MAY ONLY RETURN TO SCHOOL WHEN ALL THE LESIONS HAVE CRUSTED OVER.
Commonly called pink eye, conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the thin, transparent membrane that covers the whites of the eyes and lines the eyelids. In bacterial infections yellow, sticky pus is seen in the corners of the eyes. In allergic cases the discharge is clear. Bacterial conjunctivitis is highly contagious and hence should be treated with antibiotic eye drops AT HOME UNTIL THE PUS has completely disappeared.
Diarrhoea & Vomiting
If a child has persistent LOOSE WATERY STOOLS AND/OR VOMITING HE/SHE SHOULD BE KEPT AT HOME. Even with good hygiene measures such as hand washing after nappy changes, mopping of floors etc; the illness is easily spread to other children in the facility. Furthermore the staff is not able to deal with the care of a vomiting child as well as their normal duties. When a child has 4 more watery stools the parents will be contacted to come and fetch the child immediately.
Head lice are small, flat, wingless insects that infest the hair on the human head. The symptoms are intense itching, tiny red spots on the scalp and small pearly white eggs covering the roots of the hair. Special head lice shampoos and nit combs can be obtained from the chemist. The rest of the family must be treated and the child will ONLY BE ALLOWED BACK AT SCHOOL AFTER SUCCESFULL TREATMENT OF BOTH THE LICE AND THE NITS.
This is a bacterial infection that is most commonly seen around the lips, nose and ears. The characteristic rash starts as small blisters, which then break and crust over to become yellow-brown scabs. Although not serious it is highly contagious and must be treated with an antibiotic or antiseptic cream. The child SHOULD STAY AT HOME UNTIL THE INFECTION HAS CLEARED.
Measles, Mumps and Rubella
All 3 illnesses are highly infectious but preventable by immunization. Isolated cases can still occur and must be diagnosed and treated by a doctor. No children with UNIDENTIFIED RASHES OR HIGH FEVERS WILL BE ALLOWED TO COME TO SCHOOL UNTIL DIAGNOSED BY A DOCTOR OR FULLY RECOVERED. A doctor’s letter must accompany the child when back at school.
Child MUST be kept at home if any of the signs of Covid are present. If any of the parents (or anyone living with the child in the same house) have these symptoms, child MUST be kept at home until it is proven that child or parent is testes negative (a letter from doctor is required to confirm this)
COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.
Most common symptoms:
Fever (anything above 37.4 the child will not be allowed to enter the school premises)
Less common symptoms:
aches and pains
loss of taste or smell
a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes
difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
chest pain or pressure
loss of speech or movement
Immediate medical attention must be obtained if you have serious symptoms.
Children with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should be managed at home until symptoms are gone.
On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days
Please ensure that the gate is always closed behind you when entering the premises.
Please inform your child’s teacher in advance if anybody other than yourself will be sent to collect your child. We will require such person to sign our collections book, and too produce valid identification on arrival at the daycare before we will release the child in his/her care.
Please do not let any child unaccompanied by a parent out of the premises.