Early Years Foundation Stage
Statutory Policy for managing children with allergies, or who are sick or infectious
Scope of the policy
With reference to the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage DfES 2007 – Safeguarding – section Illnesses and injuries – legal requirements
This policy describes the procedures and action taken in response to the legal requirements in the above document.
Guidance to practitioners and parents if a child suffers from allergies.
• Prior to starting at school either at the home visit stage or at new starters meetings parents should notify staff of any allergies that a child may have. This will be recorded on the medical information forms and entered on the system by admin (teachers to keep copies in the medical section of their SEN files. These records should be detailed and include information on the nature and severity of the allergy plus any recommended first aid treatment.
• Allergy information should be clearly displayed for all staff and supply staff with a picture of the child and a description of any emergency treatment.
• If the allergy is serious enough e.g. Bee sting/nut allergy leading to anaphylactic shock then suitably trained members of staff will administer emergency aid. The parent must sign to give consent and it must be a prescribed medication.
• It is important that allergy information is kept up to date and parents will be reminded each term to update the school on all matters relating to health and to update their emergency contact details (see below).
Guidance to practitioners and parents in the event a child is suspected of suffering from an infectious disease.
• Parents should not bring a child to the unit if they are ill.
If they do so and it is suspected that the child may be suffering from an infectious disease the parent should be asked to take the child away.
• If a child is sent home ill from school or a parent notifies school that a child has an infectious disease then the FSU will notify other parents, so that other parents can be made aware of the symptoms in order to try to contain the infection.
• In the event of diarrhoea and/or sickness staff should recommend that a parent allows 48 clear hours before your child returns to the Unit. Common sense applies to this rule and if a child has been sick and the parent is not of the opinion that the child is suffering from a sickness (i.e. was sick once due to over excitement, over-eating etc) Then the child should be welcomed into the unit but monitored throughout the day.
• If a child is taken ill during a FSU session parents will be contacted and the child made comfortable until their arrival. It is vital that contact numbers are up to date and that we have an alternative contact number if the parent will be unavailable e.g. at work.
• Pupils waiting to be taken home should be escorted from the Unit to the waiting area and supervised until a parent arrives.
If the school or a parent suspects that a child is suffering from a notifiable disease (Public Health Infectious Diseases Regulations 1988; see appendix for list) then it is the schools statutory duty to report this to Ofsted.
As designated person for Health and Safety M Tarn should be informed immediately so that a phone call can be made and arrangements for communication with parents be made.
In the event the HT is unavailable then DHT or another senior teacher should assume this duty.
Staff should refer to the poster on the medical room wall for guidance and or information regarding infection control.
Diseases notifiable (to Local Authority Proper Officers) under the Public Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations 1988:
• Acute encephalitis
• Acute poliomyelitis
• Food poisoning
• Meningococcal septicaemia (without meningitis)
• Ophthalmia neonatorum
• Paratyphoid fever
• Relapsing fever
• Scarlet fever
• Typhoid fever
• Typhus fever
• Viral haemorrhagic fever
• Viral hepatitis
• Whooping cough
• Yellow fever
Swine Flu – Swine flu is not a notifiable disease. However, if the result of this virus causes changes or prevents safe running of the school then Ofsted should be notified. I.e. if sufficient numbers of staff contracted the virus and the number of staff left to safely and efficiently run the school was diminished. Or if large numbers of children were confirmed i.e. more than 1/3.