Dealing with Infectious Diseases

POLICY STATEMENT:

Kidz Klub will provide a safe and hygienic environment that will promote the health and wellbeing of the children in line with outcome 3 of My Time, Our Place (MTOP). We will take all reasonable steps to prevent and manage the spread of infectious diseases through the implementation of procedures that are consistent with guidelines of the NSW Department of Health.

PROCEDURE:

Prevention:

  • A copy of the current NSW Department of Health’s Communicable Diseases Factsheet will be reviewed in staff meetings and kept in the policies for reference by staff, families and management.
  • If a child is showing signs or symptoms of an infectious disease whilst at home, families are not permitted to bring the child to the service. Children who appear unwell when being signed in by their family will not be permitted to be left at the service.
  • Due to COVID-19 the following signs and symptoms will that a child must be kept home and exclusions from the service until a doctor written clearance certificate is issued for the child stating that the child is ‘not contagious’. Without a certificate stating this, children must not attend. The COVID-19 symptoms requiring clearance from being contagious are:
    • Fever (temperature greater than 37.5°C)
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Runny or blocked nose
  • Handwashing or hand sanitisation will be practised by all educators, children and visitors:
    • upon entering the service
    • before and after food handling
    • before and after eating
    • before and after administering first aid
    • after toileting or assisting children with toileting
    • after wiping noses
    • after cleaning
    • after handling animals
    • when leaving the service
  • Educators will maintain and model appropriate hygiene practices and encourage children to adopt effective hygiene practices through positive acknowledgement of those who are demonstrating good practice.
  • Education in hygiene practices will be conducted through conversations, planned experiences, service routines and reminders.
  • Health and hygiene practices will be shared with parents through information sheets or posters.
  • Cultural differences will be acknowledged and adhered to providing they do not contradict the health and hygiene standards of the service and management will discuss service requirements with the family.
  • Kidz Klub and Kidz Klub buses will be cleaned daily and checklists completed as evidence of cleaning tasks being completed.
  • All tables, kitchen surfaces, sinks, basins and toilets will be cleaned and sanitised daily.
  • Toys will be washed and sanitised regularly and a toy cleaning checklist completed as evidence of the task being completed.
  • All toilet facilities will have access to a basin or sink with hot and cold running water, soap and paper towel for washing and drying hands.
  • Females will have access to proper feminine hygiene disposal.
  • Soap and paper towel will be available in the kitchen area.
  • Upon appointment, all educators will be advised to maintain their immunity to common childhood diseases, Tetanus, and Hepatitis B through consultation with their chosen health professional.

Management:

  • If your family has been in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 you will need to report this to Kidz Klub and keep your child home until your child has been tested and cleared. Kidz Klub will require a copy of the results to be forwarded to the Kidz Klub email with a negative result for your child to be able to return.
  • Children, staff and visitors with an infectious disease will be excluded from the service for the period recommended by the NSW Department of Health and require a clearance certificate from a doctor to be able to return.
  • If a child shows signs or develops symptoms of a possible infectious disease whilst at the service, the parents or emergency contacts will be notified and required to have the child collected immediately. This will also apply to signs and symptoms associated with COVID-19. If a child is sent home due to signs and symptoms, they will be excluded from attending the service until a doctor written clearance certificate is issued for the child stating that the child is ‘not contagious’. The COVID-19 signs and symptoms include:
    • Fever (temperature greater than 37.5°C)
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Runny or blocked nose
  • Families will be notified by electronic means and/or posters if any person has entered Kidz Klub with an infectious disease.
  • Confidentiality must be maintained when communicating infectious disease and no identifying information will be shared.
  • In the event of an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease at Kidz Klub or the school attended by the children at the service, children not immunised will be required to stay at home for the duration of the outbreak for their protection.

    Last Updated: 12/05/2020