St Mary's Kindergarten, private nursery, Colchester, Essex

Absence and Medical Information

It is important that school records are complete and up-to-date, in the event that parents need to be contacted urgently. It is the responsibility of parents to notify the Kindergarten Manager if there are any changes.

If your child is unwell

Parents are asked to telephone the Kindergarten by 9.30am if their child is unwell and will not be attending Kindergarten.

In order to minimise the opportunity for infection within the Kindergarten, please keep your child off for 48 hours if they have vomited or have had diarrhoea.

A child starting a course of antibiotics must also be absent for 48 hours (unless this is part of an ongoing care plan to treat individual medical conditions e.g. asthma and the child is not unwell). This is because it is important that children are not subjected to the rigours of the Kindergarten day, which requires socialising with other children and being part of a group setting, when they have first become ill and require a course of antibiotics.

Illness at Kindergarten

A child who is ill during the school day will be isolated from the other children and parents will be contacted to collect.

Other absences

Parents are asked to notify the Kindergarten Manager if their child is to be absent from Kindergarten for any other reason, so that a note can be made on the register.

Medicines

Only medication prescribed by a doctor may be administered in Kindergarten. The medicine must be handed directly to a Kindergarten Practitioner and a permission form must be completed. Parents should collect medication either at the end of each day or at the end of the course of treatment. Please note that a child taking antibiotics must be absent from Kindergarten for 48 hours to allow for the medicine to work.

Medical needs

The parent of a child who requires an inhaler or an epi-pen must submit a Health, Care Plan. These can be obtained via your doctor.

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