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Your Child's Health

Can you administer medicine to my child during the day?

On occasions we may have children in the setting that have Medical and/or Health Needs. This may include the need to administer any ongoing medication, occasional medication, emergency medication or preventative medication. 


Should your child require medication during the session, the Manager will complete a ‘Health Care Plan’ with parents/guardians, detailing the child’s medical needs, the procedures and possible triggers that may apply, and giving parental consent to administer any named medication.  Only medication prescribed by a GP can be adminsitered.  

My child has a temperature - can they come to Kindergarten?

A normal temperature in babies and children is around 36.4C, but this can vary slightly from child to child.


Checking a high temperature - Your child might:

  • feel hotter than usual to the touch on their forehead, back or tummy

  • feel sweaty or clammy

  • have red cheeks


A fever is a high temperature of 38C or more.  If your child has a temperature of 38C or over, they should not attend Little Acorns.  If your child spikes a temperature of 38C or over during the session, you will need to collect your child as soon as possible.  Calpol cannot be administered unless in exceptional circumstances at the Managements discretion. 

Sickness and/or Diarrhea guidelines

We ask parents not to send their children into Little Acorns for 48 hours after they were last sick or had diarrhoea. 


This rule is in place to  help prevent spreading the infection around the pre-school and keeping everyone well. 


Whilst your child may appear well, germs can still be spread during this 48 hour period.  The most important thing is to have lots of fluids to avoid dehydration.

Headlice

Head lice are tiny insects which live in the hair and feed by biting the scalp and sucking blood. The female head louse lays her eggs close to the scalp where it is warm enough to incubate them. The eggs, or nits, hatch out, start feeding and soon begin to lay more eggs. Empty egg shells are left attached to the hair when the louse hatches. Head lice cannot fly, jump or swim but spread by clambering from head to head.

They are caught by head-to-head contact with someone who already has them.  We do not physically check hair here at Little Acorns, but we do support the ‘Once a Week, Take a Peek’ initiative. 


If you do find headlice or nits in your child’s hair it is essential that you let us  know.  Please do not be embarrassed about this, headlice are a normal part of pre-school life!