Health and Medication

General Principles

Children should not be bought to the centre unless they are able to cope with normal centre routines and activities, as we cannot always give one-to-one attention with regard to sick children.

A comprehensive list of Conditions, Exclusion of Cases and Exclusion of Contact can be obtained from our staff.

Minor Ailments, Fever

Children’s body temperature often fluctuates markedly during an infection. A very common pattern is for a child to develop a high temperature during the night, but to appear perfectly well the next morning.

During the day, however, the child’ temperature may once again be on the rise. Parents should inform staff that the child has been FEVERISH.

Staff members suspecting that a child has an elevated temperature may measure the child’s temperature. If the temperature is above 38ºC the child will be considered unwell.

Parents will be asked to take their child home.

Parents will be notified before we administer Panadol to bring the temperature down. This action will be written down on the Medication Form for parents to sign.

If your child is taking antibiotics you must keep them at home for the initial 24 hours after commencement.

Prescribed Medication – Short Term

Little Stars Kindergarten can only administer medications provided the item of medication is in its original container, is valid and made out in the child’s name with dosages mentioned.

The child’s name, type of medication, dosage-required use by date and time of administration are to be entered the Medication Form are also to sign the Medication Form after administration of the medication.

Prescribed Medication – Long Term

When medication for the treatment of long-term conditions or complaints such as asthma or epilepsy is needed, either intermittently or on a continuous basis, the above conditions will also apply.

In addition, parents should acquaint staff with the manifestations of the condition as they apply to their child including such details as likely severity of attacks, warning signs, methods of acute care, etc.,

A letter from the child’s doctor or specialist is required detailing the medical condition of the child.

Emergency Treatment

In the case of an accident or emergency resulting in the need for medical attention every effort will be made to contact the parents/ guardians before attention is sought.