I appreciate that as a working parent you need to be able to go to work, however if your child is unwell then they will be bettered cared for in their own home with a parent. I am happy to care for children with minor coughs and colds but will not care for children who are very unwell, infectious or running a high temperature. I have to go out each day to do school and pre-school runs and need to consider the welfare of all the children in my care.
I cannot look after your child if they have had diarrhoea or sickness in the last 48 hours.
If your child becomes ill whilst in my care, I will make them as comfortable as possible, isolate them from the other children if necessary and reassure them. I will contact you immediately and continue to care for your child until you arrive.
I am happy to administer medication - please see my medicine policy.
I reserve the right to refuse admission of any child who is unwell or has an infection that could be passed on, including head lice and conjunctivitis.
I will contact you if one of my own children is not well, inform you of the illness/symptoms and if I am able to work. This then allows you to make an informed decision as to whether to bring your child or not.
I am happy to work when I have minor ailments such as colds etc however I will not work if I have sickness or diarrhoea or any other highly contagious infection. Continuing to work would only result in a further spreading of the germs and I would be unable to give your child the care they deserve.
I have therefore arranged emergency cover with three Ofsted Registered Childminders. These childminders; their homes and the children they care for will be known to your child. They are happy to care for your child whilst I am unwell, providing it doesn’t take them over their registered numbers. If you wish to meet with them beforehand, please let me know. If I contact you to inform you that I am unwell and therefore unable to work, please call any of the above to arrange cover. I do not charge if I am unable to work through illness and the above-mentioned childminders will charge you at our agreed rate for the day(s) they cover.