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 better cared for in their own home with their parents. 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 consider the welfare of all the children in my care.
Please consider the implications of knowingly bringing a sick child to my setting. If I become unwell as a result and have to close the setting, this impacts all the other children I care for and their parents. In addition to this, as a self employed person, if I don't work, I don't earn and I have bills to pay like you do.
As set by The Public Health Agency, if your child has had diarrhoea or sickness in the last 48 hours please do not bring them in, but call and let me know.
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 provided by you, 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 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 infection and I would be unable to provide your child with the care they deserve.
If I am unable to work on a contracted day, I will make contact with you the night before or on the morning as early as possible to advise you that I will be unable to care for your child, if you require emergency childcare please discuss this with me and I can provide you the details of my emergency cover.
I will also 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, if you require emergency childcare please discuss this with me and I can provide you the details of my emergency cover or make childcare arrangements for you.