Health and Safety

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Health Service​

Our Early Years Centers have qualified nurses who are on duty throughout the day in the School Clinic from 8:00am – 5:00pm.

The nurse will check students’ temperature each day as they arrive in the lobby. They will help to monitor students’ health and physical condition and attend to any sickness or injuries during the day.

If a student does not feel well during the school day, the student will be attended to by the nurse in the Clinic and will be allowed to lie down and rest while their condition is observed and parents are contacted. Students who become ill should be collected and taken home.

Immunisations

The nurse must receive up to date records of the student’s immunisations and the student’s hospital medical report, prior to the student starting school. Please give original copies to the Admission’s Office who will copy and forward onto the nurse. The nurse will send a reminder to parents when the next immunisation is due. Parents are responsible for providing the school with the updated immunisation record.

Hand Washing​​

Our Early Years Center promotes good hygiene practices including hand washing.

Fever​​​

The school maintains a ‘Fever Free’ policy and believes that students who are sick and have fever should not attend school as illnesses in young children spread very readily.

Our nurse monitors students’ temperature each morning. Students who have a temperature of 37.5 or higher will be taken to the School Clinic and parents will be contacted to come to collect their child and take them home.

By following this protocol, we hope to maintain a healthy environment for all and minimize infections.

Accidents and Injuries

Our Early Years Center educators take a proactive approach to safety so that each student can feel safe and free to explore their environment.

Early Years Centers Health and Safety Committees undertake regular health and safety checks and audits of any accident report, to continually monitor and improve the safety of the environment for students.

Should a serious injury or illness occur, the nurse will immediately apply first aid and will contact parents. Parents will be contacted to collect their child or in emergency situations advised of the plan of action regarding further medical treatment. If, in an emergency, you or your authorized person cannot be contacted, the nurse will provide the ambulance attendants with information regarding your child. A staff member who know your child, will accompany your child to the hospital and stay until you arrive. Full documentation of the incident will be made.

Medications

Should a student need to take medication at school, a registered parent or guardian must meet with the nurse and complete the ‘Permission to Administer Medicine Form’. Medicines should be in their original packaging when brought to our Early Years Centers and will be kept in safe storage during the day. Under no circumstances is any type of medication to be left in students’ bags. Please note that over-the-counter medication can only be administered by the nurse.

A note will be sent home to explain any medication that has been given to your child.

Allergies​

Parents should advise the school and the nurse if their child has any allergies e.g. food allergies that may restrict their diet or that may require medication or medical treatment, should they be exposed to allergens. Please keep the school and the nurse up to date with any changes to your child’s medical condition.

Recognizing that many students have severe allergic reactions to nuts, our Early Years Centers apply a strict ‘Nut Free Zone’. This includes peanuts and peanut products such as peanut oil in the school’s food services program.

Head Lice

Occasionally students may have head lice. Head lice may occur in anyone but are most common in students aged 4 and above. Head lice are small insects that live on the scalp and neck and often cause itchiness.



Although head lice may be embarrassing for some people and cause some discomfort, they do not cause illness.

However, they will not clear up on their own and should be treated promptly to avoid the spread to other individuals.



Head lice are usually discovered when a teaching staff member suspects head lice and sends the student to the nurse for checking, or when a parent informs the nurse that their child has head lice.

If a student is suspected of having head lice, the nurse will check the student’s head and contact the parents if treatment is required.

Following treatment, parents should inform the nurse and the student may return to school.



The nurse is required to check the student’s hair before being permitted to return to class.



The nurse will check all other class members if head lice have been discovered or reported in a class. Students in classes of brothers or sisters of affected students, will also be checked at this time and parents advised if necessary.

At the same time, students in these classes will be issued with a school letter about head lice, providing information to parents so that all students can be monitored.

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