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Health information

This information was compiled by the MCFCO Committee of Management.
Parents are encouraged to read the information presented here to help limit the spread of infectious disease in the daycare.

When is a child sick?

Children will not be accepted at the centre, or will be sent home if they display any of the following:
  • A higher than normal temperature: above 37.5°C (37.5°C ear temperature or 37°C auxillary (armpit) temperature)
  • Unidentified rashes.
  • Had an occurrence of diarrhoea in the last 24 hours.
  • Had an occurrence of vomiting in the last 24 hours.
  • Is clearly unwell, eg marked difference to normal temperament, marked listlessness, or showing signs of pain.
See also information in Health and safety policy and How sick is too sick.


Pick up your child as soon as practical:

  • If your child becomes sick at home with any of the above symptoms please keep them at home
  • If your child becomes sick whilst at childcare, you will be contacted by a staff requesting that your child be picked up. Please pick up your child as soon as practicable or arrange for an alternate authorised adult to can pick up your child.
  • When you pick up your child you will given an “Illness report for Dr and Parent” form to fill in.
  • In some circumstances you may need to go to the doctor before returning to childcare.
See also information in Health and safety policy.


When can my child come back?

  • For each common infectious disease there is a recommended minimum exclusion period.
  • Please refer to the table for Exclusion periods when your child has in infectious disease.
See also information in Health and safety policy.


What else can parents do to help prevent spread of infectious disease?

  • Learn when to wash your hands, including when you first arrive, before you leave childcare, after wiping a nose, before handling food/utensils.
  • Learn and teach your children good hand washing practice.
  • Learn and teach your children good cough etiquette.
  • Keep immunisation up to date (see Medications policy)
See more information in Good handwashing practice and Cough etiquette.


For more information on specific diseases and general infection control advice, please refer to: