National Principles for Child Safe Organisations-Poster

Time Out Poster

Fundamental Movement- Skills in Action 3-5 year old

Munch Move Breastfeeding Poster

Get Up and Grow-Caring for our kids- Indigenous Staff Handbook

Family Book- Get Up & Grow - Healthy eating and Physical Activity for Early Childhood

Physical Activities for babies and Toddlers

Caring for Children-0-5 Food Nutrition and Learning- part 1

Caring for Children-0-5 Food Nutrition and Learning- Part 2

Simple Ideas to get Children active each day

CHNS.P38 Incident, illness, accident & trauma policy

INCIDENT, ILLNESS, ACCIDENT & TRAUMA POLICY

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Policy number:38
Policy area:CHNS
Policy owner:Children's Services
Responsible / contact officer:Cathy Cahill
Effective date:31 January 2022
Review date:April 2025

The health and safety of all Educators, staff, children, families, and visitors to Enhance FDC services is of the utmost importance. Enhance FDC aims to reduce the likelihood of incidents, illness, accidents, and trauma through implementing comprehensive risk management, effective hygiene practices and the ongoing professional development of all Educators and staff to respond quickly and effectively to any incident or accident.

Enhance FDC acknowledges that in early education and care services, illness and disease can spread easily from one child to another, even when implementing the recommended hygiene and infection control practices. Enhance FDC Educators work to minimise illnesses by adhering to all recommended guidelines from relevant government authorities regarding the prevention of infectious diseases and adhere to exclusion periods recommended by public health units and Enhance FDC policies.

When groups of children play together and are in new surroundings accidents may occur. Enhance FDC and Educators will work in partnership to effectively manage FDC residences’ physical environments to allow children to experience challenging situations whilst preventing serious injuries.

NATIONAL QUALITY STANDARD (NQS)
Quality Area 2: Children’s Health and Safety: 2.1, 2.1.2, 2.2, 2.1.1, 2.2.2

EDUCATION AND CARE SERVICES NATIONAL REGULATIONS
12 Meaning of serious incident
85 Incident, injury, trauma and illness policies and procedures
86 Notification to parents of incident, injury, trauma and illness
87 Incident, injury, trauma and illness record
88 Infectious diseases
89 First aid kits
97 Emergency and evacuation procedures
161 Authorisations to be kept in enrolment record
162 Health information to be kept in enrolment record
168 Education and care service must have policies and procedures
174 Prescribed information to be notified to Regulatory Authority
176 Time to notify certain information to Regulatory Authority

Purpose

Enhance FDC and its Educators have a duty of care to respond to and manage illnesses, accidents, incidents, and trauma that may occur at a service to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children, Educators, and visitors. This policy will guide Educators to manage illness and prevent injury and the spread of infectious diseases.

Scope

This policy applies to the Approved Provider, Children’s Services Team, Educators, children, families, and visitors.

Implementation

Identifying signs and symptoms of illness

Enhance FDC Educators and staff are not medical professionals and are therefore unable to diagnose an illness or infectious disease. To minimise the spread of an infection, medical advice is required to ensure a safe and healthy environment.

Children who appear unwell at a service will be closely monitored and if any symptoms described below are noticed, or the child is not well enough to participate in normal activities, parents or an emergency contact person will be contacted to collect the child as soon as possible. A child who is displaying symptoms of a contagious illness (vomiting, diarrhoea) will be moved away from the rest of the group (where possible) and supervised until he/she is collected by a parent or emergency contact person.

Symptoms indicating illness may include:

High temperature or fevers

A high temperature or fever is not an illness in its own right, rather it is a symptom of an underlying condition or illness. Due to this, Enhance FDC will not treat a high temperature with medication as it may mask the underlying cause.

Recognised authorities suggest a child’s normal temperature will range between 36.0°C and 37.5C, but this will often depend on the age of the child and the time of day.

Any child with a high fever or temperature reaching 38°C or higher will not be permitted to attend Enhance FDC services until 24 hours after the temperature/fever has subsided.

When a child has a high temperature or fever

Methods to reduce a child's temperature or fever

Dealing with colds/flu (runny nose)

Colds are the most common cause of illness in children and adults. There are more than 200 types of viruses that can cause the common cold. Symptoms include a runny or blocked nose, sneezing and coughing, watery eyes, headache, a mild sore throat, and possibly a slight fever.

As children get older, and as they are exposed to greater numbers of children, they get fewer colds each year because of increased immunity. By 3 years of age, children who have been exposed to other children in group settings (such as family day care) since infancy have the same number of colds, or fewer, as children who are cared for only at home.

Educators have the right to send children home if they appear unwell due to a cold or general illness. Children can become distressed and lethargic when unwell. Discharge coming from a child’s nose and coughing can lead to germs spreading to other children, educators, toys, and equipment. Educators will assess each individual case prior to sending the child home.

Diarrhea and vomiting (gastroenteritis)

Gastroenteritis (or ‘gastro’) is a general term for an illness of the digestive system. Typical symptoms include abdominal cramps, diarrhoea, and vomiting. In many cases, it does not need treatment, and symptoms disappear in a few days.

However, gastroenteritis can cause dehydration because of the large amount of fluid lost through vomiting and diarrhoea. Therefore, if a child does not receive enough fluids, he/she may require fluids intravenously.

If a child has diarrhoea and/or vomiting whilst at their service, the Educator will notify parents or an emergency contact to collect the child immediately. In the event of an outbreak of viral gastroenteritis, Enhance FDC will contact the local public health unit and document the number of cases, dates of onset and duration of symptoms. An outbreak is when two or more children, the Educator or family members have a sudden onset of diarrhoea or vomiting in a 2-dayperiod.

Children that have had diarrhoea and/or vomiting will be asked to stay away from the service for 48 hours after symptoms have ceased to reduce infection transmission as symptoms can reappear after 24 hours in many instances. Children, Educators and Enhance FDC staff with diarrhoea and/or vomiting will be excluded until the diarrhoea and/or vomiting has stopped for at least 48 hours.

Please note: If there is a gastroenteritis outbreak at an Enhance FDC service, children displaying the symptoms will be excluded from the service until the diarrhoea and/or vomiting has stopped, and the child’s family are able to get a medical clearance from their doctor.

Preventing the spread of illness

To reduce the transmission of infectious illness, Enhance FDC implements effective hygiene and infection control routines and procedures. If a child is unwell or displaying symptoms of a cold or flu virus, parents are requested to keep the child away from their service.

Infectious illnesses can be spread quickly from one person to another usually through respiratory droplets or from a child or person touching their own mouth or nose and then touching an object or surface.

Prevention strategies

Practising effective hygiene helps to minimise the risk of cross infection within Enhance FDC services.
Educators model good hygiene practices and remind children to cough or sneeze into their elbow or use a disposable tissue and wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after touching their mouth, eyes or nose.

Handwashing techniques are practised by all Educators and children routinely using soap and water before and after eating and when using the toilet and drying hands thoroughly with paper towel. All surfaces including cushions and pillows used by a child who is unwell, will be cleaned with soap and water and then disinfected.

Parents, families and visitors are requested to wash their hands upon arrival and departure at the service or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. (Note: alcohol-based sanitizers must be kept out of reach of children and used only with adult supervision.)

Parents will be notified of any outbreak of an infectious illness within the service via information at the sign in and out area of the FDC residence as well as by email from Enhance FDC.

Exclusion periods for illness and infectious diseases are provided to parents and families as part of this notification and can also be found in Staying Healthy in Childcare (edition 5), at the service.

Serious injury, incident or trauma

In the event of any child, parent or visitor having an accident at the service, the Educator (who has a First Aid certification) will attend to the person immediately.

Educators must ensure that first aid does not prevent adequate supervision being provided to all children. Where possible, Educators should ask their Educator assistant or another adult to support them to manage the first aid and supervision of children.

A serious incident should be documented as an incident, injury, trauma and illness record as soon as possible and within 24 hours of the incident, with any evidence attached.

Trauma is defined as the impact of an event or a series of events during which a child feels helpless and pushed beyond their ability to cope. There are a range of different events that might be traumatic to a child, including accidents, injuries, serious illness, natural disasters (bush fires), assault, and threats of violence, domestic violence, neglect or abuse and wars or terrorist attacks.

Parental or cultural trauma can also have a traumatising effect on children. This definition firmly places trauma into a developmental context:

“Trauma changes the way children understand their world, the people in it and where they belong”(Australian Childhood Foundation, 2010).

Trauma can disrupt the relationships a child has with their parents, their Educator and other adults who care for them. It can transform children’s language skills, physical and social development and the ability to manage their emotions and behaviour.

Behavioral responses for pre-school aged children who have experiences trauma may include:

Children who have experienced traumatic events often need help to adjust to the way they are feeling. When parents and Educators take the time to listen, talk, and play they may find children begin to say or show how they are feeling. Providing children with time and space lets them know you are available and care about them.

It is important for the Educator to be patient when dealing with a child who has experienced a traumatic event. It may take time to understand how to respond to a child’s needs and new behaviours before parents and the Educator are able to work out the best ways to support a child. It is imperative to realise that a child’s behaviour may be a response to the traumatic event rather than just ‘naughty’ or ‘difficult’ behaviour. Educators should contact their Practice Mentor or Children Services Manager for support in this situation.

Educators can assist children dealing with trauma by:

There are a number of ways for parents and Educators to reduce their own stress and maintain awareness, so they continue to be effective when offering support to children who have experienced traumatic events.

Strategies to assist Families, Educators and Enhance FDC staff to cope with children’s stress or trauma may include:

Living or working with traumatised children can be demanding so it is important to be aware of your own responses and seek support from management when required.

Enhance FDC and Educators will ensure:

Families will:

Variations
FDCAQ reserves the right to vary, replace or terminate this policy.

Links to associated documentsAustralian Childhood Foundation. (2010). Making space for learning: Trauma informed practice in schools:
https://www.theactgroup.com.au/documents/makingspaceforlearning-traumainschools.pdf
Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority. (2014).
Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. (2009).
Australian Government Department of Health Health Topics
https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics
BeYou (2020) Bushfires response
https://beyou.edu.au/bushfires-response
Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics. (2016).
First Aid Workplace:
http://sydney.edu.au/science/psychology/whs/COP/First-aid-workplace.pdf
Guide to the Education and Care Services National Law and the Education and Care Services National Regulations. (2017). Guide to the National Quality Standard (2020)
Health Direct https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/
National Health and Medical Research Council. (2012). Staying healthy: Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services. Fifth Edition (updated 2013).
NSW Public Health Unit:
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/Pages/phus.aspx
Policy Development in early childhood setting
Raising Children Network:
https://raisingchildren.net.au/guides/a-z-health-reference/fever
Revised National Quality Standard. (2018).
The Sydney Children’s Hospitals network (2020)
https://www.schn.health.nsw.gov.au/search/site?query=fever
Revised National Quality Standard. (2018).
Victoria Government. Better Health Channel. Water safety for children.
Acknowledgements and referencesNil

CHNS.P37 Administration of medication policy

ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION POLICY

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Policy number:37
Policy area:CHNS
Policy owner:Children's Services
Responsible / contact officer:Cathy Cahill
Effective date:29 January 2022
Review date:January 2025

Enhance Family Day Care supports high quality Education and Care environments where all children have their individual needs considered and their health, safety and wellbeing are paramount. In supporting the health and wellbeing of children, the use of medications may be required for children while they are in attendance at their service. All medication will be administered as prescribed by medical practitioners and first aid guidelines to ensure the continuing health, safety and wellbeing of the child.

NATIONAL QUALITY STANDARD (NQS)
Quality Area 2: Children’s Health and Safety: 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.2, 2.2.1, 2.2.2

EDUCATION AND CARE SERVICES NATIONAL REGULATIONS
90 Medical conditions policy
90(1)(a) The management of medical conditions, including asthma, diabetes, or a diagnosis that a child is at risk of anaphylaxis
90(2) The medical conditions policy of the education and care service must set out practices in relation to self-administration of medication by children over preschool age if the service permits that self-administration
91 Medical conditions policy to be provided to parents
92 Medication record
93 Administration of medication
94 Exception to authorisation requirement - anaphylaxis or asthma emergency
95 Procedure for administration of medication
96 Self-administration of medication
136 First Aid qualifications
170 Policies and procedures are to be followed

Purpose

To ensure all Educators of Enhance Family Day Care understand their liabilities and duty of care to meet each child’s individual health care needs. Educators need to be informed of all children diagnosed with a medical condition and understand the strategies in place to support children’s individual needs. Educators are to be specifically trained to be able to safely administer children’s required medication with the written consent of the child’s parent or guardian. Enhance FDC has developed stringent procedures that the Educator will adhere to, to promote the health and wellbeing of each child enrolled with Enhance FDC.

Scope

This policy applies to the Approved Provider, Children Services Team, Educators, Educator Assistants, children, families, and visitors of the Family Day Care Service.

Implementation

Families requesting the administration of medication to their child will be required to follow the guidelines developed by Enhance FDC to ensure the safety of children and Educators. These guidelines have been developed in accordance with legislative guidelines, the National Quality Standards and to leading authorities: National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and the Queensland Department of Health recommendations.

For children with a diagnosed health care need, allergy or relevant medical condition, parents/guardians will be required to complete a Medical Management Plan in partnership with their health care provider and Enhance FDC prior to enrolment. The Medical Management Plan will need to be updated at least annually and at any time there is a change to the diagnosed condition and/or treatment. Educators and Practice Mentors will also develop a Risk Minimisation and Communication Plan in consultation with parents/guardians to ensure risks are minimised and strategies implemented to keep each child safe in our care.

Medication will not be given to children in contradiction to the doctor’s instructions under any circumstances. (This includes the frequency of the administration of medication). Where a parent is requesting that an Educator administer medication in contradiction to the doctor’s instructions, Educators should contact their Practice Mentor for advice and support.

Enhance FDC will ensure:

Educators will:

Families will:

Self-Administration of Medication
A child over preschool age may self-administer medication under the following circumstances:

Guidelines for administration of Paracetamol

Medications kept at the FDC service

Emergency administration of medication (other than paracetamol)

Emergency involving Asthma or Anaphylaxis

The Educator will contact the following (as required) as soon as practicably possible:

The child will be comforted, reassured, and removed to a quiet area under the direct supervision of the Educator.

Induction and training for Educators

Variations
FDCAQ reserves the right to vary, replace or terminate this policy.

Links to associated documentsAustralian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority. (2014).
Australian society of clinical immunology and allergy. ascia. https://www.allergy.org.au/hp/anaphylaxis/ascia-action-plan-for-anaphylaxis
Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. (2009).
Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics. (2016).
Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010. (Amended 2018).
Education and Care Services National Regulations. (2011)
Guide to the Education and Care Services National Law and the Education and Care Services National Regulations. (2017).
Guide to the National Quality Framework. (2018). (Amended 2020).
National Health and Medical Research Council. (2012). (updated June 2013). Staying healthy: Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services.
QLD Department of Health: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/
Revised National Quality Standard. (2018).
The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network (2020)
Acknowledgements and referencesNil

CHNS.P36 Administration of first aid policy

ADMINISTRATION OF FIRST AID POLICY

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Policy number:36
Policy area:CHNS
Policy owner:Children's Services
Responsible / contact officer:Cathy Cahill
Effective date:29 January 2022
Review date:January 2025

Enhance Family Day Care supports high quality Education and Care environments where all children have their individual needs considered and their health, safety and wellbeing are paramount. Enhance FDC requires all Educators to maintain current Early Childhood First Aid qualifications (incorporating CPR, asthma and anaphylaxis) to be able to apply first aid in the event of an accident, illness or injury. First aid can save lives and prevent minor injuries or illnesses from becoming major. ‘First aid can reduce the severity of an injury or illness and in extreme cases, could mean the difference between life and death.’ (Safe Work Australia).

The ability to provide prompt basic first aid is particularly important in the context of a Family Day Care service where Educators have a duty of care and obligation to assist children who are injured, become ill, or require support with administration of medication.

NATIONAL QUALITY STANDARD (NQS)
Quality Area 2: Children's Health and Safety: 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.2., 2.2.1, 2.2.2

EDUCATION AND CARE SERVICES NATIONAL REGULATIONS
12 Meaning of serious incident
85 Incident, injury, trauma and illness policies and procedures
86 Notification to parents of incident, injury, trauma and illness
87 Incident, injury, trauma and illness record
88 Infectious diseases
89 First aid kits
97 Emergency and evacuation procedures
136(3) First Aid Qualifications
161 Authorisations to be kept in enrolment record
162 Health information to be kept in enrolment record
168 Education and care service must have policies and procedures
168(2)(a)(iv) The administration of first aid
174 Prescribed information to be notified to Regulatory Authority
176 Time to notify certain information to Regulatory Authority

Purpose

Enhance FDC has a duty of care to provide and protect the health and safety of children, families,
Educators, and visitors of the Service. As Educators primarily work alone in their approved
residence whilst providing care for children, this policy aims to support Educators to:

Scope

This policy applies to the Approved Provider, Children Services team, Educators, and Educator
Assistants of Enhance FDC.

Implementation

First aid is the emergency aid or treatment given to persons suffering illness or injury following an
accident and prior to obtaining professional medical services if required. It includes emergency
treatment, maintenance of records, dressing of minor injuries, recognition and reporting of health
hazards, and participation in safety programs.

Enhance Family Day Care will:

Enhance FDC Educators will:

Families will:

First aid kit

Enhance FDC will ensure that first aid kits are kept up to date and in accordance with National Education and Care Service Regulations at each service

All First Aid Kits must:

Educators will display a well-recognised, standardised first aid sign to assist in easily locating first aid kits.

Induction and training for Educators

Variations
FDCAQ reserves the right to vary, replace or terminate this policy.

Links to associated documentsAustralian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority. (2014).
Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics. (2016).
Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010. (Amended 2018).
Education and Care Services National Regulations. (2011)
Guide to the Education and Care Services National Law and the Education and Care Services National Regulations. (2017).
Guide to the National Quality Framework. (2018). (Amended 2020).
Revised National Quality Standard. (2018).
Safe Work Australia First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/doc/model-code-practice-first-aid-workplace
Safe Work Australia Legislative Fact Sheets First Aiders:
https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/first-aid
Acknowledgements and referencesNil

Queensland Poisons Information Centre

Education and Care Services National Law (Queensland) Act 2011

Education and Care Services National Regulations (2011 SI 653)

Nappy Changing Poster

Enhance Health and Hygiene Commitment Plan

HEALTH AND HYGIENE COMMITMENT PLAN

INTRODUCTION (updated August 2021)

Enhance Family Day Care is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of everyone sharing our early childhood environment and ensuring children have a positive early education and care experience.

Our updated Health and Hygiene Commitment Plan highlights Family Day Care Association Queensland’s (FDCAQ) commitment to adhere to these measures and how we are achieving this commitment, in partnership with, our Family Day Care educators.

While educators can practice social distancing from parents/guardians, they cannot practice social distancing with very young children. Therefore, they need to be confident about the steps being taken to reduce the risk of any infection getting into their environment.

Enhance FDC plans must meet or exceed the requirements of the National Quality Standards Quality Area 2, the relevant legislated workplace health and safety requirements and the requirements of the federal, state and territory health authorities. At no point can any of our decisions supplant any workplace health and safety laws or the most recent health department advice on COVID-19.

STEP 1
Arrival and departure practices

We acknowledge that each Family Day Care service is unique, with each service using different areas of their residence as the approved learning areas. The drop off and pick up times can be a high traffic zone and needs to be closely monitored, ensuring social distancing is not compromised.

Enhance FDC has established procedures for educators to monitor the health of children in their service. Now, during the current environment, it is more important than ever to adhere to the following practices and procedures:

  1. A child must not attend care with a temperature higher than 38 degrees
  2. Families must not give their child/ren any fever reducing medication prior to drop off (paracetamol or ibuprofen)
  3. Unwell children will be refused access and the parent will be required to take the child home
  4. The child will only be accepted upon a subsequent day, if:
    a) Their temperature has dropped to 37.5 degrees or lower for at least 24 hours
    b) They are not displaying any of the following signs or symptoms:
    • has trouble breathing
    • becomes drowsy or unresponsive
    • unexplained or persistent cough
    • seems dehydrated, refuses to drink or is weeing less often
    • complains of a stiff neck, persistent headache or light hurting their eyes
    • vomits persistently, or has frequent bouts of diarrhea
    • suffers pain or is continuously crying
  1. Families must ensure their interactions with the educators are limited to less than 15 minutes. This will help reduce the risk of any face to face transmission.
  2. Only one family member can attend the FDC service at a time, unless a family is dropping off multiple children and requires additional assistance.
  3. Families who require longer conversations regarding their child’s care and education should be contacted by phone or email to ensure there is continuation of care for the child.
  4. Exclusion of people from entering the FDC service who are at a high risk, including the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions.
  5. Families and educators must follow Mandatory Mask wearing guidelines from state or territory health authorities during times of restrictions and lockdowns.

STEP 2
Physical/Social Distancing

Physical/Social distancing can be a challenge when working with young children. Here are some strategies to support physical/social distancing:

  1. Consider the area of each room and do your best to create larger play spaces in your approved areas.
  2. Talk to children around physical and social distancing.
  3. Utilising outdoor spaces as much as possible.
  4. Educators are to maintain 1.5 metres of distance between themselves and others (families/guardians); including children, where it is possible to do so, in accordance with general health advice.

STEP 3
Workplace Precautions

Educators and parents both share responsibility for ensuring that infections are not brought into the FDC environment, to protect all children in care.

  1. Educators must not work if they are sick and have a temperature above 38 degrees.
  2. Families will apply hand sanitiser on arrival at the home and prior to using the sign in/out screen. If this is not available, they should wash their hands with soap and water.
  3. Establish child drop off and pick up protocols that minimise the need for parents to enter the FDC residence at the same time.
  4. Reduce visitors to the absolute minimum, including cancelling incursions.
  5. Educators should consider spreading out furniture to increase distancing; look at the spacing of cots and highchairs, keeping them safely apart.

Families and educators must follow Mandatory Mask wearing guidelines from state or territory health authorities during times of restrictions and lockdowns.

STEP 4
Adequate Cleaning

High traffic areas in the FDC service must be cleaned every day, using detergent. This includes: doorknobs, handrails, light switches and iPads.

Sign in/out areas (iPads) should be wiped after each family has used them.

Toys and surfaces will be cleaned twice per day at minumum. Toys that have been mouthed by a child must be cleaned before being used by another child.

Ensure that bedding is not shared between children.

Bedding belonging to an unwell child must be washed immediately after the child leaves.

If the bedding is provided by the family, it must be sent home with the child and the family advised that it must be washed before the child returns.

STEP 5
Hygiene

Enhance FDC have well developed hygiene practices that meet the standards of the state and territory health authorities for COVID-19. It is important, particularly in this current pandemic, that every educator pays specific attention to their personal health and hygiene, as outlined below.

  1. Educators and children wash their hands at the following times:
    a) On arrival and departure from the service
    b) Before and after consuming food
    c) After playing with toys or playing outside
    d) When hands are visibly dirty
    e) After going to the toilet
    f) Before preparation of food or handling of bottles
    g) After wiping/blowing your nose or sneezing
    h) After patting an animal
    i) Before and after giving medication (educator only)
    j) After removing gloves (educator only)
  1. Gloves must be worn for the following activities:
    a) Helping a child go to the toilet
    b) Changing a nappy
    c) Cleaning children’s faces
    d) Handling rubbish or carrying rubbish bags
    e) Using spray bottles with chemicals
    f) Wiping a child’s nose
    g) After cleaning up or touching sores, faeces, a wound, blood, vomit or other bodily fluids
  1. Exclusions and infection – the following people will be excluded from entering a FDC service:
    a) Anyone, including children, who have a temperature above 38 degrees
    b) Anyone, including children, who shows signs of having any breathing difficulty for example, wheezing, gasping for air (except for those who may have known and documented respiratory conditions)
    c) Anyone, including children, who has been outside of Australia within the last 14 days
    d) Anyone, including children, who have returned to a state or territory where self-isolation border measures are in place.
    e) Anyone, including children, who have been in contact with a person who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.
    f) Any educator defined as vulnerable or who have care responsibilities for a vulnerable person. Vulnerable is defined as:
    i. Suffering from a chronic medical condition
    ii. Suffering from a chronic autoimmune condition
    iii. Aged 70 years or older
    iv. High risk pregnancy

Educators who fall into the vulnerable category will be requested to ask a GP to complete a COVID-19 GP Medical Letter and cease work immediately.

Steps to follow in the event of a child or an educator visiting an exposure site.

If an educator, educator family member or FDC child/family suspects/or has visited an exposure site, they must immediately check the exposure locations listed by the state or territory health authority and follow the directives stated in relation to the type of contact. Eg. close, casual or secondary.

Steps to take in the event of a ‘if in time of outbreak’

Steps to follow in the event of a confirmed diagnosed of COVID-19.

The following rules apply if a child or educator has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

The case must be confirmed by the state or territory health authority before action is taken and when directed:

a. All parents and staff must be informed immediately.
b. The educator must be closed immediately while contact tracing is completed.
c. The educator or family must follow advice and quarantine timeframes from the Queensland Public Health Unit.
d. All relevant departments and regulatory bodies must be notified.
e. Cleaning of the FDC environment must be completed in all registered areas, including toys and all high touch surfaces (i.e. door handles and light switches)
f. The FDC service and all FDC educators must follow the advice of the relevant health department.

REFERENCES

Interim infection prevention and control guidelines for the management of COVID-19 in healthcare settings Version 1.12 - 11 May 2020 – Queensland Health.
https://www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0038/939656/qh-covid-19-Infection-control-guidelines.pdf

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) coronavirus (COVID-19) statement, 3 April 2020 .
https://www.health.gov.au/news/australian-health-protection-principal-committee-ahppc-coronavirus-covid-19-statement-on-3-april-2020?utm_source=miragenews&utm_medium=miragenews&utm_campaign=news

ACECQA Safe Transportation of Children Changes

Risk Assessment Plan for Transporting Children - Examples