No one wants to keep his or her child out of school – or a sibling out of the nursery, but that’s the best way to control the spread of colds and flu. Children SHOULD NOT be placed in Childminding if they:
- Have had a fever during the last 24 hours
- Have a large amount of nasal discharge. If you try a decongestant, do so well enough in advance to observe its affect on the discharge, and the child’s behavior. Always tell the Childminding staff about the medications the child has received.
- Have a “productive” cough (one that brings up a lot of mucus)
- Have diarrhea (4 or more loose stools per day)
- Have vomited in the last 24 hours
- Have a sore throat and you are able to see white patches when you look into the throat
- Have impetigo or any other contagious disease
If your child should contract a contagious disease (for example, chicken pox, measles), contact Childminding immediately so we can alert the other members. To help prevent the spread of colds and flu we recommend frequent hand washing. For best results, the hands should be washed with soap and water. Remember a sick child has lowered resistance to other germs and probably won’t enjoy coming to Childminding. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our director at extension 111.