In the recent nursery quarterly questionnaire we had some feedback that our sick policy was a bit heavy handed and so we’ve reviewed this.
At the nursery we have always wanted to stay pretty much in line with the Health Protection Agency guidelines and stay in keeping with best practice, having said this we have also used our childcare experience in cases like conjuncitivus which can spread like wild fire in a nursery baby room.
We have reviewed what our policy says and we are going to trial sticking to the HPA guidelines but adding an extra caveat that if we have more children being diagnosed then the nursery manager will take the decision to keep the children at home until they are not contagious.
This is a real balancing act, we never like to refuse entry to a child, as we know that we are there to offer a childcare service however, we also know that if a child is in nursery who spreads illness then everyone takes off more time. We have had anecdotal feedback in the past that children have spent less time off with us overall than at other nurseries the family has moved from, as we have been pretty clear what’s in and what’s out!
We propose we run this as a trial for up to six months and if the level of sickness hasn’t increased then we could run a parent group on this to get your feedback. What do you think? Are you in agreement with a trial or are you happy with the way the nursery’s policy is run now? Let us know what you think, so we can get it right for you.