Health Nutrition and Safety
It is highly recommended that all children attending Richmond Preschool have age appropriate immunisations as per the Health Department schedule.
All children must have documented evidence of their immunisation status by either;
– An Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) Immunisation History Statement which shows that your child is up to date with their scheduled immunisations.
– An ACIR Immunisation Medical Exemption Form (IM011) which has been certified by your general practitioner.
– Evidence that a catch up schedule is in place with your vaccination provider.
In the event of an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease at Richmond Preschool, the Public Health Act requires us to notify the Health Department. It is Health Department Policy that children who are not immunised remain at home for the duration of the outbreak. Fees still need to be paid during this exclusion period.
Parents are asked not to bring sick children to preschool. Educators have the right to refuse children to attend preschool if they have any of the following and/or appear unwell.
- High temperature
- Eye discharge
- School sores
- Common cold
Preschool is not the place for an unwell child. If a child is at preschool when unwell they are also putting other children and educators at risk of infection. It is up to educators discretion in consultation with the Director/Nominated Supervisor if a child is not well enough to remain at preschool.
Only prescribed medication with an Action Plan completed by your childs Doctor will be administered i.e. Ventolin.
One dose of paracetamol will be administered to your child with a temperature of 38C or over. Permission on the enrolment form must have been singed and phone contact will be made. We will also require your child to be picked up from preschool within 30 minutes at this time.
Richmond Preschool has adopted NSW Health’s recommendations regarding the exclusion of children from preschool because of illness, as outlined in their pamphlet “Some Infectious Diseases of Children” and “Staying Healthy in Childcare”.
Infectious diseases of childhood:
- Chicken Pox
- German Measles (Rubella)
- Glandular Fever
- Hand Foot and Mouth Disease
- Head Lice
- Hepatitis A
- Impetigo (school sores)
- Meningococcal Disease
- Molluscum Contagiosum
- Scarlet Fever
- Slapped Cheek
- Whooping Cough
If you are at all concerned, the best option is to see your Doctor for advice.
Children will be required to be kept at home whilst contagious and not return to preschool until the infection has been treated and can no longer be passed on.
At Richmond Preschool we aim to encourage sound nutrition practices which when started early may lay a solid foundation for life. For this reason we would like you to pay particular attention to providing a nutritious morning tea and lunch for your child. Richmond Preschool provides water for your child whilst at preschool.
Please be advised of recommended foods and foods not recommended for preschool that are noted in our Nutrition Policy. We believe that encouraging good nutrition now, sets patterns for healthy eating later in life.
Be aware that some products may appear to be healthy but are actually high in sugar, salt and fat. Richmond Preschool abides by Department of Education and Communities regulations in relation to nutrition and supply of food.
You can find our Nutrition Policy here
Food allergy awareness and anaphylaxis
Richmond Preschool has a policy relating to food allergy awareness and anaphylaxis. The aim of our policy is to ensure that any child, with severe allergies who attends the preschool is provided with an environment that is as safe as possible and allows them to participate in the daily routine without the risk or fear of being exposed to traces of their allergen.
For a small but significant number of children with food allergies, minute amounts of certain foods when ingested can be life threatening.
All parents and caregivers are asked to think carefully when packing their children’s lunchboxes limiting and avoiding such items as peanut butter, nuts and Nutella.
For NSW Health Fact Sheets please open the following links. Munch and Move Water as a Drink, Munch and Move Snacks or Munch and Move Healthy Lunchboxes.
To protect your child form the sun we ask that you provide a legionnaire, bucket or broad rimmed hat. If a hat is not provided then they will be unable to participate in the outdoor activities. We will protect your child by asking them to play in the shade or on the verandah. Richmond Preschool has a small number of spare hats that can be loaned to your child. Please place their hat in the top of their locker on arrival for easy access. Richmond Preschool hats are available for purchase form the office.
Richmond Preschool supplies sunscreen for your child/ren. On arrival please apply sunscreen to your child and sign that this has been done. Educators will assist children in applying sunscreen if they have not had any applies. Children will be educated and assisted in applying their sunscreen at other time of the day.
Ensure that your childs shoulders are adequately covered. Sun dresses need to have a T-shirt worn underneath for adequate protection when playing outside.
The preschool regularly practices emergency evacuation procedure, to ensure the children safety is maintained. Evacuation Plans are located near each external exit. Parents are encouraged to familiarise themselves with these.