Health policy

The Public Health (Amendment) Act 1992 requires that child care centres and preschools maintain a Register of the vaccination status of all children enrolled and must request regular updating of that status.

Upon enrolling a child, parents will be required to provide a Certificate of Vaccination.  This does not mean that vaccination is compulsory and parents have the right of choice in this matter.  However, in the event of an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease, unvaccinated children will be required to remain at home for the duration of the outbreak.

Homeopathic "Immunisation"

The National Health and Medical Research Council and the NSW Health Department advise that homeopathic "vaccination" is not considered protection against infectious disease.  Children who receive homeopathic "immunisation" are considered unvaccinated. They will therefore be excluded from school during outbreaks of infectious diseases as determined by the Public Health Unit.

The following health professionals can issue a Vaccination Certificate:

  • Doctor (General Practitioner)
  • Senior Health Surveyor of the Local Council
  • Medical Officer of Health of the local Public Health Unit
  • Community Health Staff

In NSW records of vaccination are kept in the Blue Book (the NSW HEALTH Department’s Personal Health Record) or documentation provided on GP or local council letterhead is considered acceptable written proof of vaccination status.  The Health Department recommends the following childhood vaccination schedule for under five year old children:

AGE VACCINE PROTECTS AGAINST
2 months Triple Antigen (DTP) Diphtheria, tetanus & whooping Polio myelitis
  Haemophilus influenza (Hib) vaccine Haemophilus influenza
4 months 2nd Triple Antigen as above
  2nd Hib vaccine as above
6 months 3rd Triple Antigen as above
  3rd Hib vaccine as above
12 months Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) Measles, mumps and rubella
18 months Booster Triple Antigen as above
  Booster Hib vaccine as above
5 years Booster Triple Antigen as above

Please Note: While vaccinations do not guarantee against getting the disease, vaccinations against Chicken Pox does not immunise but is designed to only reduce the symptoms.

Sickness

While regular attendance is important and desirable for each child there is no advantage in sending a sick child to school and it also places the whole school community at greater risk.  Please note the necessary time periods required and do not send your child to school if any of the following conditions exist:

  • above normal temperature (child should be at normal temperature without medication for 24 hours before returning).
  • rash
  • vomiting or diarrhoea- child cannot return to school until he/she is free from symptoms after returning to a normal diet for 24 hours 
  • conjunctivitis (exclude until discharge from eyes has ceased)
  • sore throat or persistent cough
  • fresh cold with a profuse, cloudy discharge from the nose
  • child not well enough to play outside
  • impetigo (school sores) exclude until  sores have sealed over and remain covered
  • ringworm (tinea) exclude until day after treatment is started
  • scabies exclude until day after treatment is started
  • pediculosis (head lice) exclude until day after treatment is started and all eggs are removed
  • trachoma exclude until day after treatment is started
  • any type of contagious disease for the period specified by the Dept of Health.

In the event of an outbreak of the vaccine-preventable diseases e.g. diphtheria, whooping cough, measles, mumps, influenza etc. children who have not been vaccinated for that disease will be excluded from attending the school until the risk has passed according to Health Regulations.

Should a child suffer a chronic condition (e.g. asthma) symptoms related to this condition should be discussed with the child’s directress.

Parents are requested to advise the school promptly when your child will be absent and notify the school if your child contracts a contagious disease so that parents of other children can be advised of possible exposure and members of the school community who may be at special risk e.g. pregnant, can be notified.

Should a child become ill during the course of the day or arrive too ill to participate in the daily activities, the parent will be notified and be required to take the child home. In the event a parent cannot be notified, a person on the emergency list will be called.

Medication

If your child is taking prescription medicines you must give the staff written permission to administer the medication.  The written permission must accompany the original prescription bottle and must include specific instructions as well as the prescribing doctor. Medication forms are available to be filled out in reception and can only be signed by a parent.

These guidelines are set for the health and safety of the children and staff and also for the smooth operation of the school.

A copy of "Staying Healthy in Childcare – Preventing Infectious Diseases in Childcare" is available for parent's information from the National Health and Medical Research Council website http://www.nhmrc.gov.au