Staying Healthy at Nursery – Flu Update
At Childbase we take the health of our children and staff extremely seriously and with the recent outbreak of seasonal flu, including the swine flu virus, we are being extra vigilant across all our nurseries. We are following professional advice on how to deal with any potential flu outbreaks. This includes our nursery practitioners being aware and looking out for the warning signs of illness and putting preventative precautions in place within each of our settings.
All children within our care are educated by our nursery practitioners to follow the Government's health campaign advice of 'Catch It, Bin It, Kill It.' This includes encouraging, supporting and helping children with regular hand washing, teaching them to cover their mouths when they cough and disposing of their tissues hygienically. In addition to this we are following the advice of our environmental health company, Perry Scott Nash, and making sure that all hard surfaces and hand contact points are cleaned daily with appropriate cleaner and that antibacterial soap and alcohol gel is available at all times.
As with all illnesses the best way to avoid outbreaks at nurseries and schools is to ensure that children displaying the symptoms of flu are kept at home to help reduce the risk of infection to others.
If you suspect that your child may have flu it is important that they stay at home and their symptoms are reported to their GP or local health care provider as soon as possible. The most significant symptoms of flu are the sudden onset of:
- Cough or shortness of breath
- Other symptoms may include:
- Aching muscles
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Loss of appetite
For a comprehensive list of symptoms and how to treat a child with flu, please call NHS Direct (England) 0845 46 47, Swine Flu Helpline 0800 1 513 513 or visit the website www.nhs.uk
Parents are also welcome to speak to their child's nursery manager about any concerns or questions they have about the nursery's policy on flu and dealing with children who present symptoms commonly associated with the flu virus.