Medical Condition Policy

Brayside Preschool Medical Condition Policy

Introduction

Our medical condition policy demonstrates that the health and safety of children in our preschool is the responsibility of all approved providers, educators and parents/guardians. It is essential that all known medical conditions that a child has be recorded at enrolment to ensure that the care providers are aware of any specific health care need, allergy or other relevant medical need. Educators must be aware of each child’s medical condition and the individual action medical plan to be followed in the event of a medical episode.

Goals

Our preschool will:

  • Develop program goals that promote the health and wellbeing of each child
  • Establish procedures and practice that minimize the risk of harm to children
  • Maintain communication with families to ensure that they inform the preschool of any changes to their child’s health and medical conditions
  • To develop with families and their GP a medical condition action plan that will be carried out in the event of a medical episode
  • All educators will be aware of each child’s medical condition, action plan and be able to implement the steps of the plan

Strategies

  • Families will be made aware of the Medical Conditions Section within the Enrolment Form and their responsibility to fill out the required section
  • If a child presents with a known medical condition they will be required to bring in a Medical Action Plan from their GP with any required medication/instructions to be given should the child experience a medical emergency while attending our preschool
  • All educators will be notified of each child, their medical condition and plan
  • Only educators who have a current First Aid Certificate will be allowed to administer required medication

The nominated supervisor will make certain that all staff have access to the Regulations and Law and are aware of their responsibilities under these ensuring that knowledge of medical conditions and Medical Action Plans are known and occurs as part of the staff induction or orientation to the preschool and that position descriptions reflect this responsibility.

Procedures for Unknown Allergic Responses in a child:

Mild to moderate allergic reaction

Recognise possible signs and symptoms:

  • Swelling/tingling of lips, face, eyes
  • Hives or welts
  • Abdominal pain, vomiting
  • Itchy palms

Action

  • Stay with the child and call for assistance
  • If asthmatic – give Ventolin
  • Use ice to reduce swelling
  • Contact parents
  • Watch for signs of Severe Allergic Reaction, if symptoms worsen or if in doubt, call an ambulance (000)

Severe Allergic Reaction

Recognise possible signs and symptoms:

  • Difficulty/noisy breathing
  • Swelling of tongue
  • Swelling tightness in throat
  • Difficulty talking and/or hoarse voice
  • Wheeze or persistent cough
  • Loss of consciousness and/or collapse
  • Pale and floppy (young Children)

Action

  • Stay with child
  • Call for help
  • Call ambulance, ask for advice, phone parents
  • If difficulty breathing DRABC
  • Sit up to assist breathing
  • Ice pack on swollen throat /face etc
  • Give Ventolin 2 to 4 puffs using a spacer‑ if possible as per asthma management plan

Follow up

  • Complete incident report form
  • Complete medication permission form
  • Notify Children’s Services Advisor at Community Services if the child is taken to hospital
  • Debrief staff and children and organise for counselling if necessary

Find out more

To find out more about our medical conditions policy contact us on (02) 6652 8846 or email us.