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Our playgroup promotes a healthy lifestyle and a high standard of hygiene in its day to day work with children and adults. This is achieved in the following ways.


  • All snacks provided will be nutritious and pay attention to children's particular dietary requirements.
  • When cooking with children as an activity, the adults will provide healthy, wholesome food, promoting and extending the children's understanding of a healthy diet.



  • Parents are asked to keep their children at home if they have any illness however mild, and to
    inform the playgroup as to the nature of the illness so that the pre-school can alert other
    parents as necessary and make careful observations of any child who seems unwell.
  • Children with high temperatures, sickness and diarrhoea should not be at
  • Parents are asked not to bring into the playgroup any child who has been vomiting or had diarrhoea until at least 48 hours has elapsed since the last attack.
  • Cuts or open sores, whether on adults or children, will be covered with sticking plaster or other dressing.
  • If your child needs to have regular medication please talk to a member of staff a form will need to be completed for us to administer prescribed medication.
  • With regard to the administration of life saving medication such as insulin/adrenalin
    injections or the use of nebulisers, the position will be clarified by reference to the playgroup's
    insurance company. If specialist knowledge is required, staff involved in administering medication will receive training from a qualified health professional.
  • The playgroup will ensure that the first aid equipment is kept clean, replenished and replaced
    as necessary. Sterile items will be kept sealed in their packages until needed.
  • There will always be on the premises at least one qualified first aider trained to
    administer first aid to children.

Information Sources:

Parents will have the opportunity to discuss health issues with nursery staff and will have
access to information available to the playgroup. The playgroup will maintain links with health
visitors and gather health information and advice from the local health authority information
services and other health agencies when necessary.


The department of education and science and the department of health and social
security has issued a memorandum on the control of infectious disease in schools. The
recommended period of exclusion is shown in the following table.

Incubation & Exclusion Period Of The Commoner Communicable Diseases:
Disease Normal incubation Period (In days) Period When Infectious Minimum Period Of Exclusion
Chicken Pox 11-12 Days From 1 day before to 6 days after appearance of rash. 6 days from onset of rash
German Measles (Rubella) 14-21 Days From a few days before to 4 days after onset of rash 4 days from onset of rash

10-15 Days

From a few days before to 5 days after onset of rash 7 days from onset of rash
Mumps 12-26 (Commonly 18) From a few days before onset symptoms to subsidence of swelling Until swelling has subsided
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) 7-10 Days From 7 days exposure to 21 days after paroxysmal cough 21 days from onset of paroxysmal cough
Commoner Skin Infections:

Impetigo - Until spots have healed unless lesions can be covered.
Pediculosis - Until treatment is received.
Scabies - Until adequate treatment instituted.
Diarrhoea and sickness - 48 hours after last symptom occurs.
Diarrhoea and/or sickness - 48 hours after last symptom occurs.


There are no set periods for exclusions with conjunctivitis as there are many different
forms of this condition. Scallywags would like parents/carers to keep any child with this
condition away from the group until the discharge from the eyes has cleared.


The safety of young children is of paramount importance. In order to ensure the safety of
both children and adults, the playgroup will ensure safety in the following areas.



  • Safety checks will be made of premises before each session.
  • If the main entrance has to be locked, there will be a key close by at adult level.
  • Any low-level glass will be covered, or safety glass used.
  • Outdoor areas will be securely fenced.
  • Any public space used for outdoor play will be checked for litter and other dangers.
  • Equipment will be checked on a regular basis and any dangerous items repaired or discarded.
  • The layout of the setting will allow safe and free movement between activities.
  • Adequate systems for the detection and control of fire will be in place.
  • Fire exits will be easily identifiable and never obstructed.
  • All heaters, electric points, wires and leads will be adequately guarded.
  • Records will be kept of fire drills, servicing of fire safety equipment and checks made by the fire safety officer. Any recommendations by the fire safety officer will be carried out.
  • All dangerous materials, including medicines and cleaning materials, will be stored in a locked cupboard.
  • Large equipment will be erected with care and checked regularly.
  • All equipment used by children will be developmentally appropriate.



  • All children will be supervised by adults at all times. A maximum of 28 children can be looked after at the playgroup at the present moment.
  • Children will only leave the group with an authorized adult.
  • Children will have no unsupervised access to kitchens, cookers or cupboards containing dangerous materials.
  • On any outing the adult:child ratio will be at least one to two.
  • If a small group leaves the setting, there will be sufficient adults to maintain appropriate ratios of adults and children remaining on the premises.
  • Adult/child ratio for a group of 24 children is 1 to 4, aged 2 To 3 years, 1 to 8 aged 3 To 5 years
  • Children who are sleeping will be checked regularly.


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