Sick Child Policy

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1991) states: “Children have the right to be as healthy as possible, live and play in a safe, healthy, unpolluted environment and benefit from preventive health care and education.”

Statement of Intent:

Small Wonders Childcare is committed to promoting children’s health and to encourage and maintain a safe healthy environment, where children benefit from preventive healthcare and education.


On admission to Small Wonders Childcare parents/guardians are asked to recognize when their child is unwell and not to send their child to Childcare Unit on that day. At this time it is explained to parents/guardians that should their child become ill in the daycare unit, for example, fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargic, eye infections or rash of some description, etc. that it is in the best interest of the child, that the parent/guardian will be called and asked to arrange that their child will be collected as soon as possible. This will allow the child to receive medical help if necessary, or to be cared and comforted in their own home and to reduce or limit any further spread of possible infection. Parents/guardians are asked to recognize our concern for the child and not to expect the daycare unit to put the other children at risk of any possible infection. In the case of diarrhoea Small Wonders Childcare ask that the child be kept at home at least 24 hours after this problem has completely cleared. Where a child does become unwell, the child will be made to feel as comfortable as possible until the parent/guardian arrives to collect the child.

  • Staff will maintain a routine of good hand washing and support children to do the same.
  • Staff will establish a routine of cleanliness and good hygiene practice in all areas.
  • All staff will be provided with regular First Aid training.
  • Contact emergency telephone numbers will be obtained for all children.
  • Parents/guardians will provide a change of clothes for the event of an accident.
  • Parents/guardians will be telephoned immediately if their child is unwell.
  • First Aid Box available in both Childcare Rooms.
  • Emergency Transport Consent Forms will be obtained on all children.
  • The ill child will be cared for in a sensitive and professional manner.
  • Staff will reassure and explain to the group any fear or concern they may have about the ill child.


Shankill Women's Centre funded by the EU