At Little Inspirations we want happy children and parents. Here you’ll find useful information regarding our policies and procedures for nursery safeguarding, as well as Parent Handbooks and Contracts available for download.

Holidays

Little Inspirations is open for 51 weeks of the year, and is closed on all bank holidays, half day Christmas Eve and one week over the Christmas holiday. No fees will be charged for these closures.

We would appreciate parents giving as much notice as possible for holidays, as this helps in the planning of rotas and the smooth running of the nursery. All absences must be paid for.

Exclusion Periods

If your child is ill we require a minimum period of exclusion from our nurseries, determined by the type of illness.

Rashes and Skin InfectionsMinimum Exclusion PeriodComments
Athletes footNoneAthlete's foot is not a serious condition, however treatment is recommended.
AntibioticsFirst 2 days at home
Temperature (anything over 37.5 c)24 hours after temperature subsides
Chickenpox7 days from appearance of rash (spots must be dry)Vulnerable children - some medical conditions make children more vulnerable to infections that would rarely be serious to most children, the nursery will be made aware of children who are vulnerable. We need to be informed immediately of medical conditions such as chickenpox or measles from parents/carers.
Female staff - Pregnancy - Chickenpox can affect the pregnancy if a woman has not already had the infection. Please report any suspicion of chickenpox, measles or German measles to the setting so that they can contact their midwife or doctor.
Cold sores(herpes simplex)NoneAvoid kissing and contact with sores. Cold sores are generally mild.
German measles (rubella)6 days from onset of rashPreventable by immunisation.
Vulnerable children - some medical conditions make children more vulnerable to infections that would rarely be serious to most children, the nursery will be made aware of children who are vulnerable. We need to be informed immediately of medical conditions such as chickenpox or measles from parents/carers.
Female staff - Pregnancy - Chickenpox can affect the pregnancy if a woman has not already had the infection. Please report any suspicion of chickenpox, measles or German measles to the setting so that they can contact their midwife or doctor.
Hand, foot and mouthUntil blister clear and healedContact local Health protection unit if a large amount of children are affected
ImeptigoUntil lesions have crusted and healed or 48 hours after commencing antibioticsAntibiotic treatment speeds healing and reduces the infection period.
Measles7 days from the appearance of the rashPreventable by vaccination
Molluscum contagiosumNoneA self-limiting Condition
RingwormExclusions not usually requiredTreatment is required
Roseola (infantum)None
ScabiesChild can return after first treatmentHousehold and close contacts require treatment.
Scarlet feverChild can return 48 hours after commencing antibiotic treatmentAntibiotic treatment is required, this is a notifiable disease
Slapped cheek/fifth disease, Parvovirus B19NoneVulnerable children - some medical conditions make children more vulnerable to infections that would rarely be serious to most children, the nursery will be made aware of children who are vulnerable. We need to be informed immediately of medical conditions such as chickenpox or measles from parents/carers.
Female staff - Pregnancy - Chickenpox can affect the pregnancy if a woman has not already had the infection. Please report any suspicion of chickenpox, measles or German measles to the setting so that they can contact their midwife or doctor.
ShinglesExclusion will apply if rash is weepingCan cause chickenpox in those who are not immune i.e. have not had chickenpox. It is spread by very close contact and touch.
Warts and verrucaeNoneVerrucae should only be covered in swimming pools, gyms and changing rooms
Diarrhoea and vomitingMinimum Exclusion PeriodComments
Diarrhoea and/or vomiting48 hours from last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting
E. coli 0157 VTECExcluded for 48 hours from last episode of diarrhoeaFurther exclusion may be required for very young children under fives and those who have difficulty in adhering to hygiene practices
Typhoid feverUntil declared fit by the doctor
Respiratory InfectionsMinimum Exclusion PeriodComments
Flu (influenza)Until recovered
TuberculosisUntil declared fit by the doctorContact your local health protection unit
Whooping cough5 days from the starting of antibiotics or 21 days of onset of illness if no antibiotics are given.Preventable by vaccination. After treatment non infection cough may continue for several weeks
Other InfectionsMinimum Exclusion PeriodComments
Bacterial ConjunctivitisIf prescribed with antibiotics follow the exclusion for antibioticsIf an outbreak or cluster occurs, contact the local Health protection unit
Viral conjunctivitis14 days from the start of symptomsIf prescribed with antibiotics follow the exclusion for antibiotics
DiptheriaExclusion is essential, always consult with your local HPUFamily contacts must be excluded until cleared to return by local HPU.
Preventable by vaccine
Glandular feverNone
Hepatitis AExclude 7 days after onset of jaundice (or 7 days after symptoms onset if no jaundice)If an outbreak of Hepatitis A, the local HPU will advise on control measures
Meningococcal meningitis/septicaemiaUntil recoveredMeningitis C is preventable by vaccination, there is no reasons to exclude siblings or others in close contact of the case. Your local HPU will advise of any action needed
Meningitis viralUntil recoveredHib and pneumococcal meningitis are preventable by vaccination. There is no need to exclude siblings or other close contacts of the case
MRSANoneGood hygiene, in particular hand washing and environmental cleaning are important to minimise any danger of spread. If any further information is required, contact your local HPU
MumpsUntil swelling has subsided, not before 7 days of onset of swellingPreventable by vaccination
ThreadwormsNoneTreatment is recommended for the child and those in the household
TonsillitisNoneThere are many causes, but most cases are due to viruses and do not need antibiotics

This information has been taken from the Guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings by the health protection agency.

Useful Downloads for Parents

Policies & Procedures

All of our Little Inspirations nurseries follow policies and procedures to ensure good practice is maintained at all times. These are available here for download or on request at any time.

Health and Safety Policy (PDF)
Child Protection / Nursery Safeguarding Children Policy (PDF)
Additional Needs Policy (PDF)
Equal Opportunities Policy (PDF)
Confidentiality Policy (PDF)
Data Protection Policy (PDF)
Working in Partnership with Parents and Carers (PDF)
Complaints Policy (PDF)

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If you have any other queries please don’t hesitate to contact us.