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February 2024

Last month we continued our dive into winter. The children enjoyed the snow but it was sooo cold wasn't it? We looked at the importance of dressing up in warm clothes and the importance of hats and gloves.

 We have made bird feeders and fed the ducks at the park. We have looked at our footprints and worked hard to stay stood up on the ice..

.This month we are looking at Valentines day and who loves us. We will be investigating all things heart shaped and making cards to the special people in our lives.

The children have been fascinated with my amaryllis plants which are all growing and flowering. We have also planted some hyacinth bulbs and are watching for signs of new growth.

With this in mind I thought we would begin growing some flowers for our garden.

As usual my planning can be seen on “our current topic

Measles

The number of measles cases is increasing across the country. Measles is a serious illness, with one in five children who get the disease having to be admitted to hospital for treatment, so if you or your child have not had your MMR jab, it is vital you come forward. 

 

 

 There is a new national NHS measles catch up campaign to contact all parents of children aged from six to 11 years contacted encouraging them to make an appointment with their child’s GP practice for their missed MMR vaccine.

 

Having both measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccinations is the best way to protect your child, family and community from measles. MMR vaccination is given at one year of age, and at 3 years 4 months by your GP. If you are unsure if your child has had both vaccinations, please call your GP to confirm or to book an appointment. Older children and adults who have not had two doses of MMR can also ask their GP surgery for a vaccination appointment.

 

The initial symptoms of measles:

< >Resemble a cold with runny nose, cough and a slight fever Eyes become red and sensitive to light As the illness progresses, children may develop: < >A high fever A raised red rash that usually begins on the face and spreads downwards to the neck, trunk, arms, legs and feet Small white spots inside the cheeks and lips For some people, measles can be very serious if it spreads to other parts of the body, such as the lungs and the brain. Problems can include pneumonia, meningitis and seizures (fits).

 

If you think your child may have measles:

1.Call your GP or NHS111 – do not attend your GP practice or any other healthcare setting (e.g. A&E) unless told to do so as measles spreads very easily.

2.Avoid close contact with babies, pregnant women and anyone with a weakened immune system. These people are at increased risk of severe disease from measles. 

3.Stay off nursery, school or college for at least 4 days from when the rash appears.

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Things you can do with your child

One of the most important things you can do as a parent is to give your little one experiences

  • Little one love to be outside, remember there's no such thing as the wrong kind of weather- get wrapped up and go feed the ducks, play pooh sticks and explore muddy puddles.

  • Encourage your little one to be more independent. Can they put on their own coat? how independent are they with toileting? These are things they will be expected to be able to do day one of school.

  • Visit the library.

  • Talk about the weather, feed the birds, and if possible play in the snow.

 

Please remember that Covid is still with us

 We have  to live with Covid and manage it like we manage all other respiratory infections 
If a child has symptoms such as a high temperature or a constant new cough –
**There is no requirement to test.
**The child should stay at home for 3 days.
**They need to be temperature free and well enough to manage the normal daily routines before returning to the setting.
More updated guidance from the Govt about children and Covid-19 here –
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/people-with-symptoms-of-a-respiratory-infection-including-covid-19#Children
 
My policy has not changed.

Please keep your little one at home if you suspect covid or flu.

If I am ill I will have to close my setting which I know will inconvienience everyone.

if I develop covid symptoms, I will test and if positive, close my setting until I test negative.
The NHS guidance states that, ‘Many people will no longer be infectious to others after 5 days and advises us to –
**Try and stay at home for 5 days.
**Avoid contact with others and stay away from busy places.
 
 Please note- to protect all our little ones and myself, I will not accept any children into the setting if there is a positive case within their home - ie a parent or sibling. 

I cannot accept any child into my setting if they are unwell.

POSITIVE CASE WITHIN MY HOUSEHOLD

In the event my displays symptoms, he will isolate upstairs away from anywhere the little ones will be and parents will be informed.

IF YOUR CHILD DISPLAYS SYMPTOMS DURING THE DAY

During the working day if any minded child displays any symptoms of COVID19, I will phone for them to be collected as soon as possible. 

Symptoms of COVID19 

- High temperature

- New continuous cough

- Loss of taste or smell

- Diarrhoea

- Blocked or runny nose

- Aching muscles

- Vomiting

- Long lasting headache

- Sore throat

- Feeling run down, tired and unwell

FEES

I will not charge any parent if a child needs to stay away because of suspected covid. This includes symptoms in a child, parent or myself.

TERMINATION OF CONTRACT

My health policy is there to protect the other children, their families and of course, me and my family. I would rather close to one family than risk the rest of the setting becoming ill (including myself) 

If any parent knowingly sends their ill child to my setting, an immediate termination of contract will be given upon collection of your child.

 

 

 

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EMERGENCY CONTACTS

I am aware that some of your emergency contacts may not be available from time to time, If this is the case, please let me know sooner rather than later and if at all possible lets sort out some alternative emergency contacts.

If you think your child cannot manage the day without calpol, then they need to stay at home, as calpol can mask a temperature. I am more than happy to give prescribed medication if a form is completed first.

Reminders

I aim to get out with the children most days even if it is raining. Please make sure your child has a suitable waterproof and wellies, and as always we will be getting messy!

Thank you for your continued support

Lesley

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