Family Handbook - Keeping your child safe | Goodstart
Infectious diseases and unwell children

This sign was made by a child at the Red Hill Goodstart centre when another child at the centre was sick.

If an infectious disease is suspected or identified, our staff are obligated to act quickly to minimise the risk of transmission:

  • If your child is showing signs of illness or infectious disease while in our care, we will contact you and request that you collect your child.
  • If your child is unwell, we encourage you to make alternative arrangements for their care to ensure he or she is comfortable.
  • Anyone with or displaying the signs of an infectious disease will be excluded from the learning environment for the period recommended by ‘Staying Healthy’2 or until a medical practitioner has provided a clearance letter to state they are no longer infectious and are well enough to return to the program.
  • If your child is suspected of having, or has been confirmed to have an infectious disease, please notify your Centre Director so that appropriate arrangements can be made to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, families and staff members.
  • If there is any infectious disease in the centre, we will let you know promptly (whilst respecting strict confidentiality) by placing a notice in each room detailing the condition, or by personally contacting you.
  • To prevent the spread of infectious diseases, we encourage families to fully immunise their children in accordance with the Department of Health and Ageing National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule. (Please click here to view Policies and Procedures section.)
  • We also encourage everyone who enters or leaves our centres to wash and dry their hands properly.
2. Staying Healthy: Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education & care services (5th Edition).