Management of infectious disease in childcare facilities and other childcare settings

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/302983
Title:
Management of infectious disease in childcare facilities and other childcare settings
Authors:
Preschool and Childcare Facility Subcommittee
Affiliation:
Health Service Executive (HSE)
Publisher:
Health Protection Surveillance Centre
Issue Date:
2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/302983
Item Type:
Report
Language:
en
Description:
Chapter 1. Introduction In a country such as Ireland, with a young population, and many households with two working parents, childcare has a pivotal role in helping to maintain our economy. It is in the interests of everyone to ensure that facilities providing childcare in loco parentis are operated in the safest and most effective manner possible. Infections are common in children and can occasionally result in illness in a child or outbreaks of illness in groups of children. When living at home, children will have contact with a limited number of people from whom they may contract an infection. When children are placed in a childcare 1 setting they come into contact with far greater numbers of other children than might otherwise be possible, providing greater opportunity to be exposed to a range of infections. It will never be possible to prevent all infectious disease in children in childcare settings, but we know how to reduce appreciably the risk; strict observance of simple hygiene measures known as standard precautions, vaccination against certain diseases, and exclusion of symptomatic children and staff. 2 This guidance is intended to provide simple and effective strategies for prevention of infectious diseases in childcare and to be a reference source regarding the prevention and control of infection in pre-school childcare settings. It is intended to be used by anyone operating childcare facilities in Ireland. Those who operate such facilities have a duty of care and the strategies outlined in this document will assist in protecting children and staff from infection and preventing onward transmission to families of children and staff. This guidance document builds on important guidance produced in the past. Guidance and information is available online on the management of a range of conditions and diseases including childhood vaccine preventable diseases, from the website of Health Protection Surveillance Centre at http://www.hpsc.ie/hpsc/TopicsA-Z/ . National guidance on the management of infectious disease in school children has been published by the Department of Health and Children. 3 There is a considerable body of legislation in this area. Legislation relevant to childcare and infectious diseases can be found in Appendix A. To facilitate accessing this legislation, it has been hyperlinked, largely to the relevant sections in the electronic Irish Statute Book, available at http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/home.html
Keywords:
CHILD CARE; CHILD HEALTH; COMMUNICABLE DISEASE; INFECTION CONTROL

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorPreschool and Childcare Facility Subcommitteeen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-08T11:07:00Z-
dc.date.available2013-10-08T11:07:00Z-
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/302983-
dc.descriptionChapter 1. Introduction In a country such as Ireland, with a young population, and many households with two working parents, childcare has a pivotal role in helping to maintain our economy. It is in the interests of everyone to ensure that facilities providing childcare in loco parentis are operated in the safest and most effective manner possible. Infections are common in children and can occasionally result in illness in a child or outbreaks of illness in groups of children. When living at home, children will have contact with a limited number of people from whom they may contract an infection. When children are placed in a childcare 1 setting they come into contact with far greater numbers of other children than might otherwise be possible, providing greater opportunity to be exposed to a range of infections. It will never be possible to prevent all infectious disease in children in childcare settings, but we know how to reduce appreciably the risk; strict observance of simple hygiene measures known as standard precautions, vaccination against certain diseases, and exclusion of symptomatic children and staff. 2 This guidance is intended to provide simple and effective strategies for prevention of infectious diseases in childcare and to be a reference source regarding the prevention and control of infection in pre-school childcare settings. It is intended to be used by anyone operating childcare facilities in Ireland. Those who operate such facilities have a duty of care and the strategies outlined in this document will assist in protecting children and staff from infection and preventing onward transmission to families of children and staff. This guidance document builds on important guidance produced in the past. Guidance and information is available online on the management of a range of conditions and diseases including childhood vaccine preventable diseases, from the website of Health Protection Surveillance Centre at http://www.hpsc.ie/hpsc/TopicsA-Z/ . National guidance on the management of infectious disease in school children has been published by the Department of Health and Children. 3 There is a considerable body of legislation in this area. Legislation relevant to childcare and infectious diseases can be found in Appendix A. To facilitate accessing this legislation, it has been hyperlinked, largely to the relevant sections in the electronic Irish Statute Book, available at http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/home.htmlen_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherHealth Protection Surveillance Centreen_GB
dc.subjectCHILD CAREen_GB
dc.subjectCHILD HEALTHen_GB
dc.subjectCOMMUNICABLE DISEASEen_GB
dc.subjectINFECTION CONTROLen_GB
dc.titleManagement of infectious disease in childcare facilities and other childcare settingsen_GB
dc.typeReporten
dc.contributor.departmentHealth Service Executive (HSE)en_GB
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