Management of infectious disease in childcare facilities and other childcare settings

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/303450
Title:
Management of infectious disease in childcare facilities and other childcare settings
Authors:
Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), Preschool and Childcare Facility Subcommittee
Publisher:
Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC)
Issue Date:
May-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/303450
Item Type:
Report
Language:
en
Description:
HSE Management of Infectious Disease in Childcare Facilities and Other Childcare Settings -3- Foreword Given the extent to which we depend upon formal childcare arrangements in Ireland and the infectiousness of many childhood illnesses, there has never been a greater need for a simple, clear set of guidelines to assist those charged with minding our children in minimising the risk of infectious disease transmission in childcare facilities. This guidance document is based upon latest best evidence and drawn together by experts in the fields of Public Health Medicine, Infection Prevention and Control, Environmental Health and Occupational Medicine. Important information regarding relevant legislation is laid out in Appendix A. The Terms of Reference of the Working Group are laid out in Appendix C. It is important to bear in mind that this document is a series of guidelines and a ready source of advice and is based on best available evidence and consensus recommendations; it is not designed to be a series of standards against which performance is to be audited. It is intended that this guidance would be adhered to as far as is reasonably practicable. In addition, there is a wealth of legislation governing the safe management of childcare facilities. It is the duty of managers of such facilities to ensure they are familiar, and compliant with all relevant legislation. It is hoped that this document will provide a useful resource for accessing legislation as it applies to managing the threat of infectious disease in childcare facilities. The opinion of the Subcommittee was that, where possible, childcare staff should be managed, from an occupational health viewpoint, in the same manner as healthcare staff. This, however, may not always be feasible, and so, at a minimum, childcare staff should be managed in a similar manner to staff in any other small-firm occupational setting. The Subcommittee was strongly of the opinion that childcare staff should ensure that they are adequately and appropriately immunised prior to commencement of employment. Likewise, as immunisation is such a powerful public health preventive measure, all children attending a childcare facility should be appropriately immunised
Keywords:
COMMUNICABLE DISEASE; INFECTION CONTROL; CHILD HEALTH

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorHealth Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), Preschool and Childcare Facility Subcommitteeen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-15T09:15:00Z-
dc.date.available2013-10-15T09:15:00Z-
dc.date.issued2012-05-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/303450-
dc.descriptionHSE Management of Infectious Disease in Childcare Facilities and Other Childcare Settings -3- Foreword Given the extent to which we depend upon formal childcare arrangements in Ireland and the infectiousness of many childhood illnesses, there has never been a greater need for a simple, clear set of guidelines to assist those charged with minding our children in minimising the risk of infectious disease transmission in childcare facilities. This guidance document is based upon latest best evidence and drawn together by experts in the fields of Public Health Medicine, Infection Prevention and Control, Environmental Health and Occupational Medicine. Important information regarding relevant legislation is laid out in Appendix A. The Terms of Reference of the Working Group are laid out in Appendix C. It is important to bear in mind that this document is a series of guidelines and a ready source of advice and is based on best available evidence and consensus recommendations; it is not designed to be a series of standards against which performance is to be audited. It is intended that this guidance would be adhered to as far as is reasonably practicable. In addition, there is a wealth of legislation governing the safe management of childcare facilities. It is the duty of managers of such facilities to ensure they are familiar, and compliant with all relevant legislation. It is hoped that this document will provide a useful resource for accessing legislation as it applies to managing the threat of infectious disease in childcare facilities. The opinion of the Subcommittee was that, where possible, childcare staff should be managed, from an occupational health viewpoint, in the same manner as healthcare staff. This, however, may not always be feasible, and so, at a minimum, childcare staff should be managed in a similar manner to staff in any other small-firm occupational setting. The Subcommittee was strongly of the opinion that childcare staff should ensure that they are adequately and appropriately immunised prior to commencement of employment. Likewise, as immunisation is such a powerful public health preventive measure, all children attending a childcare facility should be appropriately immuniseden_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherHealth Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC)en_GB
dc.subjectCOMMUNICABLE DISEASEen_GB
dc.subjectINFECTION CONTROLen_GB
dc.subjectCHILD HEALTHen_GB
dc.titleManagement of infectious disease in childcare facilities and other childcare settingsen_GB
dc.typeReporten
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