Describe the process for reporting notifiable diseases

Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 1.5: Understand how to support children who are unwell
Learning outcome: Understand legal requirements for reporting notifiable diseases
Assessment criteria: Describe the process for reporting notifiable diseases

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Early Years settings are responsible for reporting any occurrences of notifiable diseases within their setting. These reports are called Notifications of Infectious Diseases (NOIDs), and the list of diseases that must be reported can be found here.

Notifiable diseases should be reported by Early Years settings to both OFSTED and their local Health Protection Agency (HPA).

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This process will be documented in your organisation’s policies and procedures, so you should know how your own setting manages this. For example, if you become aware that a child in your setting has a notifiable disease, you may be required to pass this information on to your supervisor, who will notify the relevant agencies.

It is important to maintain confidentiality, where possible, and follow any advice provided by the HPS.

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