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 care routines when a child is ill
Assessment criteria: Explain procedures which are followed when a child is taken ill in a setting
When a child is taken ill in an Early Years setting, a number of procedures need to be followed to ensure that the child receives the best possible care. Of course, the specific processes will vary between organisations, so you will need to be familiar with those of your own organisation. However, a general procedure has been provided below.
Firstly, if it is deemed necessary, professional medical intervention should be sought as soon as possible, and practitioners should follow their instructions.
If the child is ill but does not need professional medical assistance, the child should be moved to a comfortable area away from other children. This reduces the risk of other children becoming infected. Then, practitioners will call the child’s parents or carers to come and collect them.
It is important to show sensitivity and reassurance to the child throughout this process to minimise any distress they may feel. Ensuring that the child receives the best possible care is of paramount importance.