Health and Safety of our children

Allergies & Anaphylaxis

Merri CCC & K is committed to supporting any child with a known Allergy & Anaphylaxis.

As per the Educational Care and Services National Regulation 2012 and Educational and Care Services National Law Act 2010 all parents/guardians must inform Merri Educators upon enrolment of their child/ren’s existing/new diagnosis of allergy or Anaphylaxis action plan . As required, all parents must provide an EpiPen/Anapen that is clearly labelled and up to date, for use in the case of an anaphylactic reaction.

Merri recognises that all Educators are responsible for the child/ren at risk of allergic reactions or anaphylaxis therefore are trained in:

  • Identifying the preventative measures that minimise the risk of an allergic/anaphylactic reaction
  • Recognising the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction/anaphylaxis
  • In an emergency administer treatment including zyrtec and the use of an EpiPen and/or Anapen as per Action Plan

Asthma Management 

Merri CCC & K is committed to supporting any child with Asthma.

As per the Educational Care and Services National Regulation 2012 and Educational and Care Services National Law Act 2010 all parents/guardians must inform Merri Educators upon enrolment of their child/ren’s existing/new diagnosis of Asthma.   As required, all parents must provide an Ventolin/Asmol  that is clearly labelled and up to date, for use in the case of an emergency.

Merri recognises that all Educators are responsible for the child/ren at Asthma and therefore are traine

  • Identifying the preventative measures that minimise the risk of an Asthmatic reaction
  • Recognising the signs and symptoms of an Asthmatic reaction
  • In an emergency administer treatment as per child’s Action Plan

Diabetes

We recognise that children with diabetes can do everything their peers do but may need:

  • special consideration
  • extra supervision
  • extra toilet privileges
  • to eat at additional times, especially before or during sport
  • extra consideration if unwell
  • special provisions for privacy, if testing blood glucose levels and injecting insulin at childcare/kindergarten.

It is our responsibility, together with parents, carers and relevant medical practioners, to develop individual Management and Emergency Treatment Plans for each affected child, incorporating medical recommendations and other relevant considerations. This should be attached to the child’s records.  It will also be made available to all staff who care for and educate the child.

Dental Hygiene 

Children at Merri CCC & K are introduced to dental management practices from the age of two onwards. After lunch, children practice brushing their teeth with and without toothpaste. We also promote the pre-school dental service, as it offers a comprehensive preventative dental health program for all pre-school children living in the Darebin area and all pre-school children attending a kindergarten or child care centre in Darebin. A child’s first dental examination should be carried out around 18 months of age. Examination costs are free, but a cost of $25 per course of treatment for non-health care cardholders applies.