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 

At Merri we are committed to promoting good dental and oral hygiene behaviour in children and families.  Merri also aims to contribute to reducing the incidence of dental caries in children, and to facilitate the prevention and management of dental trauma in children.   Merri also endorses the oral Health principles of the Dental Health Services Victoria:

  • Drinking well
    • Tap water is the preferred drink
    • Avoiding sugary & fizzy drinks as well as fruit juices
    • Choosing plain milk over flavoured
  • Eating well
    • Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods.
    • Enjoying healthy snacks
    • Limiting sugary foods and sweets, especially between meals.
  • Cleaning well-
    • Brushing twice a day (morning and night) with a low fluoride children’s toothpaste
    • Developing good oral hygiene practices at an early age
    • Ensuring children have regular dental check-ups

Refer to the flyers attached for more information and visit www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/toolkits/teeth

Toothbrushes: Toothbrushes will no longer be required at Merri.  Merri’s educators will teach and encourage the children to rinse and rid their mouths of any food particles by using the concept of “Swig, Swish and Swallow” with water. This is outlined in more detail in the following steps:

Step 1 – Swig

Children have a swig of (fluoridated) tap water and hold it in their mouths

Step 2 – Swish

Depending on the age of the child, children either swish the water around in their mouths or swill the water around by shaking their head from side to side or using their cheeks to do so.

Step 3 – Swallow

Children swallow the water. Children can then open their mouths wide, smile and show their happy teeth!

Dental Services

The new Commonwealth Child Dental Benefits Schedule allows for up to $1000* basic dental treatment over a two-year period for eligible 2–17 year olds

  • 2-17 year olds are eligible if they receive Family Tax Benefit A External website icon or other relevant Australian Government payments
  • Treatment is bulk billed through Medicare
  • Eligible children pay $0 – no out of pocket costs
  • No wait list – your child will have the next available appointment

Please contact the

Darebin Community Health Service (PANCH) 300 Bell Street Preston 3072

Phone: 9485 9060 Fax: 9485 9010