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Nursery policy on Coronavirus
Starfish75 · 16/03/2020 10:42
My 3 year old DD has just been sent home as she had a temperature of 37.8. This is due to ear infection which she gets pretty frequently rather than being ill as such. She was fine at pick up and running round as happy as Larry with the other children. However nursery have implemented a new policy that if any any child has a temperature they need to be isolated for 7 days. This means I won’t be able to work now for the rest of the week. I’m questuoning whether nursery is right in doing this? Shouldn’t high temperature not apply to everyone, staff and children then? And shouldn’t my child have been in isolation if potential risk of spreading Coronavirus? It’s all so unclear at the moment as I feel nursery is making up its own policies. AIBU in thinking they are taking the Mickey as it’s costing me over £270 per week.
Starfish75 · 17/03/2020 15:22
Yes I saw that!
Since my dd had a temperature on Monday, she has not had a spike in temperature again. I managed to get her antibiotcs on the day and so far she has been fine in herself.
I am not against the advice given but it does feel too broad. People can have a temperature for a number of reasons and it may subside very quickly as was the case for my DD. No temperature when I picked her up and she didn’t feel hot to touch on chest or back, 15 mins after the call.
In other govt guidelines, I am reading “persistent fever and persistent cough” which was not present in her case but how long does persistent mean?
I feel like this blanket rule is taken too literally. I can understand people are panicking but they should also exert some common sense and use the knowledge they have of the child. My child’s ear infections are known to them.
I know I will get slated for thinking like this
Tatty101 · 17/03/2020 15:29
Except people can have no symptoms and still have the virus. Your child may just have an ear infection or she may have the virus too and be spreading it to all the other children who could have vulnerable people in their family.
Please follow the guidance - it applies to everyone including you and your child.
Escapetab · 17/03/2020 17:02
You could have it and be asymptomatic. Anyway, it's not that they think everyone with those symptoms has it, it's just the closest they can get to a reasonable marker. "Self-isolate for 14 days if you have a fever and a gut feeling that you have coronavirus" wouldn't be a helpful guideline. It's not fever AND cough btw, either symptom needs isolation. Being in the vulnerable group you must be stressed but try not to worry, it sounds like it isn't coronavirus, if you know it's something else, and though you should still follow guidelines just in case, for the sake of others in the community, hopefully you won't develop any symptoms yourself.
Starfish75 · 18/03/2020 10:59
I have another question if anyone can help. Should the nursery refund or credit me with the now 14 days (or 13 days as she had the temp one day) govt policy states that you need to isolate for?
My nursery seem to have extended the govt policy as if it was their sick policy and think they can charge me for it. It seems wrong. With this length of time, I am almost £600 out of pocket.
Starfish75 · 18/03/2020 12:02
I guess it will be same for me as we have to pay all year round anyway if nursery is open. Not sure what happens if nursery asked to close by govt. they did suggest we would pay as normal though which sounds wrong 🙁
Also 14 days is for confirmed case, 7 days otherwise.
Babybel90 · 18/03/2020 12:07
I haven’t seen that it’s 7 days anywhere, it’s now 14 days for everyone in the household of one person had a fever or a cough.
I’d hardly call a temp of 39 for 10 minutes a fever but we’ve had a call and an email confirming she can’t come back for 14 days. Luckily (or not) I was already off sick for 2 weeks with something else anyway so I’ll get paid, and DH can work from home, but he hates it because he can’t do everything so he’ll have a lot to do when he can go back to the office and I won’t recover as well as if I was on my own resting rather than entertaining a toddler.
TheTiaraManager · 18/03/2020 12:20
@Starfish we have self-isolated, however I'm already demented and it's day 1! Really cold and rained constantly so DC are indoors, watched a movie and played lots but wishing they could be in the garden to break it up. Hopefully tomorrow will be a bit less dull. They already do a lot of arts & crafts/reading/jigsaws so many of the ideas out there to do we do daily after nursery
Starfish75 · 18/03/2020 16:36
This is the govt link on ending isolation which is why I think 7 days because there’s been no symptoms of fever or cough or temperature spike again since the first one - so far anyhow - as still only into day 3. And the rest of the family have had no symptoms develop yet either (fingers crossed it stays that way) - www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection#ending-isolation
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