Amberley O.S.H.C.

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4.19 Childhood Immunisation Policy

We at Amberley OSHC acknowledge our obligation under the Education and Care Services National Regulation 2011, in ensuring that children are free from risk of harm.  This extends to limiting exposure to health and safety risks that may arise from the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases. Upon enrolment, we at Amberley OSHC shall request parents/guardians to provide their child’s immunisation history statement, in order to determine if enrolment and subsequent attendance will be accepted.

Parents/guardians of currently enrolled children at Amberley OSHC are required to have their immunisation information forwarded to the administration staff at Amberley OSHC within a reasonable time frame (approximately 2 months) to ensure their child/children’s information remains current.

Relevant Laws and other Provisions

The laws and other provisions affecting this policy include:

  • Education and Care Services National Law Act, 2010 and Regulations 2011
  • Public Health Act 2005 (QLD)
  • A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
  • Duty of Care
  • NQS Area: 1.1.5; 2.1.1, 2.1.3, 2.1.4, 2.3.2; 4.2.1; 6.1.1, 6.1.3; 7.3.1, 7.3.2, 7.3.5.
  • Policies: 2 – Infectious Diseases, 4.4 – Preventative Health and Wellbeing, 4.14 – Infectious Diseases Response Strategy, 9.2 – Enrolment, 9.3 – Communication with Families, 10.8 – Information Handling (Privacy and Confidentiality), 10.9 – Risk Management and Compliance.

Procedures

Through the enrolment procedures at Amberley OSHC, parents/guardians will be requested to provide a copy of their child’s immunisation history statement.  The service will allow a reasonable timeframe (of up to 2 weeks) for the parent/guardian to provide their child’s immunisation history statement.

Parents/guardians of currently enrolled children at Amberley OSHC will need to provide their child/children’s immunisation information within the reasonable time frame of two months, to the administration staff at Amberley OSHC.

Information will be provided to families, including through the service Family Handbook, about the potential consequences for their child’s enrolment or attendance, if their child’s immunisation status is deemed ‘not up to date’ (i.e. Vulnerable children).

Amberley OSHC will establish risk management procedures relating to monitoring and managing the spread of vaccine preventable diseases at the service.  Procedures may include:

  • Identifying vaccine preventable diseases as part of the enrolment form; and
  • Appropriate signage for families regarding infectious disease outbreak; and
  • Limiting attendance for vulnerable children during times of infectious disease outbreak (if enrolment has been accepted).

 Vulnerable Children

For child/children who do not have a current immunisation history statement on file, their immunisation status will be considered ‘unknown’ or ‘not up-to-date’, until such time as the correct immunisation documentation is provided.

If the parent/guardian does not provide the child’s immunisation history statement within the reasonable timeframe allowed, the child’s enrolment may be:

  • Refused or cancelled; or
  • Accepted, with attendance refused until proof of up-to-date immunisation status is provided; or
  • Accepted, with specific conditions in place.

Specific conditions may include restricting care during an outbreak of infectious disease at the service.

Families of vulnerable children whose enrolments have been accepted (with or without conditions) will not be eligible for Child Care Benefit (CCB) or Child Care Rebate (CCR) subsidies.

Medical Contraindication

Enrolment and/or attendance at Amberley OSHC for a child cannot be refused on the basis of their immunisation status if they have a medical contraindication to some or all scheduled vaccines.  Whilst not technically vaccinated, these children are still classified as having an ‘up-to-date’ immunisation status and this should be indicated on their immunisation history statement.

Conscientious Objection

Children of families who have recorded a conscientious objection to vaccination through the ‘Australian Childhood Immunisation Register’ will have their immunisation status registered as ‘not up-to-date’.  Acceptance or refusal of enrolment at Amberley OSHC will be as per the procedures of this policy relating to vulnerable children.

New Policy 29 January2016


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