Help us keep our children healthy

Together with parents, we are responsible for the welfare of children in our care.

Feathers provides a safe and healthy environment. All our teachers hold current first aid certificates and we take care to meet or exceed all government regulations about health and safety.

Some of the steps we take to protect your child’s health are:

  • Keep records of all accidents, medicines, illnesses and maintenance.
  • No pain relief medicines are given to children unless it comes from their parents and is marked with their own name.
  • A cleaner who ensures the centre is clean and tidy for the beginning of each school day.
  • A cook prepares meals in accordance with the New Zealand Ministry of Health guidelines and the Food & Beverage Classification System.
  • Teachers check the grounds at the beginning of each day. Any dangerous items are removed or isolated until they can be repaired or replaced.
  • All teachers monitor their health to ensure that they are fit to work with children.
  • Poisons are kept in teacher only areas.
  • We have first aid kit that is kept replenished.
  • Our first aid kit includes homoeopathic medication for emergencies. Please advise us if you would prefer these were not given to your child.
  • Disposable gloves are used for nappy changing and first aid.
  • Correct cleaning materials are used for specific purposes.
  • All toys are cleaned at least monthly.


We are required to keep an up-to-date list of all children at the centre and their immunisation status. Please remember to bring your Well Child book and a copy of your immunisation certificate with you when you enrol your child at the centre. If your child is not immunised, a letter confirming this needs to be attached to your enrolment form. In the case of an outbreak of the disease in question, your child will be asked to stay away from the centre for the duration of the outbreak.

Advise us on medication

Please advise staff if your child is taking any medication. All medicines must be kept in the kitchen. The medicine book that is kept beside the sign in sheet must be filled in before we can administer any medication. Only medication that has a label stating your child’s name and expiry date will be administered.

Keep sick children home

Any child who is unwell should be kept at home, so illness doesn’t spread through the centre. Senior staff may at their discretion refuse to accept a child deemed unwell enough to attend the centre, as we do not have the specialist staff for sick children. Children with severe coughs or colds, vomiting, diarrhoea, conjunctivitis, rashes or raised temperatures cannot be brought into the centre. If symptoms develop during the day, we will keep your child separate from the others and contact you to arrange for the immediate collection of your child.