Child Care News for Parents July 30, 2014 -®
Child Care News for Parents & Carers
July 30, 2014
This week learn about the rampant discrimination in Australian workplaces making life for many working parents pretty miserable at times. Also are you guilty of sending your kid to care too soon after a vomit bug? Read our article for the official exclusion periods.
The gloomy truth facing new parents
One in two mums experience workplace discrimination while they are pregnant, on parental leave or when they return to work according to a landmark report by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).

No gasps of shock at that unsurprising statistic eh…?

Many of you probably suspected this or had first hand evidence of the fact that in this country working while pregnant is, according to the Human Rights Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick, "considered by many workplaces a privilege and not a right."

More than a quarter (27 per cent) of the fathers and partners interviewed for the report had also experienced discrimination during pregnancy, leave or after returning to work.

The report proved conclusively that the consequences of this discrimination can be devastating for people by affecting their physical and mental wellbeing as well as that of their family and by jeopardising their economic stability.
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Vomiting, diarrhoea & the 48 hour rule

Know when your child can be excluded from child care

Most schools and preschools now have a 48-hour quarantine for vomiting, diarrhoea and some other infectious diseases.

This means that if your child vomits at child care, he or she will be sent home and may not go back for 48 hours until the virus has passed and is unlikely to bring the entire place into a mass of vomiting children.

It can be extremely frustrating when you're a working parent and you need to get back to work. Most children have the odd vomit or upset stomach - either from over-eating, nerves, over-heating or for absolutely no particular reason. There is usually absolutely nothing wrong with them at all.

However, vomiting and diarrhoea are also symptoms of some very infectious diseases, the spread which can be reduced by excluding the infectious child from contact with others who are at risk of catching the infection.

The following are recommended minimum periods of exclusion from school, preschool and child care centres for cases of, and contact with, infectious diseases, based on guidelines issued by the National Health and Medical Research Council in December 2005 and the ninth edition of the Australian Immunisation Handbook.
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