We inform parents if there is a contagious disease in a childcare centre. We do this, for example, by sending a message to the groups and/or in a message in the Parent app. If an unusual number of children have the same infectious disease, we will consult the GGD (Dutch Public Health Service) about possible further steps. In turn, we expect parents to always inform us about infectious diseases within their family. Even if the child is not yet sick.
Some infectious diseases can make you very sick and leave you with serious complications. This is why almost all children in the Netherlands are vaccinated against 12 infectious diseases as part of the National Vaccination Programme. When lots of children are vaccinated against a certain infectious disease, this disease will be less common. Children who have not, or have not yet been vaccinated, then also have a reduced risk. They are, as it were, protected by the group of vaccinated children. This is why it is important that as many children as possible are vaccinated.
Most children at Up have been vaccinated. There are parents who decide not to have their child vaccinated. We accept this as long as the GGD (Dutch Public Health Service) has no objections. During the intake we ask parents if they intend to follow the National Vaccination Programme. We keep this information in the child’s file, which is personal and confidential. For this reason, we do not communicate vaccination coverage. We check the vaccinations every year during the annual parents’ meeting. If there are more than three unvaccinated children per group, we consult the Infectious Disease Control Department of the GGD.