Describe the needs of a child who is ill in relation to: food and drink, personal care, rest and sleep, emotional well-being, dignity and respect, observation and monitoring

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 1.5: Understand how to support children who are unwell
Learning outcome: 5. Understand care routines when a child is ill
Assessment criteria: 5.1 Describe the needs of a child who is ill in relation to: food and drink, personal care, rest and sleep, emotional well-being, dignity and respect, observation and monitoring

  • Food and drink
    • May require softer foods when ill (e.g. if throat is swollen or sore)
    • Although there may be loos of appetite, snacks should be offered regularly
    • Should be encouraged to drink regularly
  • Personal care
    • Encourage and support good hygiene
    • Wash hands regularly
    • Dispose of waste correctly
  • Rest and sleep
    • Children may require more rest and sleep when ill
  • Emotional wellbeing
    • Children may require additional reassurance and comfort
    • Early Years Practitioners should show empathy and compassion – for a child it is scary to be ill
  • Dignity and respect
    • Provide dignity, respect and privacy as you usually would, however be aware that the child may need more help and support
  • Observation and monitoring
    • Children that are ill should be monitored so that any changes in their condition can be managed swiftly
    • Records of a child’s illness andcondition should be recorded and reported back to parents/carers

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