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    I have a child in my care who has molosscum contagiusm and I have just found out its highly contagous. I have had her for 7 months and cannot look after her anymore as Im thinking of the other children in my care, anyone had this problem before. I had to phone parent today and say i cant have her anymore, it was awful. She now wants me to take bond round tomorrow and all other things and she will sort something else out. Usually I have a 4 week termination period but as its contagous I will be giving full bond back tomorrow with no hard feelings. Can this come back and bite me in the bum somewhere, what do i need her to sign to say its OK 4 weeks is not needed by anyone. Just in case she phones Ofsted. No point in me giving 4 weks as she cant come as she is contagous, so the money will be wasted. Help needed plse. Ofsted cant help I have phoned them, they say just do as contract says.
    Anyone had this before. Apparantly nursery will take her (???) It is a serious case and all over face and hands and arms and legs. although i dont believe it.!!!! help plse.

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    It is contagious but there is NO exclusion period it is one of those contagious diseases that they can have for up to 2 years and children can catch it from anywhere!

    My DD had it and I still had to send her to school she can't have 18months - 2 years off can she! They aren't ill with it.

    I'm afraid you have done the wrong thing in this case and nursery will take her as they know that it isn't an exclusion.

    You have two choices
    1. exclude and lose the child
    2. back track and keep the child
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    Molluscum contagiosum is not an excludable condition!

    The child will have raised lumps on her skin and yes they are catchable but they are not harmful, just not nice to look at.

    You do not have to exclude the child at all because they are not treatable (it's a virus) they will go away by themselves over time.

    You simply need to risk assess and consider hygiene - hand washing, not touching them, keeping them covered etc.

    If you exclude the child you will not be meeting the requirements of the Eyfs or the Equality Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate all children.

    Please reconsider your decision.

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    My son had this

    It lasted about 2 years. The only thing the school asked was that he covered any part that was affected (which in our case was easy as it was only his tummy).

    He had to wear a T shirt for swimming.

    Hope you get this sorted.

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    I do think youre over reacting too , sorry.
    If you got a wart would you close? Its just as contagious and exclusion periods need to work both ways.

    Ds had several warts on his finger for several months , noone else got them either family or mindees - we just made sure he had his own towel .

    Maybe its not too late to reconsider , Im sure parent would understand if you explained.

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    I am afraid I agree too. Its one of those annoying little things of childhood that you can't do anything about. My daughter had them and also developed another awful rash as some sort of allergic reaction to them, she had to see a specialist due to the allergic reaction and was given eczema type treatments but as for the moluscum there is nothing you can do. I think half of primary school aged children and younger have them.
    You are just going to lose out as either a nursery or another childminder will take her on.
    My daughters lasted about 2 years and my son had them too. All gone now though.


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    My daughter had this for over 5 years, no one else in our family ever got it so I wouldn't worry xx

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    yeah my daughter has this a the moment, shes nine, she had it since september and luckily its just on her hairline so not very noticeable, they went around her class about 18months ago and she was one of the last to get them, although they are contagious its something you dont need to exclude for as good hygiene can help, although as your child is so young its difficult to stop them touching everything but its just one of them things that kids pick up, luckily doesnt make them ill just doesnt look too pleasant. my friends son was covered in them and he wasnt excluded from school or anything. it would be difficult with something that can last so long

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    One of my mindies had this for several years and came here as usual, no one else ever caught it.


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    My son had it, caught it from mindee (best friend) no one else here got it, keep to seperate towels etc and carry on!
    ***** proofed the house but they're still getting in!

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    Sorry I think you are wrong for excluding too.

    My 18 month old mindee has it. When one bursts they do spread, his poor tummy is covered at the moment.

    It is only on covered areas and the back of his knees. Thinking of asking his mum to supply an all in one swimming costume to cover him up for when they use the paddling pool.

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    Maybe you can back track and say that you've looked into it further and realsied its not excludable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by merry View Post
    One of my mindies had this for several years and came here as usual, no one else ever caught it.

    A mindee of mine had it, probably still does, as it's in a covered part I'm not sure. No one else has caught it here and he's had it for a few months.

    I'd backtrack if you can

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    I agree with the above comments, I have a four year old mindee who has had the problem for a few months now on her legs and bum but it has not caused any problems or even effected her sister who shares baths and the same clothes. As long as good hygiene is practised it shouldn't be a problem and depending on where it is on the body it may be able to be covered.
    I hope you can sort it out so you don't lose little mindee.

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    talking of contagious diseases.....i've just this minute had a phone call one of my little ones has slapped cheek virus!! they were in my house today and thought it was a reaction to the suncream.....hoping no-one else gets it!!

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    you're fine kitty as its not excludable but pregnant ladies have to be careful. xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlie potato View Post
    you're fine kitty as its not excludable but pregnant ladies have to be careful. xx
    the childs mum is pregnant so is worried, shes been sent for blood tests, hopefully all be ok

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    Think one of mine has the chicken pox, just waiting for mum to confirm it, so I can let the only parent of the only other child in my setting who hasnt had it, that she has been in contact

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    I would tell the parent that you made a mistake and, on taking further advice, it seems that its not an excludable disease after all. Apologise for being too hasty and offer to keep the child.

    You cannot stop the spread of molluscum, even with good hygiene (although obviously you should still have good hygiene practices) it is rife amongst small children and can last for years. One of my mindees has had it since reception and she is now in yr6 and still has it. None of my other mindees have caught it and nor has her brother.

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    I look after a child who has the same, its been there several months no one else has caught it and to be honest I never gave it a second thought when mum told me I just knew it wasnt something you wouldnt have to exclude for.

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