Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.

NSW Government Acts to Protect Children In Child Care Facilities

Friday June 7, 2013

Member for Mulgoa Mrs Tanya Davies MP has welcomed the announcement by Health Minister Jillian Skinner that unvaccinated children will face exclusion from child care facilities under new laws to be introduced by the NSW Government.

"As a parent of a young child myself, I am acutely aware and passionate about the need to protect our children in places where they assemble, whether they be in public or privately run facilities." Mrs Davies said.

Child care providers such as Kellyanne Gianatti, who operates Adventure Preschool in Regentville, have long been concerned that they are powerless to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as whooping cough, measles, and chicken pox within their child care facilities until a child displays symptoms. Often this is too late, as the critical period for spreading these types of diseases would have already passed.  

With the introduction of these new Government laws child care providers can legally deny enrolment to children whose parents or guardians cannot show proof of vaccination against preventable infectious diseases or provide an approved exemption.

Mrs Davies said these amendments will force parents and guardians of unvaccinated children to take action – either to vaccinate their child or to show why they should be exempt. 

"There is nothing to fear from vaccination but there is much to fear if your child contracts a preventable infectious disease. I encourage all parents and guardians to make vaccination a priority for their families." Mrs Davies said.