Guidelines about Illnesses

If your child is ill, it is in their best interests to be in their home environment. We believe that if a child is well enough to attend nursery they must be able to participate in the full range of experiences on offer, including access to opportunities outdoors.

We follow the ‘Guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings’ Public Health England with regards to exclusion periods for illnesses.

Sickness and Diarrhoea
In the case of ‘tummy upsets’ it is vital that your child stays away from nursery for at least 48 hours after the last episode of sickness or diarrhoea.

We recommend you seek medical advice as to appropriate treatment. Your child may attend nursery if they are well in themselves, however, should an outbreak occur exclusion may be required.

General coughs and colds
Coughs and colds are very common in young children. As a general rule your child may attend nursery, if they are well enough in themselves.

Head lice
Please check your child’s hair regularly and if you find any signs of live lice they must be treated.

Rashes and skin infections
Children with rashes should be considered infectious and assessed by their doctor.

Chicken Pox
Children should be kept away from nursery until all spots have crusted over.

Children should be kept away from nursery until lesions are crusted and healed, or 48 hours after starting antibiotic treatment.
We need to know if your child has asthma, and if an inhaler is used, we need to keep one at nursery. You will be asked to complete an Individual Healthcare Plan for your child.

As a general rule children are prescribed medicines e.g. antibiotics, are recovering from an illness and are not well enough to come to nursery. Therefore, we require all children to be kept away from nursery for 48 hours of starting antibiotic treatment.

Please do not hesitate to discuss any illness or treatment with the staff.

Full policies on medicines and illness and exclusion are available in the entrance hall.

Further exclusions can be made at the manager’s discretion and decisions based on the best interests of all children and staff.