Sick Child Policy
For the health and well-being of your child, other children in my care and my own health I must have a clear policy about how I manage children who are unwell. If you child becomes unwell before they are due to attend please contact me as soon as possible so we can discuss whether or not it is appropriate for them to attend.
Children will not be able to attend:
Until 48 hours after the last symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting
If they are running a temperature
If you have given them paracetamol/ibuprofen to bring down a temperature
According to the exclusion periods listed at the end of this policy
In the first 24/48 hrs of taking antibiotics (in case of a reaction)
All children will suffer with minor colds and viruses. I will be able to care for them provided:
It does not significantly impair their overall well-being
It does not impact on the care of the other children
Each case will need to be considered individually and it is important that you discuss it with me as soon as possible to give us every opportunity to find a solution that is best for your child. If you feel that your child is likely to need paracetamol/ibuprofen during the day I will not consider them well enough to attend.
Please refer to my medication policy for further details about how I deal with children's medicines.
The following page contains information about exclusions periods for a range of conditions and diseases.
Minimum exclusion periods for infectious conditions and diseases
Disease/Condition Exclusion period
Chicken Pox 5 days from first appearance of rash
Cold Sores None. Avoid contact with sores
Conjunctivitis 24 hours or until the discharge from eyes has stopped
Diphtheria* Until certified well by doctor
Diarrhoea and Vomiting 48 hours after symptoms cleared
Glandular Fever Until fully recovered
Gastro-enteritis, E. Coli, Food Poisoning, Salmonella and Dysentery
Until certified well by doctor
Hand, Foot and Mouth disease While rash and ulcers are present
Hepatitis A* Until certified well
Hepatitis B* and C* None
High temperature 24 hours
Impetigo Until the skin has healed
Influenza Until recovered
Measles* 5 days from onset of rash
Meningitis* Until recovered
Molluscum Contagiosum None
Mumps* 5 days from onset of swollen glands
Pediculosis (lice) Until treatment has been given
Pertussis* (Whooping cough) 21 days from the onset or 5 days from commencing antibiotic treatment
Poliomyelitis Until certified well by doctor
Ringworm of scalp Until cured
Ringworm of the body Until treatment has been given
Rubella* (German Measles) 5 days from onset of rash
Scabies Until treatment has been given
Scarlet fever* 5 days from start of the treatment
Slapped Check, Fifth Disease None
Streptococcal infection of the throat 3 days from the start of the treatment
Tuberculosis* Until certified well by doctor
Typhoid*, Paratyphoid* Until certified well by doctor
Warts (including Verruca) None. Verruca sufferers should keep feet covered
* Denotes a notifiable disease.
If in any doubt contact local health services for further information.