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With the welfare of the sick child in mind, and in the interests of the other children, we are unable to accept sick children into the Nursery.

No child should attend Nursery or Day Care with a temperature. If you are unsure about bringing your child, a telephone call to us before the start of your child’s session is advisable. It may prevent an unnecessary journey. If, in the opinion of the staff, a child becomes ill during the session, then the parent/carer will be contacted and requested to collect him/her as soon as possible. The staff of the Nursery must be convinced that the child is well enough to allow them to return.

Please note: In the case of a serious accident or illness occurring, then the parent/carer will be contacted immediately, along with the child’s GP, and the appropriate action will be taken. In the unlikely event of the parent/carer not being available the most senior staff member will assume charge and, if necessary, take the child to hospital along with all the relevant details.

Guidance on Minimum recommended Periods to be kept away from Nursery/the Centre

Antibiotics (prescribed)
First day at home.

Chicken Pox
Five days from onset of rash.  Chicken Pox can also affect expectant mothers.


Coughs, Colds and Sore Throats
Keep child off if cough, cold or sore throat is persistent, severe or accompanied by other symptoms such as high fever (over 38°C, rash, diarrhoea, vomiting or they are not feeling well).

Diarrhoea and/or Sickness
Need 48 hours for recovery after the last bout of diarrhoea and/or vomiting. i.e. 48 hours after last episode.

Exclusion is essential. Please liaise with the local Health Authority.

Fever (over 37.5°C)
Keep child off Nursery if they have a sustained high temperature or are showing other signs of illness.

German Measles (Rubella)
Six day from onset of rash.  Rubella can be harmful to expectant mothers.

Hand, Foot and Mouth

Head Lice
None.  Easily transmitted from head to head.  Please follow the Centre’s guidance on ‘Facts of Lice’ and inform the Nursery so we can inform other parents.

Hepatitis A
Seven days after onset of  jaundice (or seven days after symptom onset if no jaundice).

Hepatitis B or C

Until lesions are crusted or healed, or 48 hours after commencing antibiotic treatment.

Four days from onset of rash.

Meningitis viral

Five days from onset of swelling.

Warts and verrucae

Ringworm of body
Exclusion not usually required.

Child can return after first treatment.

Scarlet Fever
Child can return 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment.

Slapped Cheek Syndrome
None.  Can occasionally affect an unborn child if exposed early in pregnancy (before 20 weeks).



Always consult your local HPU.

Further exclusion may be required for some children until they are no longer excreting.

48 hours from last episode.

Whooping Cough
5 days from commencing antibiotic treatment or 21 days from onset of illness if no antibiotic treatment given.