Communicable Diseases and our Policies

If your child is suffering from one of the below, you must adhere to our guidelines for exclusion to safeguard your child, other children and our team. These guidelines have been taken from Public Health England. We reserve the right to request a child to be collected or kept at home if we feel they are not well enough to be at nursery or it might affect the wellbeing of the child and/or other children.

What it is calledOur Policy
Further Advice
Antibiotics
Children must not attend nursery until 48 hours after the first dose in case of allergic reaction
We will administer antibiotics, please bring them to nursery with prescription and child’s name label and confirm the last time it was administered (consent is required)
Immunisations
Children must remain at home for 48 hours after the first dose in case of allergic reaction
See your child keyworker to advice about child’s absence prior to immunisation appointment.
Chicken Pox
Children must remain at home until all of the blisters have crusted over or the skin has healed (usually 5 days but can take longer)
Calpol and Nurofen will help to bring down a temperature. There are various medicated lotions available at over the counter pharmacies to help with the itching.
Common Cold Symptoms
Children are not required to stay at home unless the symptoms worsen
We will administer Calpol if the manager/nursery nurse deems it is necessary or requested by parent (consent is required).
Conjunctivitis
Children are not required to stay at home unless there is a number of conjunctivitis cases in the nursery
Wash the eyes with water regularly and ensure good hand hygiene
Diarrhoea and/or vomiting
Children must remain at home for 48 hours after last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting
Ensure your child has plenty of liquids and stays hydrated
FluChildren must remain at home until fully recovered
Calpol and Nurofen will help to bring down a temperature associated with flu. Seek doctor’s assistance if the symptoms persist.
German Measles / Rubella
Children must remain at home for 4 days after onset of rash.
Ensure good hand hygiene to prevent spreading. Pregnant women must speak to their GP. Preventable by having MMR vaccination
Head Lice
Child can come into nursery as long as the head lice is treated/being treated
There are various medicated shampoos/ointments available at over the counter pharmacies. Please ensure that you tie your child’s hair back to minimize the spread of lice
ImpetigoChildren must remain at home for 48 hours after the first dose of treatment or until lesions are fully healed
Encourage your child not to touch the lesions, wash hands frequently to avoid spreading.
Measles
Children must remain at home for 4 days after onset of the rash
Ensure good hand hygiene to prevent spreading. Preventable by having MMR vaccination
MumpsExclude child for five days after onset of swelling
Ensure good hand hygiene to prevent spreading. Preventable by having MMR vaccination
ScabiesChildren must remain at home until after the first treatment is completed
Household and close contacts require treatment
Scarlet Fever (Scarlatina)
Child can return 48 hours after starting appropriate antibiotic treatment
Ensure good hand hygiene to prevent spreading.
Antibiotic treatment is recommended for the affected child
ShinglesChildren must remain at home until rash has healed and blisters if any, have scabbed/healed
Can cause chickenpox in those who are not immune, ie have not had chickenpox. It is spread by very close contact and touch. Pregnant women must speak to their GP.
Viral Infection
Children should remain at home until they are well
Calpol and Nurofen will help to bring down a temperature associated with viral infections.
Whooping Cough
Children must remain at home for five days from starting antibiotic treatment, or 21 days from onset of illness if no antibiotic treatment is given
Preventable by vaccination. After treatment, non-infectious coughing may continue for many weeks
Hand, Foot and Mouth
Children should remain at home until they completely recover and produce the doctor’s note as confirmation
See GP for further information