Guidance on Illness


As some children at the Group will have lower resistance to infection we can't accept sick children

 No child should attend the Group if they have a high  temperature, vomiting, diarrhoea or any symptoms of a communicable  disease (e.g. measles, mumps, chickenpox etc.).

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.

PLEASE NOTE: In the unlikely event of a serious  accident or illness occurring, then the parent/carer will be contacted  immediately along with the childs GP, and the appropriate action taken.  If the parent cannot be reached then the most senior member of staff  will assume charge and if necessary accompany the child to hospital.

Guidance on Minimum Periods of Exclusion

Taking prescribed antibiotics : First day at home
Chicken Pox : Infectious for about 24 hours before appearance of rash until all spots are dry and scabbed over, usually 6 – 7 days.
Conjunctivitis : Children should not return until treatment is finished and the eye is clear.
Coughs, Colds, sore throats : Any child with uncontrollable coughing cannot be accepted.
Gastric Upsets : Must have 48 hours for recovery after the last bout of diarrhoea/vomiting. If a child returns too soon it can introduce infection into the group.
German Measles (rubella) : From onset of the rash we advise a MINIMUM of 4 days away.
Hand, Foot and Mouth : Should not return until treatment has been given and spots cleared – usually after 5 days
Head Lice : Follow guidelines on bug busting and inform the group so we can warn other parents
Hepatitis : We are unable to accept the child until declared fit by a doctor
Impetigo (and other infectious skin disorders) : Should not return until scabs have cleared from affected area
Measles : At least 7 days from onset of rash
Meningitis : Child cannot be accepted until declared fit by a doctor.
Mumps : Child cannot return until swelling has gone down and temperature normal. At least 7 days.
Poliomyelitis : Cannot return until declared fit by appropriate health official.
Scabies : Red, itchy rash in between fingers. Can return once treatment has begun.
Scarlet Fever : Cannot return until fully recovered and treatment completed.
Slapped Cheek Disease : Must be fully recovered.
Temperature : If sent home ill, a child must be off 24 hours.
Threadworms : No need for exclusion but whole family requires treatment and group should be informed.
Tonsilitis : Treatment must be complete and the child recovered.
Tuberculosis : Please liaise with Local Health Authority.
Typhoid Fever : Child cannot return until declared free from infection by appropriate health authority.
Vomiting : Child must be off for 48 hours after last bout.
Whooping Cough : Child cannot return until fully recovered and treatment completed – usually 21 days from onset.

If you have any doubts about whether your child is well enough to attend, please contact the group.