Exclusion Policy

In the event of a child being suspected / confirmed to be suffering with a communicable disease, or considered too ill to participate in normal nursery activities, their parent/carer will be contacted immediately and encouraged to collect the child. This maybe in the instances of:-

  • The child requires special medical care and attention.
  • There is reasonable cause to believe that the child is or may be suffering from a contagious / communicable disease, and therefore remains a risk to other children at the nursery.
  • A child who has been prescribed a course of antibiotics will not be admitted to the nursery for the first 24 hours of the course of the treatment.

Where this is confirmed the managers will ensure that all staff and parents/carers are notified of their child’s exposure to infection. This is particularly important with regards to Rubella, given the danger it represents to pregnant women.

Details of any communicable disease will be identified and displayed in a prominent position within the nursery to inform all parents/carers and visitors.

The following table explains the guidelines the nursery follows for the Common diseases and symptoms requiring exclusion.
Disease/IllnessExclusion periodComments
Prescribed AntibioticsFirst 24 hours after first dose.In case of any reaction and child is more than likely not well enough to attend.
ConjunctivitisNoneUnless antibiotics are prescribed.
(see prescribed antibiotics)
Chicken PoxFive days from the onset of rash. Until all blisters are dry. Parents /carers to be advised if pregnant – contact GP
Diarrhoea and VomitingYour child can return 24 hours after last loose movement or bout of sickness.Children will be sent home if they are sick or have 3 loose bowel movements.
This will be increased to 48 hours when advised by the Local Health Authority
Slapped Cheek, Fifth DiseaseNoneParents /carers to be advised if pregnant – contact GP
Gastro- enteritis, Salmonella/Food poisoning
Until well. 48 hours after diarrhoea and/or vomiting has stopped or authorised by your GP.
Hand, Foot and Mouth DiseaseNoneGood hygiene practice required to prevent spread of infection.
Head liceNoneTreatment is recommended only in cases where live lice have been seen.
ImpetigoUntil lesions are crusted and healed or 48 hours after antibiotics commenced.Good hygiene practice required to prevent spread of infection.
MeaslesFour days from onset of rashPreventable via vaccination.

Parents /carers to be advised if pregnant to contact their GP as there is a small risk to the unborn child.

Meningococcal Infection (meningitis)Until recoveredMeningitis C is preventable by vaccination.
MumpsFive days after onset of swellingPreventable via vaccination
Whooping coughFive days from the commencement of treatment, or 21 days from the onset of illness if no antibiotic treatment.Preventable via vaccination.
German Measles (Rubella)Six days from onset of rashPreventable via vaccination

Parents /carers to be advised if pregnant to contact their GP as there is a small risk to the unborn child.