Health

Exclusion periods for common infectious diseases

Listed below are some common childhood ailments and the procedures you should take regarding the child’s attendance at Pre-School:

IllnessRecommended period to be kept off Pre-School
Sickness, diarrhoea, Food poisoning The child should be kept at home for at least 48 hours following the last bout of illness

You should regularly check your child’s hair for lice (once a week). If lice or nits are found you should comb the child’s hair with a ‘nit comb’ and conditioner. The child may attend pre-school as long as the above treatment is administered. The Pre-School staff should also be notified so that they can remind other parents to be vigilant.
Head lice
Hand, foot & mouthNot required to be kept away from pre-school unless your child is feeling unwell.
ScabiesShould be kept at home until treated.
ImpetigoThis is highly contagious and children should be kept at home until the scabs have dried and fallen off or 48 hours after antibiotic treatment.
ChickenpoxThe child should not attend Pre-School until all the spots have crusted over and are dry.
ConjunctivitisNot required to be kept away from pre-school unless your child is feeling unwell.
Glandular Fever
Slap Cheek
Parvovirus
Fifths Disease
Mumps, Measles and RubellaMust not return to Pre-School until at least 5 days after diagnoses or longer if unwell.
Whooping Cough5 days from commencing antibiotic treatment or 21 days if no antibiotic treatment