Exclusion Period for Illness / Communicable Diseases

This information is a guide. For more information please see your GP.

Infection / illness

Exclusion

Notes

Antibiotics prescribed

First day at home

Medicine forms to be filled in at nursery

Athletes foot

None

None

Chicken pox

5 days from onset of rash

It is not necessary to wait until the spots have healed or crusted

Cold sores (herpes simplex virus)

None

Many healthy children & adults have this virus at some point without getting a sore

Conjunctivitis

None

None

Coughs, colds & sore throats

None

Can come in if they are well enough. They will not be admitted if they are unwell or have severe coughing fits

Diarrhea & vomiting

48 hours from last bout

None

E coli

Seek medical advice

Seek medical advice as it depends on the type

Flu (influenza)

None

Flu is most contagious just before the onset of symptoms, if they are well then they can come in

German measles (rubella)

5 days from onset of rash

The child is most infectious before the diagnosis is made. Most children are immunized

Glandular fever

None

The child can return when they feel well enough

Hand, foot & mouth

None

As long as the child is well

Head lice

None

Please use a treatment advised by pharmacist & let the nursery know so we can inform other parents

Hepatitis

Seek medical advice

The child can return when well enough and on medical advice

Impetigo

3-5 days

Highly contagious, child can return when lesions have crusted or healed

Measles

7 days from onset of rash

Very contagious

Meningitis

Seek medical advice

They can return when advised to by a doctor

Mumps

5-7 days

Most children have had immunization, 5-7 days from onset of rash

Plantar warts

None

Should be treated & covered

Poliomyelitis

Seek medical advice

Can return to nursery when cleared by doctor

Ring worm (body)

None

Ensure treatment is given

Ring worm (scalp)

Until cleared

Easily treated, see your GP or pharmacist

Scabies

24 hours

24 hours after treatment is started – fill in medicine form at nursery

Scarlet fever

24 hours

24 hours from treatment – fill in medicine form at nursery

Slapped cheek disease

None

Until recovered – please be aware that this disease can be harmful to expectant mothers

Temperature

None

Child can return when well enough

Threadworms

None

Prompt treatment for the whole family. Please inform the nursery

Tonsillitis

None

Seek medical advice as antibiotics may be given. Child can return when well enough

Tuberculosis

Seek medical advice

Can return when cleared by a doctor. Consult with local health authority

Typhoid fever

Seek medical advice

Can return when advised to by doctor

Whooping cough

5 days from start of antibiotics

Seek medical advice. Non infectious coughing may continue for many weeks

Teething gel & calpol – can be administered as long as the parent completes a medicine form, if symptoms persist for longer than 3 days medical advice must be sought