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What to do if your child is ill

  • Keep your child at home if he/she don't seem well enough to take part in nursery activities, or if you suspect they may have an infection that could be passed on to others
  • Let us know that your child is unwell and how long he/she might be absent
  • Seek medical advice if your are concerned or unsure
  • If your child becomes ill at nursery, we will call you and ask you, or someone you have authorised to collect them

How long should I keep my child away from nursery?

It is important that an infectious child is kept away from nursery to prevent them spreading the infection.  The table below shows some of the most common infections and how long children should stay away from nursery.

Diarrhoea and vomiting

48 hours AFTER the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting


None, but please keep your child away if he/she has a fever or is unwell


Until all blisters have dried up and crusted over


Until fully recovered

Hand, foot and mouth

None, unless advised otherwise by a healthcare professional


Until sores/blisters have crusted and healed or 48 hours after starting antibiotics


None, but your child must be treated (available from a pharmacist)


None, but all family members must be treated (available from a pharmacist)


For other infections, please ask us about our exclusion policy.


Please remember that, while we follow strict hygiene procedures to prevent the spread of infection, we are in an environment where germs spread easily among children and babies.  Please help us by

  • Keeping your child at home if he/she has an infection, including diarrhoea and/or vomiting
  • Keeping your child's vaccinations up-to-date
  • If your child is old enough, show him/her how to blow their nose, cover their coughs and wash their hands