When a child is unwell

Pre-school staff have experience of many common childhood illnesses. If you are unsure whether your child should be at Pre-school, please ask us. If a child arrives at the setting and the Overseer does not consider them well enough to attend, the parent/carers will be advised accordingly.  Please consider that if you have had to give your child medication such as Calpol during the night then they are probably not well enough to attend Pre-school that day. We will make every effort to stop the spread of infection within the setting, but can only do this with the co-operation of parent/carers.

Below are some common childhood ailments and information on exclusion periods.

  • Coughs, colds and sore throats – we appreciate that children often pick up cold viruses without being ill and accept they do not need to stay away from the setting. However, if they have a raised temperature, continued cough, or are unable to eat, then exclusion will be necessary.
  • Sickness and / or Diarrhoea – any child who has been sick or had diarrhoea) must be kept away from the setting for at least 48 hours after the last episode of sickness and / or diarrhoea. Even if a child has only been sick once, or you believe there is some cause other than a stomach bug, they may still be infectious and should still stay away from Pre-school to avoid the infection spreading.
  • Temperatures – any child with a raised temperature, even if not accompanied by any other symptoms, should be kept at home until their temperature returns to normal.

For more information see our Sickness Policy.