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Guidelines to Illness

Summerhill’s Little Treasures is committed to the health and safety of all children and staff who play, develop and work here. As such, it will sometimes be necessary for an ill child to be collected early from setting or be kept at home whilst they get better.

In accordance with the procedures set out in the Health, Illness and Emergency policy, parents/carers will be notified immediately if their child has become ill and needs to go home. Poorly children will be comforted, kept safe and under close supervision until they are collected.

If you feel that your child is not able to take part in everyday activities within the setting (which take place both outside and inside most days), due to illness then you should decide whether your child is well enough to be in the setting.

As you are aware, illness spreads very quickly with young children. With this in mind we are sure you will agree that any measures preventing the spread of illness are in the interest of all your children.


It is difficult to advise on the length of time children should be away from the nursery with other childhood illnesses.  Obviously children vary in their reaction to illnesses – some may have mild cases and recover quickly, whilst others are very poorly and take much longer to recover.  If you are in doubt please speak to a member of staff for advice.  In line with the Infectious and Communicable Diseases Policy the following should be adhered to. 


Chicken Pox    

A minimum of 5 days and then until all vessels have crusted over

German measles  

4 days from onset of rash  (providing the child appears well)


4 days from onset of rash (providing the child appears well)


5 days from the onset of the swelling


48 hours from the last episode of diarrhea or vomiting








Dysentery, Food Poisoning, Diphtheria, Jaundice, Meningitis, Poliomyelitis, Scarlet Fever, Tuberculosis, Typhoid, Whooping Cough Until subsidence of symptoms, until declared fit to return or until declared fit to return by medical practitioner.

Please consider the following carefully before sending your child back to into the setting.

  1. A child sent back too quickly often picks up another illness.
  2. Children often appear well at home, but experience a lack of energy when confronted with a busy school session.
  3. In the case of chicken pox children may return after all spots have completely dried up.  However, do remember that children scratch and knock off scabs easily and this can lead to infection when playing in the sand etc.

We hope that these guidelines will be useful.  We do not want to encourage absence from Nursery but would like to prevent illness whenever possible. For further guidance please visit Health Protection Agency

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