Is your child too unwell for school/nursery?

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Is your child too unwell for school/nursery?

It can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school or nursery when they’re unwell. Most schools and nurseries have their own guidelines on this and how long a child should stay off after being unwell but there is a useful guide available.

Some of the illness outlined in the Government Guidelines are as follows:

Illness Government Guidance
Chickenpox You should keep children off school/nursery until all the
spots have crusted over – this is typically about 5 days after
the first spots appear.
Coldsore There is no need to keep your child off school/nursery.
Conjunctivitis There is no need to keep your child off school/nursery.
Ear infection If your child has an ear infection and a fever or severe ear ache, its best to keep them off school/nursery until their fever goes away and their feeling better.
Fever Keep them off school/nursery until the fever goes away.
Hand, foot and mouth disease If your child has hand, foot and mouth disease but seems well enough to go to school/nursery, there’s no need to keep them off
Head lice and nits There is no need to keep your child off school/nursery.
Impetigo They will need antibiotic treatment from the GP and should be kept off school/nursery until the sores have crusted over and healed or for 48 hours after they start antibiotics.
Ringworm There is no need to keep your child off school/nursery, once they have started treatment.
Scarlet fever They will need antibiotics from the GP but can go back to school/nursery after starting them.
Slapped cheek syndrome You do not need to keep your child off school/nursery because once the rash has appeared they are no longer infectious.
Sore Throat Your child can still attend school/nursery however, if they have a fever they should stay at home under it goes away.
Threadworms There is no need to keep your child off school/nursery.
Vomiting & Diarrhoea Children should be kept off school/nursery for 2 days after their symptoms have cleared up.

*Please be aware that schools and nurseries rules on the above may vary, so its best to check with them if you are unsure.

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