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Should I keep my child at home?

A child appearing to be unwell can be difficult for a parent to deal with.

This information aims to help you make a decision as to whether your child should be kept away from his or her childminder, pre-school or nursery.

We recognise that it can be difficult to take time off if you are a working parent to look after your child; however, childcare providers have a duty to protect other children in their care from infection.

Ofsted's standard for health states that all childcare providers "promote the good health of children" and that they "take positive steps to prevent the spread of infection".

Parents support is vital if childcare providers are to control the spread of unpleasant illnesses.

Poorly children are often miserable children which can cause additional difficulties for a childcare provider and distress for the child.

Five golden rules

Other considerations


Icon for pdf Infection Control Poster - Nov 2018 [2.27MB]