Exclusion periods for common infectious illnesses

  • ILLNESS      

    INCUBATION

    PERIOD

    INFECTIOUS

    PERIOD

    EXCLUSION

    PERIOD

    Chicken Pox13 – 17 days1 – 2 days before rash appears until all spots scabbed over (usually 5-7 days)When all spots are scabbed over (minimum of 5 days from rash)
    Conjunctivitis12 hrs to 3 daysAs long as symptoms are presentNo exclusion for mild cases, more severe cases will be excluded until discharge is controlled

    Gastroenteritis/Diarrhoea & vomiting

    A few hours to a few daysNot always infectiousUntil free of symptoms for 48 hours
    Hand, foot & mouth disease3 – 5 days4 – 6 days Exclusion not always necessary, dependent on severity of case
    Impetigo4 – 10 daysWhile the spots are discharging pusOnce the lesions have crusted or healed

    Cold Sores

    Unexplained

    diarrhoea &/or

    vomiting (e.g.

    car sickness,

    teething, coughing etc.)

    2 – 12 days

    N/A

    While ‘active’ cold sore is present

    N/A

    Until sores have completely dried

    At manager’s

    discretion:

    (if there are other cases of D&/orV the child may be excluded as a precaution)


    Please note that the nursery reserve the right to refuse entry to a child whom they believe is unwell enough to attend or who may be infectious to the other children.


    This policy was reviewed in May 2018.