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Infectious Illness


What to do if your child gets an infectious illness?


Children get sick, and the most successful viruses don't show their symptoms until they've had a chance to spread. It's therefore impossible to keep children from sharing germs. However, there are some guidelines about what to do with the main illnesses:

Cough & cold (no fever): depending on how you feel, decide whether to bring the child in or not. If you do bring your child in, please bring in tissues (if a runny nose) and teach you child to cough into their elbow or hand.

Flu (fever): if there is a fever, your child probably won't want to go to school anyway. We recommend you keep your child at home.

Chicken Pox: ages 2-4 is the most common time for children to get chicken pox, and nursery schools are rife with it. Many parents consider it better to get chicken pox early in life and some even deliberately expose their children to chicken pox. Chicken pox can't be controlled, because it's infectious period is well before the spots appear (as well as until spots have crusted over).

Please inform us on 01923 252086 if your child has chicken pox, so that we can issue a notice letting people know to expect symptoms in their own children. Keep them away from school until the spots have crusted over.

Diarrhea: diarrhea is almost invariably caused by bacteria or viruses that exist in the poo, and by their nature get everywhere. Please keep your child away from school for the entire duration of the diarrhea and for 48 hours after the diarrhea has gone away.