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Regular attendance at school helps your child to build skills and life-long friendships and prepares them for future success. It can be difficult to know whether your child is too ill or too anxious to attend school. The advice below can support you in making a decision about when to send your child to school/nursery.
By law if your child is aged 5 to 16 years old they must be in full time education (at school or at home). It's important to phone school or nursery the first morning and let them know if you are keeping your child at home and the reason they won’t be in.
Missing a lot of school because of ill health can have a big impact not only on your child’s education, but also on how they feel about school. It may affect their confidence, make them feel socially isolated and they may feel nervous about going back to school.
If your child is well enough to go to school but has an infection that could be passed on, such as worms or head lice, let their teacher know.
The advice below is based on government guidelines. Some schools and nurseries may have their own rules. If these rules are causing problems and are different to those below then it may be worth directing your child's school or nursery to the official guidelines by the UK Health Security Agency.
For more information go to Conjunctivitis.
For more information go to information on Headache, Earache and/or Tummy Ache.
For more information go to Hand, foot and mouth, Warts and Verrucae, Athletes Foot, Molluscum Contagiosum.
Children and young people with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education setting. However, if your child has a high temperature or is unwell, they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can go back to school or childcare, and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough to attend.
For more information go to Cough and Cold.
For more information go to Sore Throat.
Only keep at home if the rash is weeping and cannot be covered. If the spots are in a part of the body that cannot be covered over, they can return to school when all the spots have crusted over.
For more information go to High Temperature/Fever.
Find out more about the Flu Vaccine for Children.
For more information go to Diarrhoea and Vomiting.
For more information go to Impetigo.
For more information go to Measles.
For more information go to Chickenpox.
For more information go to German Measles (Rubella).
Note: If you think that your child has measles, Mumps or German Measles (Rubella) (MMR), please let your GP surgery know as they are all notifiable diseases.
Vaccinations are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases. It is important that vaccines are given on time for the best protection. For more information on the NHS vaccination schedule for children please visit NHS vaccinations and when to have them
For more information go to Strep A and scarlet fever.
For more information go to Mumps.
For more information go to Whooping Cough.
If your child's school or nursery says that they are unable to give an over the counter medication without a prescription, this is incorrect. Over the counter medications, such as hay fever treatment or simple pain relief may be given as long as dosing instructions are clearly written on the medication. All the appropriate and necessary information is included by the manufacturer. Please do not make a GP appointment to obtain over the counter medications with a prescription; you will be advised to get this from the pharmacy directly.
Information in this guide is taken from the UK Health Security agency guidelines “Health protection in children and young people settings, including education: A practical guide for staff on managing cases of infectious diseases in schools and other childcare settings.
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