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Should I keep my child off preschool?

Sending your child to preschool is a significant milestone, both for parents and children. However, there are times when your child may not be feeling well enough to attend. Deciding whether to keep your child to Ducklings preschool due to illness can be a challenging decision for parents. In this blog, we'll discuss when it's appropriate to keep your children off from preschool if they are unwell, and why it's important to prioritise their health and the well-being of others in our community. It can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school, nursery or playgroup when they're unwell. There are government guidelines set by the NHS, which will be discussed below;

Should I keep my child off school? Preschool NHS

You SHOULD keep your child at HOME if they have any of the following;

  • Chickenpox (UNTIL at least 5 days from the onset of the rash and until all blisters have crusted over)

  • Diarrhoea and vomiting (UNTIL 48 hours after their last episode)

  • Cold and flu-like illness (including Covid-19) (UNTIL they no longer have a high temperature and feel well enough to attend.)

  • Impetigo (UNTIL their sores have crusted and healed, or 48 hours after they started antibiotics)

  • Measles (UNTIL 4 days after the rash first appeared)

  • Mumps (UNTIL 5 days after the swelling started)

  • Scabies (UNTIL they've had their first treatment)

  • Scarlet Fever (UNTIL 24 hours after they started taking antibiotics)

  • Whooping Cough (UNTIL 48 hours after they started taking antibiotics)

Your child can attend Ducklings Preschool if they have any of the following- HOWEVER, you need to inform us about this before attending;

  • Hand, foot, and mouth

  • Head lice

  • Threadworms

  • Glandular fever

  • Tonsillitis

  • Slapped Cheek



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