Sickness & Exclusion

At The Montessori People, we want to help guard children and adults against infectious diseases whilst in our nursery, and prevent the spread of infection. This is to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all our children and staff

Our measures around sickness and exclusion form part of our commitment to place the health, safety and well-being of all our children above anything else.


  • All medication MUST be signed in each day, clearly stating the correct dosage amount and time to be administered.
  • All medication MUST be prescribed by a doctor (medication can be given if prescribed by a qualified pharmacist – at the management’s discretion)
  • All medication MUST be given to a member of staff to be stored away from children NOT left in children’s bags.
  • A record of ALL medication administered will be kept; parents/carers will be required to sign and acknowledge this each day.

Care Plans

We want to provide the best care to all children attending our Nursery School; therefore if your child has any additional needs in terms of medication (asthma, special diets etc) please complete a care plan to assist us. These can be obtained from the main office.


Parents and carers will be informed of any changes to children’s health during the day whilst in our Nursery School, and if required will be asked to collect them as soon as possible. Your advice will be sought.

We have guidelines in place to protect all our children and staff, therefore in the event of an infectious disease an exclusion period away from nursery will be necessary.

All parents will be informed via a notice on the classroom door/verbal communication if an infectious disease is spreading.

Exclusion Periods

MEASLES 4 days from onset of rash
MUMPS 5 days from onset of swelling
CHICKEN POX 5 days from onset of rash / once all spots have dried/crusted over
WHOOPING COUGH 5 days after treatment begins
DIARRHOEA (collected after 3 in short succession) 48 hours since last episode
SICKNESS 48 hours since last episode
PARASITIC INFECTION (Lice, Worms) Can return once treatment begins
IMPETIGO 48 hours after treatment begins
SCARLET FEVER 24 hours after treatment
SCABIES Can return once treatment begins
CONJUNCTIVITIS 48 hours after treatment to be sought to stop spread

Please note that we reserve the right to ask for a doctor’s note if we are in any doubt of a child’s health upon returning to nursery.

Further information can be found on the Health Protection Agency website.


If a child with a fever displays the following symptoms, parents will be contacted immediately:

  • Very sleepy/staring expression/too sleepy to wake up
  • Breathing fast/breathing difficulties
  • Extreme shivering
  • ‘Pin Prick’ rash/marks or purple bruises to body
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting/refusal to feed
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Irritable when held, with a high pitched cry
  • Blotchy Skin, getting paler or turning blue
  • Stiff body with jerky movements or else floppy and lifeless

Further information can be found on the Government’s Meningococcal disease: guidance, data and analysis website.

Thank you for working with us on all the above. By working together we can all help to make sure our Nursery School is a happy, healthy environment for your child to attend.

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