Identify exclusion periods for common childhood illnesses

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 1.5: Understand how to support children who are unwell
Learning outcome: 1.Know common childhood illnesses
Assessment criteria: 1.4 Identify exclusion periods for common childhood illnesses

  • Exclusion periods are the time that children should stay at home for when they are ill
  • Cold – does not need to be excluded
  • Influenza (flu) – may return when feeling better
  • Diarrhea/vomiting – 48hrs following last case of diarrhea/vomiting
  • Ear infections
  • Tonsilitis – does not need to be excluded
  • Whooping cough – 5 days following antibiotic treatment (or 21 days from when illness began if antibiotics not used)
  • Chickenpox – 5 days from rash first being seen
  • Measles – 4 days from rash first being seen
  • German measles (rubella) – 6 days from rash first being seen
  • Mumps – 5 days from beginning of illness
  • Scabies -does not need to be excluded
  • Hand, foot and mouth – does not need to be excluded
  • Impetigo – 48hrs following antibiotic treatment (or when lesions are crsuted/healed)
  • Scarlet fever – 24hrs following antibiotic treatment
  • Meningitis – as advised by doctor

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