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Hi everyone didnt know quite where to start this topic but I am wondering if any one knows of a more up to date Guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings apart from this one

http://www.hpa.org.uk/webc/HPAwebFile/HPAweb_C/1274087715902

It is dated April 2010 , thought it may have been updated within the last 4 years does anyone know?

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Interesting. My son's school sent out information last term issued by our local council which stated that children only neeeded to be kept off school for 24 hours following diorrohea and vomiting. I assumed the rules had changed so maybe there is a more recent document out there somewhere. I haven't found it though.

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Interesting. My son's school sent out information last term issued by our local council which stated that children only neeeded to be kept off school for 24 hours following diorrohea and vomiting. I assumed the rules had changed so maybe there is a more recent document out there somewhere. I haven't found it though.

I think it has been 24 hours for schools but 48 hours for Early years settings for a long time now.......

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Interesting. My son's school sent out information last term issued by our local council which stated that children only neeeded to be kept off school for 24 hours following diorrohea and vomiting. I assumed the rules had changed so maybe there is a more recent document out there somewhere. I haven't found it though.

Call me cynical, but I think that's more to do with attendance figures than infection control.....

 

 

We've got 48 hours clearly stated in our policies, and point this out when parents start with the.. 'but the school says 24'

I did read somewhere that early years need 48 hours as they are not so 'in control' of their own personal hygiene, where as slightly older children are better at washing hands etc.

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Just to be contentious here - surely all of this is guidance not some sort of dictat.

Thankfully Molly's document retains the 48 hour exclusion - if it didn't I would still stick at 48 hours for my setting - given that the children are so young and as Louby Lou says not quite as good as (some) older children in respect of managing their personal hygiene giving them time to get over any nasty lurgies can only be a good thing.

As a private setting not tied to a school we thankfully don't have to do what the schools do although the schools in my area insist on 48 hours

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So right Sue.

For example on that list it says 'chicken pox' 5 days after onset of rash.

We stand by our policy which says 'once the last spot has scabbed over' - we keep to this in the interest of the child. They play in sand, water and playdough, they 'need' to be scabbed over xD :lol: xD

Unfortunately (well fortunately really!!) we have to put the child first rather than a working parent.

That said - it's easier for us as a term-time sessional setting, and it must be really hard - even draining - to have to work with working parents and the pressure they too are under not being able to get childcare cover for sick children :( :(

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I'm with you on the "scabbing over" approach Louby Loo - I also hear what you are saying about working parents but each parent is allowed up to 13 weeks unpaid leave to look after a child - I know it's a financial hit if they have to take time off to look after a sick little one BUT when my children were small I used to have to take unpaid leave if they were sick and that is the case for my working mums now because funnily enough there's not enough funding in early years to pay them to take time off in term time!

This book on Family Friendly Rights is quite useful

http://www.aslef.org.uk/files/109191/FileName/FamilyFriendlyRights.pdf

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I have been quite surprised on a number of occasions when the local schools have accepted children with infectious diseases. And it can only be because of attendance figures which is really shocking. I am very firm with our parents and will stand my ground and send an infectious child home.

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Thanks so much! I wish I could find the printer friendly version anyone? lol probably asking too much now haha

I've printed from that link .... To a tinny weeny a4 size . No one will enable to read it without good glasses though!!!

 

Still I can flap it around and then say my own thing :-) xxx

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